Get the local perspective on Berkeley.
You want to see it all! Take a guided tour, or show yourself around! For tours of labs and museums, see the General Program.

Cable Car Tours | Walking Tours | Housing Tours | College Tours | Library & Museum Tours

Cable Car Tours

Central Campus
8 am-4 pm
See the campus in local style! On-board student guides point out highlights and answer questions. Hop on or off at any stop. Check the campus map for routes and stops.

Walking Tours

The Campanile (Sather Tower)

9 am-3:30 pm | Free on Cal Day!
Take the elevator to the top of Berkeley's landmark bell tower for a breathtaking panoramic view.
Note: There are 38 stairs from the elevator landing to the observation deck; the deck is not wheelchair accessible.

Central Campus
10 am-3 pm | Blue Tour Tent, Dwinelle Plaza
Student guides take you on a one-hour tour. Learn about Berkeley's traditions, student life, history and architecture. Tours begin every half-hour starting at 10 am. Meet at the blue Tour Tent on Dwinelle Plaza (near the Information Center).

Mandarin Tour
10 am & noon | Tour Tent, Dwinelle Plaza
A one-hour Mandarin language tour will be offered by a student guide. Meet at the blue Tour Tent on Dwinelle Plaza (near the Information Center) at noon.

Spanish Tour
11 am & 1 pm | Tour Tent, Dwinelle Plaza
A one-hour Spanish language tour will be offered by a student guide. Meet at the blue Tour Tent on Dwinelle Plaza (near the Information Center).

The Berkeley Recreational Sports Experience
10 am-2 pm | Recreational Sports Facility
Take a self-led tour of UC Berkeley's Recreational Sports Facility and see the many options for keeping fit, staying well and having fun while at Cal.

Fitness Center at Memorial Stadium
10 am-2 pm | Memorial Stadium (near Gate 2)
Take a self-guided tour of UC Berkeley's newest, state-of-the-art student recreation facility.

Natural Landscape Campus Tour
1 pm |  Genetics & Plant Biology Lawn
Learn more about UC Berkeley's natural landscape with a tour of campus trees. The Forestry Club leads this guided one-hour tour. To take the tour on your own, the College of Natural Resources offers a smartphone audio tour (see instructions for downloading at http://goo.gl/CNYQzf).

Berkeley Arts + Design Tour
9 am-5 pm | Jacobs Institute for Design Innovation, 2530 Ridge Road
Join the Arts + Design Initiative on a self-guided tour of UC Berkeley's diverse arts and design landscape. Tour hosted on Instagram and on location. Participants can join a scavenger hunt and enter a drawing to win exciting prizes. On the tour, you'll learn about campus spaces that nurture the arts, expose students to new ideas, and present groundbreaking work to the public.

Housing Tours

Residence Halls
10 am-4 pm
Thirty-minute tours of the residence halls depart from the locations below. Tours include an orientation and guided walk-through of student rooms, unit dining areas (where applicable), academic centers and other amenities. Last tour leaves at 3:30 p.m.
**Please note: All residence hall tours include stairs. If you are in need of an accessible route, contact staff when you arrive at each unit.

Unit 1 (co-ed and single-gender high-rises) | 2650 Durant Avenue
Meet in the All-Purpose Room of the complex (located at the lower level of the Central Building).

Unit 2 (co-ed and single-gender high-rises) | 2650 Haste Street
Meet in the All-Purpose Room of the complex (located at the lower level of the Central Building).

Unit 3 (co-ed and single-gender high-rises) | 2400 Durant Avenue
Meet at the Unit 3 volleyball court, or in case of rain, in the All-Purpose Room of the complex (located at the lower level of the Central Building).

Unit 4 Foothill & La Loma (single-gender suites) & Unit 4 Stern Hall (single-gender residence hall for women) | 2700 Hearst Avenue
Meet in the Foothill Assembly Room.
Note: There are steep stairs/hills en route to Unit 4. The Cal Day shuttle will provide transportation to the unit for anyone needing assistance.

Unit 5 Clark Kerr Campus (single-gender suites and co-ed halls) | 2601 Warring Street
Meet at Clark Kerr Campus, Building 1.
Note: There are hills en route to Clark Kerr. The Cal Day shuttle will provide transportation to the unit for anyone needing assistance.

Maximino Martinez Commons
3 pm
| Maximino Martinez Commons Plaza, 2520 Channing Way
Take a half-hour tour of this socially dynamic housing community combining residence hall rooms and apartments for sophomores and upper-division students).

Theme Programs

10 am-4 pm | Information Marketplace
Visit the Residential Living Theme Housing table for tour information and directions. Tours are available for two of the themed-living programs available to Berkeley students (visit reslife.berkeley.edu/academics/theme-programs to see all programs):

  • 11 am, 1 pm & 3 pm Asian Pacific American Theme House Program
  • 11 am, 1 pm & 3 pm Casa Magdalena Mora Theme Program

Panhellenic Sorority Chapter Houses
11 am-3 pm | Kroeber Hall Plaza (Bancroft & College)
Meet at the Kroeber Plaza information tent to take a walking tour of the Panhellenic sorority chapter houses. Tours depart every half hour beginning at 11.

