The Lawrence Hall of Science
The public science center of the University of California, Berkeley.
10:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.
Bring your students to The Lawrence, or bring our inquiry-based science programs to you.
We partner with school districts to support science learning. We offer district-wide elementary, middle, and high school programs, either virtually or in-person.
We collaborate with a range of partners to innovate in science education. Together, we go further.
1968: The Lawrence Hall of Science, named in honor of Ernest Orlando Lawrence, opens to the public.
“The Hall, as was Lawrence, is centrally concerned with the youth, with science, and with the future.”
– Nobel Laureate Glenn T. Seaborg,at the opening Ceremony 1968
1973: We develop the first participatory planetarium, where visitors are invited to ask questions and contribute ideas.
1977: We introduce programs to address bias in math and science education.
1978: Through the Friday Project (FRID), The Lawrence Hall of Science is one of the first institutions to offer public access to computers.
1983: The National Commission on Excellence in Education publishes “A Nation At Risk,” a searing report outlining the deficits in math and science education in U.S. schools.
2010: Engineering gets hands-on at our new Ingenuity Lab. Tomorrow’s inventors start today, designing, building, and testing their ideas with the support of UC Berkeley students, staff, and volunteers.
2016: The Lawrence joins the Museums for All initiative, offering free admission to EBT cardholders.
2021: From our science center to our website, The Lawrence has a new look and feel, making it more relevant, accessible, and ready to inspire tomorrow.