Famous Museums and Galleries in Berkeley, Berkeley (Self Guided)

Berkeley is home to several significant museums, including the University of California Museum of Paleontology, the Phoebe A. Hearst Museum of Anthropology, and the Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive. The city is also home to art galleries, allowing emerging artists to continue the city’s cultural life.
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Famous Museums and Galleries in Berkeley Map

Guide Name: Famous Museums and Galleries in Berkeley
Guide Location: USA » Berkeley (See other walking tours in Berkeley)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 7
Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 5.0 km
Author: AudreyB
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Berkeley Art Center

1) Berkeley Art Center

The Berkeley Art Center specializes in visual art exhibitions and similar programs. The gallery is well-known as a strong supporter of local artists. Due to this, it not only hosts exhibitions of young regional artists, it also organizes competitions and auctions. Located near Live Oak Park, the Berkeley Art Center was designed by Robert Ratcliff Architects in 1967.

Operation Hours: Wednesday - Sunday: 11 am - 5 pm
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ACCI Gallery

2) ACCI Gallery

The Arts & Crafts Cooperative, Incorporated Gallery, founded in the 1950s, contains exhibitions of paintings, ceramics, jewelry, photography, and works in wood and glass by local artists. Fine arts and crafts can also be purchased here. In these ways, this gallery encourages the emergence of young artistic talent.
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University of California Museum of Paleontology

3) University of California Museum of Paleontology (must see)

The University of California Museum of Paleontology (UCMP) is a paleontology museum located on the campus of the University of California.

The museum is within the Valley Life Sciences Building (VLSB), designed by Arthur Brown Jr. Its collections are primarily intended for research and are thus not accessible to the public. A limited number of fossils from the collection is on display in the VLSB. Although located on the Berkeley campus, the museum is the primary locality for storing fossils collected statewide. The original fossils, around which the current collection has grown, were those gathered as part of the California Geological Survey from 1860-1867.

Opening hours: Monday – Thursday; 8 am – 10 pm; Friday; 8 am – 5 pm; Saturday: 1 pm – 5 pm; Sunday: 1 pm – 10 pm;
Sight description based on wikipedia
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Alphonse Berber Gallery

4) Alphonse Berber Gallery

Alphonse Berber Gallery, located in a building designed by Julia Morgan within a minute walk from the University of California, features exhibitions of innovative and daring contemporary artists. One of the most popular galleries in Berkeley, it houses a wide range of styles.
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Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

5) Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive (must see)

The Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive (BAM/PFA) is associated with the University of California at Berkeley. The director is Lawrence Rinder who was appointed in 2008.

The current Berkeley Art Museum building was built in 1970 and designed by Mario Ciampi. The building was deemed seismically unsafe in 1997, and iron braces were added in 2001 to slightly improve its safety. In 1999, the Pacific Film Archive moved to a temporary building across the street.

In 2008, BAM/PFA unveiled plans for a new visual arts center, to be designed by the Japanese architect Toyo Ito and located in downtown Berkeley, across the street from UC Berkeley's main entrance. However, in 2009, those plans were cancelled. Citing the weak economy and trouble raising the necessary funds, BAM/PFA decided to retrofit and enlarge the former University of California Press printing plant at that site, a 1939 Art Deco building on the California Register of Historic Resources and qualified to be on the National Register of Historic Places.

"(The above description is based on Wikipedia under Creative Common License)"
Sight description based on wikipedia
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Phoebe A. Hearst Museum of Anthropology

6) Phoebe A. Hearst Museum of Anthropology (must see)

The Phoebe A. Hearst Museum of Anthropology was founded in 1901 under the patronage of Phoebe Apperson Hearst, the original goal of the museum was to support systematic collecting efforts by archaeologists and ethnologists in order to support a department of Anthropology at the University of California.

The Museum was originally located in San Francisco from 1903 (open to the public as of 1911) until 1931, when it moved to the campus of the University of California at Berkeley. On the Berkeley campus, the Museum was located in the former Civil Engineering Building until 1959, when it was moved to the newly built Kroeber Hall.

Today the Museum functions as a research unit of the University of California.