Berkeley Student Cooperative Housing
10 am, 12 pm & 2 pm | Information Marketplace
Sign up for a tour of selected co-op houses at the Berkeley Student Cooperative Housing table in the Information Marketplace (visit bsc.coop for house theme descriptions).

International House
10:30 am & 12:30 pm
| 2299 Piedmont Ave., International House
International House (I-House) is a multicultural residential living and learning community of nearly 600 Berkeley students and scholars from more than 80 countries (including the U.S.). Tour meets at front entrance.

College Tours

College of Engineering
11 am-1 pm | McLaughlin Plaza
Join students for a guided walking tour of buildings in the College of Engineering. Tours leave every 10 minutes.

College of Environmental Design
9 am-3 pm | Wurster Hall
Visit CED’s world-class library, design archives, research facilities, computer labs, simulation and prototyping labs, fabrication shops, galleries and café.

College of Natural Resources
12:30-1:30 pm | Information Marketplace
Join a tour of this small-college home for students in the natural resources and social science majors set among historic buildings on the beautiful northwest side of campus. Meet at the CNR table in the Information Marketplace.

Haas School of Business
10:30-11:30 am
| Bank of America Forum, Haas School of Business
Take a self-guided or student-guided tour of open facilities at the Haas School of Business.

Libraries & Museums

Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive
1 pm & 3 pm | BAMPFA, 2155 Center Street
Take a free one-hour guided tour of BAMPFA, designed by Diller Scofidio + Renfro.

Bioscience Library
10 am-3 pm
| 2101 Valley Life Sciences Building
Check out dinosaur fossils--including Triceratops skulls--and some beautiful scientific images.

Blake Garden
9 am-4 pm
| 70 Rincon Rd. (Kensington)
Enjoy a stroll through this 10.5-acre formal garden and landscape-architecture teaching facility overlooking the San Francisco Bay. Join the free guided tour at 2 p.m.

Doe and Moffitt Libraries
9 am-4 pm | Doe Library north entrance or Moffitt Library south entrance
Self-guided tours of UC Berkeley’s main libraries, which hold 52 miles of shelves. From 10 am-12 pm, take a self-guided tour of Moffitt Library's newly renovated fourth and fifth floors, and see demonstrations of 3D printing, virtual reality and other design technologies available in the new makerspace.

Earth Science & Map Library
10 am-3 pm
| 50 McCone Hall
Visit one of the largest map collections in California, and see demos of a digital globe (11 am, 1 pm & 2 pm).

Essig Museum
9 am-4 pm
| 3003 Valley Life Sciences Building
See some of the biggest and smallest specimens in the museum's collection of over five million species of insects, spiders, and their relatives. Tours offered in English, Spanish and Russian.

Ethnic Studies Library
10 am-4 pm
| 30 Stephens Hall
View a photography exhibit of Native American communities by Berkeley alumnus Jun Kamata, browse selected children's books, and enter a free drawing for books on social justice and ethnic communities.

Hargrove Music Library
1 pm & 2 pm
| Hargrove Music Library, east entrance
Librarians and staff will present some of the music library's most notable items.

Hearst Museum of Anthropology
9 am-6 pm
| Phoebe A. Hearst Museum of Anthropology
Take a free tour of the museum's newly renovated gallery and see the opening exhibition "People Made These Things: Connecting with the Makers of Our World."

KALX Radio Station
12-2 pm
| 26 Barrows Hall
Take a rare peek inside our library of over 115,000 CDs and vinyl records.

Mathematics and Statistics Library
10 am-3 pm
| 100 Evans Hall, Mathematics Statistics Library
Tour the library and view an exhibit inspired by the book and film Hidden Figures, focused on women who have made important contributions to mathematics throughout history.

Morrison Library
10 am-3 pm
| Morrison Reading Room, Doe Library
Visit one of the architectural treasures of the Berkeley campus, and select a coloring sheet from one of the library's various collections (all ages welcome).

Museum of Paleontology
9:30-11:30 am & 1:30-3 pm
| 1101 Valley Life Sciences Building
Get a behind-the-scenes guided tour of the museum's fossil collections. Tours offered every half hour but are limited to 15 people, so get your (free) tickets early.

Physics-Astronomy Library
10 am-3 pm
| 351 LeConte Hall
See maps and books related to the upcoming total solar eclipse on August 21, 2017, and browse through some of the library's 90,000 volumes.

C.V. Starr East Asian Library and Chang-Lin Tien Center for East Asian Studies
2 pm-3 pm | C.V. Starr East Asian Library
The Starr Library houses over one million volumes of Chinese, Korean and Japanese materials. Be sure to check out the newly acquired Paul Kendel Fonoroff collection of primary sources for the study of Chinese film."

UC Botanical Garden
9 am-5 pm
| UC Botanical Garden (take Hill Shuttle from Evans Hall east entrance)
Take a free guided tour (11 am, 12 pm & 1:30 pm) and interact with the Garden Animal Discovery Stations (11 am-3 pm).

University & Jepson Herbaria Collections
10-11 am & 1-2 pm
| 1001 Valley Life Sciences Building
See preserved plants, algae and fungi from around the world.

 

Guide leading a tour on Cal Day