UC Berkeley’s preeminent museum is a striking modernist structure with a collection of more than 16,000 works of art.
The center’s features include indoor stargazing in the planetarium, outdoor viewing via telescope, IMAX-style movie screenings, after-school classes, and ongoing and rotating interactive exhibits.
Lacis, both a retail store and a textile arts museum, is a fascinating place to visit even if you’re not a needlework or sewing aficionado.
The natural history and environmental education center has more than fifty species of live, non-releasable animals on exhibit.
The space hosts ongoing activities for children, including storytelling and various drop-in workshops.
More than a museum, the silent film repository also holds screenings of old movies in its theater.
An East Bay cultural institution since 1969, the museum specializes in art, history, and the natural sciences of California, and in recent years has added quirky and contemporary community-oriented events and exhibits to its programming.
The quirky museum houses some ninety-odd pinball machines, some dating back to 1871, which, after paying admission, attendees can play to their hearts' content. The museum also has an art gallery that hosts rotating exhibits.
The aircraft carrier saw action in World War II and Vietnam, and acted as a recovery ship for Apollo 11 and 12. Now a museum, it boasts an impressive collection of jet fighters, helicopters and exhibits.