Visiting the Bay Area

berkeley university clock towerBERKELEY IS FAMOUS AROUND THE GLOBE as a center for academic achievement, scientific exploration, free speech and the arts. From a group of academic pioneers in 1868 to the Free Speech Movement in 1964, Berkeley is a place where the brightest minds from across the globe come together to explore, ask questions, and improve the world. When visiting UC Berkeley, we encourage you to explore the area, hike in the hills, indulge in the California food scene and enjoy the culture and optimism of one of the most vibrant areas in the world.

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Berkeley Highlights

  • Visiting the Campanile: Sather Tower, also known as the Campanile, is one of UC Berkeley’s most beloved and well-known symbols. It is the third-tallest bell and clock tower in the world, an an integral part of the campus experience.
  • UC Botanical Garden: The 34-acre UC Botanical Garden is one of the most diverse landscapes in the world, with over 10,000 types of plants including many rare and endangered species. The Garden was established in 1890 and its living collections are invaluable resources for international research and conservation.
  • Lawrence Hall of Science: UC Berkeley’s public science center provides parents, kids, and educators the opportunity to engage with science.
  • Berkeley Art Museum & Pacific Film Archive: The UC Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive (BAMPFA) is the visual arts center of the University of California, Berkeley. BAMPFA seeks to inspire the imagination and ignite critical dialogue through art and film, engaging audiences from the UC Berkeley campus, the Bay Area, and beyond. Each year BAMPFA presents more than twenty art exhibitions, 450 film programs, and dozens of performances, as well as lectures, symposia, and tours.

Beyond Berkeley

  • Visit Oakland: Just a few miles from campus, Oakland is a hot spot for dining, nightlife, art and culture.
  • San Francisco Travel: Explore the sights, attractions, food, and culture of this ever-changing city.