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“New and not yet fully realized”

Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive
Ranked #3 of 10 Fun & Games in Berkeley
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: Internationally recognized for its art and film programming, BAMPFA is UC Berkeley’s primary visual arts venue with its screenings of some four hundred films and presentations of up to twenty exhibitions annually. BAMPFA’s collection of over 19,000 works of art dates from 3000 BCE to the present day and includes important holdings of Neolithic Chinese ceramics, Ming and Qing Dynasty Chinese painting, Old Master works on paper, Italian Baroque painting, early American painting, Abstract Expressionist painting, contemporary photography, and Conceptual art. The collection also includes over 17,500 films and videos, including the largest collection of Japanese cinema outside of Japan, impressive holdings of Soviet cinema, West Coast avant-garde film, seminal video art, as well as hundreds of thousands of articles, reviews, posters, and other ephemera related to the history of film—many of which are digitally scanned and accessible online. BAMPFA is closed as it moves into its new state-of-the-art building designed by Diller Scofidio + Renfro. The new BAMPFA opens to the public in late January 2016.
Reviewed 25 August 2016

I visited both the museum and the film archive. The museum was "between exhibits" and does not seem to currently have the staff or ability to make quick changes. There's also an interesting open performance space, but I was not able to get any info about proposed use or programming. Went to a movie at the archive.I'm really a fan of their mission, and much of their programming. Unfortunately (for me), I could barely make it through the film, due to the outgassing of the new materials in the auditorium, and lack of ventilation. If you are sensitive to air quality, I suggest you give it a year to get the smells out. Eventually, I'll go back, and give this place another try.

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Reviewed 29 February 2016

Had a wonderful docent tour that talked about the current exhibits. Very interesting, diverse collection, and informative. The building is beautiful, well designed, and great location (right across the street from UC Berkeley). This was a wonderful way to spend a few hours.

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Reviewed 11 August 2015

The Bancroft library is wonderful and has much to see. The East Asian wing is amazing. I could have stayed there forever! If you are in the area, it is a great place to spend some time.

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Reviewed 25 March 2015

great local museum conveniently located across from campus.
go check it out then tour the campus afterwards.. take a ride up the famous Camponile.

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Reviewed 13 February 2015

The old, brutalist/modernist building just closed and I for one will miss it a lot. I loved that building. Exhibits are hit and miss, some quite good for a public university museum, some kind of so-what. PFA is a treasure for cinephiles but I've never found the temporary quarters comfortable. High hopes for the new building, which will be home to galleries and PFA, set to open January 2016 I think. But I'll still miss the old building, with it's great sculpture garden.

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