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1761 University Avenue
Berkeley, CA 94703
Phone: (510) 841-4242
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Arts & Museums
Habitot is an award-winning non-profit children's museum with hands-on, educational play areas geared towards the preschool crowd. Kids can pretend to be a veterinarian or a fire fighter, paint their own faces, and watch silk flowers fly through the air at the kid-safe wind-tunnel. Early walkers can even roam safely in a special gated area. Special classes and camps are offered for children aged 2-5 and also for their caregivers. Additionally, Habitot also has a toy and book-lending library. There is an elevator at their Allston Way entrance, and a lift for strollers and wheelchairs at the Kittredge entrance. Visit the website for parking suggestions, as street parking can be difficult.
Welcome to one of the largest collections of Jewish and Jewish-American art, artifacts, books and archives in California. Find an amazing wealth of information, history and little known facts here, making it a perfect place for both adults and children, Jewish and non-Jewish alike. Some of the permanent collections include painting and sculpture from the 18th century to the present, rare works by Marc Chagall and Chana Orloff, an extensive film and photography exhibit and an incredible library and archive collection that specializes in Jewish history in the Western States since the mid 19th century.
This Berkeley museum doubles as a research center at the University of California at Berkeley. Its evolutionary history collections and exhibits include invertebrates, microfossils and paleobotany. The free museum is also known for its accomplishments in technologies such as environmental scanning electron microscopy and molecular paleontology. You will find the latest cutting edge research here. After a trip to the museum, take a walk through the university's beautiful campus.
The Museum of Vertebrate Zoology, a natural history museum in the University of California, was established by philanthropist Annie Montague Alexander. Founded in the year 1908, it has grown to be one of the best centers of study of for vertebrae evolution in the West Coast. It also has one of the most extensive collection of specimen including different living forms like reptiles, mammals, birds, amphibians etc with other informative factoids like notes, photographs, maps and records. The museum has become a center for all researchers interested in evolutionary biology.
A gallery exhibiting various artworks, the Berkeley Art Center is a slice of vibrant, colorful art in the northern area of the city of Berkeley. Apart from art exhibitions, the center also plays host to numerous live music and literary events. Entrance to the gallery is free of charge, however donations are accepted and encouraged. Check the website for the latest information on schedules and more.
This museum has been bringing culture, diversity, fine art and more to Berkeley since 1970. BAM houses an impressive and ever-changing collection of fine art, sculpture and artifacts that span ages and cultures, countries and places. Find the masterpieces from the 18th Century on, from the Impressionists to the Surrealists, to 20th-century Post-modernists. Past exhibits have included a collection of mandolins from Tibet from the 15th Century, as well as the paintings of famed lesbian artist Romaine Brooks. There's always something here that captures the imagination, challenges thought and establishment, and entertains as much as it intrigues. Call for more information.
Expressions Gallery is a fine art gallery in Berkeley's esteemed Ashby Arts district that hosts arts exhibits, poetry readings and special events throughout the year. Expressions prides itself on being more than an average gallery, also hosting a community arts center with events and classes for all ages and skill levels. The public is encouraged to participate in the space, whether it be by browsing the gallery, becoming a part of the Collectors & Critics Circle or forming a poetry reading group.
Lovers of romantic details and Victorian styles will fall in love with this lace and textile museum. Explore the latest exhibit or check out the permanent collection, including pre-Colombian Peruvian lace, and the finest lace from 17th Century European courts. This free museum is funded by the attached Lacis retail store, and also hosts various classes, clinics and workshops. Visit the website for more details.
4th Street Fine Art is a haven for artists to create in the studio and display their works of art in the gallery. All of the artwork displayed is by local artists and many are for sale. There are smaller and more affordable pieces as well, such as cards and prints. There are cases filled with beautiful jewelry, small sculptures and pottery to buy or simply browse. It is easy to spend an afternoon gazing at the artistry that graces this gallery's walls.
If you like wine tasting but want to try something new, head over to Takara Sake USA near the Fourth Street Shopping District. Don't be fooled by Takara's looks, although the outside appears quite industrial, the tasting room is pleasant, airy, and elegant. Try a flight of sake and learn about the brewing and production of this flavorful, Japanese brew by peering through a factory window, viewing an informative movie, or exploring Takara's very own sake museum exhibiting antique sake-making tools. Don't like sake? Lucky for you, Takara also sells plum wines, shochu, cooking sake, malt beverages, Japanese vodka, and of course, souvenirs. Takara validates up to one hour in the Fourth Street Shopping District parking lot.
Thousand Oaks Art Gallery is a serene and sophisticated space featuring jewelry, sculpture and ceramics, but it is really known for its photography. The gallery frequently presents exhibits from prominent local photographers and also offers photography classes to the public in the form of two-day workshops. Students will learn the basics of function and composition in digital photography and have the opportunity to have their images critiqued by renowned artists.
Collector prides itself on offering a diverse collection of original artwork for a more affordable price than traditional fine art galleries, with prices starting at only five dollars and typically never rising above one thousand dollars. This gallery features everything from paintings, screenprints and photography to smaller artforms, such as jewelry, notecards and a wide range of ceramics. Collector hosts artist receptions and events throughout the year.