The Lawrence Hall of Science
The public science center of the University of California, Berkeley.
10:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.
On a visit to The Lawrence, students collaborate to investigate new ideas as they become scientists and engineers for a day.
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.
On March 16, 2020, the Lawrence Hall of Science closed temporarily to visitors, based on guidance from health officials about how to curb the spread of COVID-19. Throughout, we have been closely monitoring the pandemic, public health recommendations, and the requirements of social distancing. After careful consideration, we have determined that The Lawrence will remain closed to the public until at least June 2021. We made this strategic decision to ensure that when we do open, we can do so safely with the kind of experiences that we are known for: hands-on, engaging, and high-quality visitor experiences.
While our building is closed to the public, we continue to advance our mission and to provide inspiring and engaging science-learning experiences. In fact, we are hard at work designing new approaches to fostering hands-on, interactive science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) learning experiences that can be done in a manner consistent with social distancing guidelines in your home, community, and outdoors.
Here are some opportunities you can expect from us while our building is closed to the public:
Furthermore, while the building is closed, we will be getting ready to welcome you back. Exciting facilities upgrades are under way, including: rewiring the building to improve connectivity; refreshing our public spaces with new flooring, paint, signage, and furniture; designing and developing new exhibits and activities—including a new Outdoor Nature Lab on our classroom level; plus a few even more exciting surprises! The extended closure will allow us to complete these projects efficiently and to undertake several ambitious projects that have been under consideration for some years. We can’t wait to welcome visitors back to a fully refreshed, exciting facility once the public health crisis has passed.
We know that The Lawrence has long been a treasured place in the community. We look forward to sharing behind-the-scenes progress reports on our major initiatives, engaging you throughout, and seeing you outdoors in the community. We are confident that the decision to temporarily close our facility to the public is in the best interest of The Lawrence’s visitors and staff, as well as the best path toward a vibrant and sustainable future for us all.
With hope and gratitude,
Rena Dorph, PhD