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Note: Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the History Center is currently open only by appointment. You can call us at (510) 848-0181 or send an email to to make an appointment.

But we are now offering our first online exhibit! See for:



Please visit our participatory Berkeley History Facebook Group page and consider joining the group. You can also delve into Berkeley history online via the links on our Online Resources page. We especially invite you to visit an online exhibit with pictures and text outlining the history of central Berkeley here.

Have you, or someone you know, made masks for others during this pandemic? We are collecting stories of mask-making here.

As an all-volunteer organization that does not charge admission, we are faring better than many other small museums, but we do have some expenses, so please think about becoming a BHS member.


If you missed our recent "Conversation About the Berkeley Co-op," you can see the video recording here.

Coming next:

Sunday, December 6, 3 pm: Author Talk

Hear from two authors whose recent novels, set in Berkeley in the late 1960s, are coming-of-age stories many Boomers can relate to and might want to share with today's young readers. The authors and their book titles are Lisa Braver Moss, Shrug, and Sarah Relyea, Playground Zero. Whether you lived through those days or came to Berkeley more recently, here's a chance to get a feel for what it was like for the youth whose lives were shaped in part by the social ferment of the times. Please sign up on Eventbrite (link coming soon) with a donation that can be as little as a dollar, but preferably $5, $10 or more in support of Berkeley Historical Society.


In addition to changing exhibits, the History Center now features a permanent illustrated Timeline of Berkeley History giving an overview of major periods and events in the evolution of the city.

Hours (during normal times): Thursday–Saturday, 1–4 pm.

We will be open on Saturdays, Nov. 14 and 21, 2020, 1–3 pm.

Admission free, donations welcome.

Wheelchair accessible. (If you arrive by wheelchair, please phone us so we can open the door at the top of the ramp.)

Berkeley Historical Society and Berkeley History Center

1931 Center Street, Berkeley 
Telephone: 510-848-0181

Mailing address: P.O. Box 1190, Berkeley, CA 94701


Follow the Berkeley Historical Society on Facebook and join our Berkeley History Facebook Group.

For past exhibits and events, see our Web Archive.



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