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An Engaging Creative Scene

Berkeley offers an outstanding array of cultural attractions. Whether the venue is stage, screen, studio or gallery, exciting artistic expression is ever-present and ready for exciting engagement at every turn.

Galleries

  • ACCI Gallery

    1652 Shattuck Avenue

    Berkeley, CA 94709

    (510) 843-2527

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    Neighborhood Gourmet Ghetto

  • Berkeley Art Center

    1275 Walnut Street

    Berkeley, CA 94709

    (510) 644-6893

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    Neighborhood North Berkeley

    Berkeley Art Center serves the diverse and creative citizens of this unique regional area, through the presentation of visual art exhibitions and related programs that are relevant, engaging, and inspiring.

  • David Brower Center

    2150 Allston Way

    Berkeley, CA 94704

    (510) 809-0900

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    Neighborhood Downtown

    Hazel Wolf Gallery: Open during regular business hours, Mon - Fri, 9:00 am - 5:00 pm. Green Building Tours (Weekly): Fridays at 11:00 am

  • Doug Adams Gallery at the Bade Museum

    1798 Scenic Avenue

    Berkeley, CA 94709

    (510) 849-8285

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    Neighborhood North Berkeley

  • Expressions Gallery

    2035 Ashby Avenue

    Berkeley, CA 94703

    (510) 644-4930

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    Neighborhood Ashby Arts District

    Art gallery featuring local/international artists' painting, photography, jewelry, crafts, fiber arts, sculpture found and recycled art and more. Classes, rental space for small parties and events!

  • Gathering Tribes

    1412 Solano Avenue

    Albany, CA 94706

    (510) 528-9038

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    Neighborhood Solano Ave

  • Kala Art Gallery

    2990 San Pablo Avenue

    Berkeley, CA 94702

    (510) 841-7000

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    Neighborhood West Berkeley

  • Shibumi Gallery

    1402 Fifth Street

    Berkeley, CA 94710

    (510) 528-7736

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    Neighborhood West Berkeley

  • Stained Glass Garden

    1800 Fourth Street

    Berkeley, CA 94710

    (510) 841-2200

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    Neighborhood Fourth Street

    Stained Glass Garden is a glass gallery, supplier, and education center with handcrafted art from 50+ local artists! Classes in mosaic, stained glass, and fusing.

  • The Ames Gallery

    2661 Cedar Street

    Berkeley, CA 94708

    (510) 845-4949

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    Neighborhood North Berkeley

  • The Art Thou Gallery

    1533 Solano Avenue

    Berkeley, CA 94707

    (510) 525-7779

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    Neighborhood Solano Ave

  • Trax Ceramics Gallery

    1812 Fifth Street

    Berkeley, CA 94710

    (510) 540-8729

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    Neighborhood West Berkeley

History/Heritage

  • Berkeley History Center

    1931 Center Street

    Berkeley, CA 94704

    (510) 848-0181

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    Neighborhood Downtown

    A program of the Berkeley Historical Society, the Berkeley History Center is open and staffed by volunteer docents most Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays from 1 to 4 pm. The History Center is located close to the Berkeley BART station.

Museums

  • Badè Museum of Biblical Archaeology

    1798 Scenic Avenue

    Berkeley, CA 94709

    (510) 849-8286

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    Neighborhood North Berkeley

  • Berkeley Art Museum & Pacific Film Archive

    2626 Bancroft Way

    Berkeley, CA 94720

    (510) 642-0808

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    Neighborhood UC Berkeley campus

    BAM/PFA is the visual arts center of the University of California, Berkeley. One of the edgiest Bay Area venues to experience art and film, we present 15 exhibitions and screen 380 films each year. Visit our website for gallery hours and to find out what's happening today.

  • Lacis Museum of Lace & Textiles

    2982 Adeline Street

    Berkeley, CA 94703

    (510) 843-7290

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    Neighborhood Ashby Arts District

    As a living legacy of Kaethe Kliot, founder of Lacis, LMLT is a place where the spirit of support, knowledge and encouragement is the guiding mode in the dissemination of knowledge, focusing on the textile arts. Its center is an extensive collection of historical lace, textiles and costume and a related library. Adjacent to the Ashby BART station. Visit our website for exhibition schedules, information and directions. Groups welcome.

