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“The place for films”

Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive
Ranked #3 of 9 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 10 July 2017

The Pacific Film Archive shows films by director, and country. Check the schedule online. There are often talks by film-makers about the films. The rest of the museum sometimes has interesting exhibits, but check ahead. The physical space is good, and there is a cafe.

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Reviewed 27 February 2017

A must see while visiting Berkeley. The current exhibit was Hippy Modernism and Buddhist Art. Hippy Modernism was not my taste, but definitely educational, and enlightening to the Berkeley mindset.

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Reviewed 25 February 2017

The Pacific Film Archive is a great place to see a movie as the theater is very comfortable and sight lines are perfect. The museum's collection is odd and features a number of questionable acquisitions. Display space is OK.

Thank Thomas V
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Reviewed 31 December 2016

Very few of the galleries were open; the "tombstones" (educational placards) were dismal: small print, not much information. The organization of the art displayed was not well-done. This new building was attractive, but as a museum, it was very disappointing.

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Reviewed 24 September 2016

Magnificent facility. Great galleries, easy to walk through and to view displays. A good variety of art on display. Unfortunately we simply ran out of time to see it all. Allow 3 hours at least for this one. There is plenty to see and do in Berkeley. If you are staying in San Francsico and want a change of scene, then Berkeley has a lot to offer. Plenty of good restaurants and book stores to tempt you as well.

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