Berkeley Wedding Venue
Centennial Drive below Grizzly Peak Boulevard
Berkeley, California 94720
High on a bluff in the Berkeley hills, the Lawrence Hall of Science boasts one of the best views in the Bay Area—a world-class panorama that starts with the University of California and surrounding city far below, then takes in the San Francisco Bay and the Golden Gate and Bay Bridges, and finally stretches all the way to Sausalito and beyond.
While the museum may have been founded to “inspire and foster the learning of science and mathematics for all,” brides and grooms find inspiration in the venue’s elevated setting and unconventional event spaces.
During warm weather, outdoor ceremonies take full advantage of the spectacular vista. In the evening, couples say “I do” on the vast stone plaza in front of the museum, often backed by a gorgeous sunset. Daytime weddings are set up on the lower lawn, with guests seated on a sweeping expanse of grass facing the view. If you tie the knot indoors, you can enlist the company of some large robotic dinosaurs…after all, who doesn’t fancy a little Tyrannosaurus Rex with their vows?
Once the museum closes to the public at 5pm, you have exclusive use of the site. Serve cocktails outside next to a stream and waterfall in the Forces that Shape the Bay exhibit, or opt for a more sultry ambiance indoors at the low-lit Science on a Sphere exhibit. Here, a six-foot-wide animated globe makes a fantastic conversation starter as it flashes various scientific displays in glorious color. Your guests can also stroll through the exhibits, which rotate throughout the year.
Dinner follows in the museum lobby or the Main Exhibit Hall, both of which offer creative décor possibilities.
Weddings at the Hall often incorporate a lighthearted touch of science: brides have designed table displays featuring plasma balls, beakers and lava lamps; guests have tried out a high wire and trapeze (when The Science of the Circus was a main exhibit); and stargazing on the plaza is always a popular nighttime activity.
Events coordinator Emma Durant-Forbes is your point person for almost anything you can dream up, so if you want a celebration that will engage everyone’s imagination, the Lawrence Hall of Science is the perfect place.
50% of the rental fee is required to reserve your date and the balance is due 30 days prior to the event. Rental fees range $250–4,000, depending on the day of the event and the space rented.
Special Events, Parties
Banquet Hall/Events Facility