Featured Exhibits

Virtually Human

In this new exhibit, use human facial expressions and emotions to explore how AIs perceive the world around them.

Animal Discovery Zone

With our international colony of teaching animals—from chinchillas to box turtles—you can learn about animal behavior and habitats. Our knowledgeable staff will introduce you to our wonderful creatures and share fun stories and interesting facts about them.

Making Music Exhibit: Two youth are exploring math and music

Making Music

Music means many things to many people, but at its core, all music is built on the same scientific and mathematic principles. In our latest exhibition, nurture your inner musician as you discover the math of music and the science of sound. The exhibition features a variety of instruments and other music-making tools that will help visitors uncover the science behind musical melodies, harmonies, beats, and more.

A Lawrence educator teaches a child how to use a pipette

Hands-on Biotech

Hands-on Biotech focuses on discovering the microscopic worlds inside all living things and sparking curiosity about how life’s processes can help us answer questions and solve problems.

An adult and child are at the Bugtopia exhibit learning about bugs


Discover what it’s like to see your favorite bugs up close and personal with augmented reality! Scan QR codes to create 3D models of astonishing animals that you can explore with your family to investigate what makes them unique. Then, you can work together to figure out what your new friends eat and feed them to help care for the critters!

A pair of hands are about to launch a paper airplane

Fold & Fly

Explore the dynamics of flight by designing, building, and testing your own paper airplanes. Use one of our easy-to-follow “flight plans” or experiment with your own custom airplane designs, then test your aircraft using our mechanical launchers.

two children examine wildlflowers with hand lenses

Outdoor Nature Lab

From the native vegetation to a range of guided and self-driven experiences, the Robert and Elizabeth Karplus Outdoor Nature Lab provides a unique space where all visitors will make close observations of, and deepen their connection with, the natural environment.

A row of children sitting on top of Pheena the Fin Whale

Pheena the Fin Whale

Climb on a life-sized replica of a teenage fin whale—the second largest whale in the world!

People sitting in a theater with 3D glasses watching a film

3D Theater

Experience science on the big screen in our dynamic 3D Theater. Watch as stunning visuals from popular science films pop out and make a BIG impact.

A young girl putting lightweight fabric into an air tube

Young Explorers Area

Join in the exploration as you and your child experiment with our colorful gear wall, see what flies the highest in our wind tube, and investigate motion on our gravity wall. Start discovering science, get creative, and develop new skills in this area designed specially for your little explorers.

Celebrating Nature's Diversity Photo Wall exhibit

Celebrating Nature’s Diversity

From African Elephants to Whooping Cranes, the diversity of animals that call our planet home is breathtaking. This permanent installation features stunning photography from the National Geographic Photo Ark by renowned photographer Joel Sartore. His intimate photos aim to forge connections to these animals and inspire action to save them. Join us in Celebrating Nature’s Diversity!

A child climbing on the DNA sculpture exhibit at The Lawrence

DNA Sculpture

Experience the shape of a double helix firsthand by climbing inside our massive DNA sculpture. DNA in your trillions of cells carries the genetic messages that make you you. Climb through the “horizontal ladder” of the supersize DNA sculpture on the Hall’s plaza. Experience the twists and turns of DNA’s double helix shape, and get inspired to learn more about the biology of life.

Two children and two adults looking at the Sunstones II exhibit at The Lawrence

Sunstones II

Peer through and climb on to explore this 18-foot high granite, outdoor astronomical sculpture. Sunstones II links science with art, and even offers special viewing of astronomical events.

A group of people sitting in the planetarium and looking up at the stars


Explore the universe and survey the night sky, all from your seat. Our planetarium programs are live and interactive, so bring your questions and curiosity.

A child building with KEVA planks


Any visitor of any age can be an architect, a builder, an engineer, or a designer with KEVA planks. See how high, how intricate, and how stable you can make your structure as you work with form and balance.

A child and an adult participating in the Ingenuity Challenges exhibit

Ingenuity Challenges

Flex Your Design Muscles. It’s fun to use your ingenuity to solve problems and meet challenges! By approaching things in creative ways, and by applying your own talents and skills, you can discover solutions that are uniquely you.

Two children at the Design Quest exhibit

Design Quest

Design Quest inspires kids to come up with their own ideas, build prototypes, and test their designs to see if they can rise to the challenge. Check out what you can do in Design Quest today.

Five children digging in sand in the Forces that Shape the Bay exhibit

Forces That Shape the Bay

Step into our interactive, outdoor science park to learn how water erosion, earthquakes, weather, and other geologic forces have worked together to create the Bay Area landscape.

A group of visitors observing the globe projected on Science On A Sphere

Science On a Sphere

Science On a Sphere (SOS)® is a three-dimensional video projection of our planet. This six-foot globe hovers in the air and displays stunning visual effects, like weather patterns, that are based on actual scientific data.

A view of the text panels and display cases in the Ernest O. Lawrence exhibit.

Ernest O. Lawrence

Explore the scientific discoveries and innovations of The Lawrence’s namesake, Ernest Orlando Lawrence. His invention of the first cyclotron earned him the Nobel Prize in Physics in 1939, the first UC Berkeley scientist to win the prize in any discipline.

Paper sculptures of creatures from the Cambrian era

Cambrian Explosion

The paper sculptures in this exhibit may look like aliens from another planet, but they are actually “time travelers” from some 540 million years ago. Long before the dinosaurs appeared, Earth’s ocean was filled with amazing life forms like these.