Operating hours: Wednesday - Saturday: 10 am - 4:30 pm; Sunday: 12 pm – 4 pm;

"(The above description is based on Wikipedia under Creative Common License)"
Sight description based on wikipedia
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Rae Douglass Gallery

7) Rae Douglass Gallery

Formerly named the Giorgi Gallery, the Rae Douglass Gallery is a European-style gallery featuring art exhibitions and sometimes live music events. Located in a former firehouse, a creation of William Ratcliff, the gallery is famous for the works of Rae Douglass, large scale art and architecture.

Walking Tours in Berkeley, California

Create Your Own Walk in Berkeley

Create Your Own Walk in Berkeley

Creating your own self-guided walk in Berkeley is easy and fun. Choose the city attractions that you want to see and a walk route map will be created just for you. You can even set your hotel as the start point of the walk.
Downtown Tour in Berkeley

Downtown Tour in Berkeley

Berkeley's downtown is home to several historic buildings and structures, each of them with their own history. The area is famous for the Old City Hall, Civic Center Park and the Veteran's Memorial Building. Visitors can also learn about the city’s history in the Berkeley Public Library's History Room.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.5 km
University of California Tour in Berkeley, Part 2

University of California Tour in Berkeley, Part 2

As the University of California is considered an architectural beauty, the north side of the campus features some of the university's most historically significant buildings. Founders' Rock, the University House and Wellman Hall, along with the campus’ green spaces, such as Memorial Glade and Eucalyptus Grove, are wonderful city landmarks worth seeing.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.1 km
Berkeley Landmarks Tour

Berkeley Landmarks Tour

Berkeley is famous for the amount of wonderful structures it has listed in the National Register of Historic Places. Churches, old private houses, buildings of historical importance and other impressive edifices are all representative of Berkley’s architectural beauty.

Tour Duration: 3 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 6.2 km
City Orientation Walk

City Orientation Walk

Berkeley is renowned for a number of listed historic sights; among them churches, private homes, public buildings and other historically important edifices reflecting the town's architectural beauty. Primarily, though, the town is famous for being home to the University of California, Berkeley Campus. As a student place, it also abounds in restaurants, bookstores and clothing shops, not to...  view more

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.4 km
Telegraph Avenue Shopping in Berkeley

Telegraph Avenue Shopping in Berkeley

As Berkeley is a colorful and joyful city, it offers a great variety of places to shop. Telegraph Avenue is the best shopping area in the city, featuring Rasputin and Amoeba Music, the originality of Berkeley Hat, Bear Basics and Bancroft Clothing. Great gift shops featuring unique items can also be found in this wonderful city.

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 0.6 km
University of California Tour in Berkeley, Part 1

University of California Tour in Berkeley, Part 1

The campus of the University of California is the core of Berkeley's treasures. Its design is the result of a 1898 architectural competition. Every part of its architecture has its own story. Take a look at the southern part of the university in the following tour.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.6 km

Tips for Exploring City on Foot at Your Own Pace

Whether you are in Berkeley for a quick stopover or have a few days to see the city in more detail, exploring it on foot, at your own pace, is definitely the way to go. Here are some tips for you to save money, see the best Berkeley has to offer, take good care of your feet while walking, and keep your mobile device – your ultimate "work horse" on this trip - well fed and safe.

Taking Care of Your Feet


To ensure ultimate satisfaction from a day of walking around the city as big as Berkeley, it is imperative to take good care of your feet so as to avoid unpleasant things like blisters, cold or overheated soles, itchy, irritated or otherwise damaged (cracked) skin, etc. Luckily, these days there is no shortage of remedies to address (and, ideally, to prevent) these and other potential problems with feet. Among them: Compression Socks, Rechargeable Battery-Powered Thermo Socks for Cold Weather, Foot Repair Cream, Deodorant Powder, Shoes UV Sterilizer, and many more that you may wish to find a place in your travel kit for.

Travel Gadgets for Your Mobile Device


Your mobile phone or tablet will be your work horse on a self-guided walk. They offer tour map, guide you from one attraction to another, and provide informative background for the sights you wish to visit. Therefore it is absolutely essential to plan against unexpected power outages in the wrong place at the wrong time, much as to ensure the safety of your device.

For these and other contingencies, here's the list of useful appliances: Portable Charger/External Battery Pack, Worldwide Travel Charger Adapter, Power Converter for International Travel Adapter, and Mobile Device Leash.