  • The Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life

    2121 Allston Way

    Berkeley, CA 94720

    (510) 643-2526

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    Neighborhood Downtown

Music

  • Ashkenaz Music & Dance Community Center

    1317 San Pablo Avenue

    Berkeley, CA 94702

    (510) 525-5054

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    Neighborhood West Berkeley

  • Berkeley Symphony

    1942 University Avenue #207

    Berkeley, CA 94704

    (510) 841-2800

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    Neighborhood Downtown

  • Jewish Music Festival

    1414 Walnut Street

    Berkeley, CA 94709

    (510) 848-0237

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    Neighborhood North Berkeley

    The Jewish Music Festival celebrates and explores the Jewish experience in a multicultural world. The Festival produces creative and entertaining programs, challenges sterrotypes and fosters engagement with the broader community. Look for us in February and March with additional events throughout the year. Visit our website for festival schedule, information and to buy tickets. Group discounts available.

Performing Arts

  • Aurora Theatre Company

    2081 Addison Street

    Berkeley, CA 94704

    (510) 843-4822

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    Neighborhood Downtown

    In its intimate 150-seat theatre in downtown Berkeley, Aurora produces intelligent, relevant, and thought-provoking professional theatre. Elegant dining, BART, and discounted parking are all nearby.

  • Berkeley Repertory Theatre

    2025 Addison Street

    Berkeley, CA 94704

    (800) 427-8849

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    Neighborhood Downtown

    This Tony Award-winning Berkeley Repertory Theatre thrills 200,000 guest annually with entertaining and adventurous shows produced in its two-theatre downtown complex. Visit berkeleyrep.org.

  • Cal Performances

    UC Berkeley, 101 Zellerbach Hall #4800

    Berkeley, CA 94720-4800

    (510) 642-9988

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    Neighborhood UC Berkeley campus

  • California Jazz Conservatory

    2087 Addison Street

    Berkeley, CA 94704

    (510) 845-5373

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    Neighborhood Downtown

    Founded in 1997, the California Jazz Conservatory (formerly Jazzschool, Inc.) is the only accredited independent music conservatory devoted to the study and performance of jazz and related styles of music in the country. The CJC offers a Bachelor of Music degree in Jazz Studies as well as the Jazzschool Comumnity Music School for adults and youth. The Jazzcaffe and CJC Bookstore are open to the public.

  • Central Works

    Berkeley City Club, 2315 Durant Avenue

    Berkeley, CA 94704

    (510) 558-1381

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    Neighborhood Telegraph Ave

    Berkeley’s oldest small professional theater company (50 seats) presents affordable world-premiere plays "while maintaining some of the highest artistic standards in the Bay Area (Huffington Post).

  • Freight and Salvage Coffeehouse

    2020 Addison Street

    Berkeley, CA 94704

    (510) 644-2020

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    Neighborhood Downtown

    This award-winning, all-ages venue provides the finest in traditional music. The Freight offers classes, concerts, summer camp and other events in downtown Berkeley. Visit our website for schedules, information and tickets.

  • Hertz Hall

    104 Morrison Hall #1200

    Berkeley, CA 94720

    (510) 642-4864

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    Neighborhood UC Berkeley campus

Studios

  • Berkeley Potters Guild

    731 Jones Street

    Berkeley, CA 94710

    (510) 524-7031

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    Neighborhood West Berkeley

  • Fourth & Clay

    2390 Fourth Street

    Berkeley, CA 94710

    (510) 848-2390

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    Neighborhood West Berkeley

  • Mary Law Pottery

    1421 Fifth Street

    Berkeley, CA 94710

    (510) 524-7546

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    Neighborhood West Berkeley

  • Melissa Joy Manning

    1827 Fifth Street, Suite A

    Berkeley, CA 94710

    (510) 647-9409

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    Neighborhood West Berkeley

  • Selvin Studios

    745 Page Street

    Berkeley, CA 94710

    (510) 524-8323

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    Neighborhood West Berkeley

Theaters

  • Berkeley Playhouse

    2640 College Avenue

    Berkeley, CA 94704

    (510) 845-8542 x 381

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    Neighborhood Elmwood

  • California Shakespeare Theatre

    100 Gateway Blvd.

    Orinda, CA 94563

    (510) 548-9666

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    Neighborhood Surrounding Area

  • Shotgun Players

    1901 Ashby Avenue

    Berkeley, CA 94703

    (510) 841-6500

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    Neighborhood Ashby Arts District

  • TheatreFIRST

    1301 Shattuck Ave.

    Berkeley, CA 94709

    (510) 981-8150

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    Neighborhood North Berkeley

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