Plan Your Visit
Hours & Directions
The Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life is located at 2121 Allston Way in downtown Berkeley, just outside the UC Berkeley Campus, within walking distance from BART and several parking facilities.
Spring 2022 Hours
Open Wednesdays Only
Admission is always free
The Magnes offers designated spaces available for private and corporate events, during and after public hours.
2121 Allston Way, Berkeley, CA 94720-6300
The Magnes Collection is open on Wednesdays from 11am – 4pm only. In order to minimize the risk of COVID-19 exposure, The Magnes policies are in alignment with the City of Berkeley and the University of California to ensure the health and safety of all visitors and staff. Please review these guidelines below before you visit. If you are sick, please stay home. Any patrons not in compliance will be asked to visit another day. For further information, please visit the UC Berkeley Coronavirus information and guidance page.
All staff and visitors are required to wear face coverings. Face masks covering nose and mouth (without valves) are required at all times (ages 2 & up).
Attendance will be regulated to allow for social distancing within The Magnes. Group visits, large gatherings, guided tours, and other public programs are limited in order to ensure the health of our patrons and adhere to current health guidelines.
Hours of Operation
Current hours open to the public are limited to Wednesdays between 11am-4pm.
The Magnes has increased sanitizing high-touch areas using products approved for use against COVID-19. Hand sanitizer will be available to visitors in various areas throughout the building.
Is it safe to visit The Magnes Collection?
The Magnes cares deeply about the health and safety of its visitors and staff. We have taken measures to reduce the risk of coronavirus (COVID-19) exposure to you, other visitors, and our staff. Nonetheless, COVID-19 is very contagious and there is an inherent risk of exposure in any public environment where people are present. Those visiting the museum do so at their own risk of exposure.
What safety measures has The Magnes taken to decrease the risk of exposure to COVID-19?
We’ve made the following on-site enhancements and safety requirements to reduce your risk of exposure to COVID-19.
- Limiting capacity during our hours open to the public.
- All visitors over the age of two and all staff are required to wear face masks at all times, even if you are vaccinated.
- Cleaning of high-touch surfaces is conducted throughout the day. Hand-sanitizer units are stationed throughout the museum.
We continue to monitor and abide by state, city, and campus guidelines. For the safety of our visitors and staff, we reserve the right to request that anyone who does not follow these protocols leave the building.
Kindly reschedule your visit if, in the 10 days leading up to your visit, you or anyone in your household has tested positive, experienced COVID-19 symptoms, or if you are unvaccinated and have come into close contact with anyone confirmed or suspected of having COVID-19. Symptoms include cough, fever or chills, difficulty breathing, new loss of taste or smell, sore throat, congestion or runny nose, stomach upset, muscle or body aches, headaches, and fatigue.
When is The Magnes open?
The Magnes is open Wednesdays from 11:00 am - 4:00 pm. Admission is free.
Can I take public transportation to The Magnes?
The Downtown Berkeley BART station is located just around the block from The Magnes, on Shattuck Avenue between Allston Way and Addison Street.
The following bus lines stop in Downtown Berkeley:
AC Transit Bus lines including 6, 7, 18, 51B, 52, 65, 67, 79, 88, 800, 851, and F
Bear Transit: C, P, RFS
Where can I park?
Two- and four-hour metered street parking is available in downtown Berkeley and is payable by credit or debit card. Nearby paid parking garages include the Allston Way Parking Garage (between Shattuck and Milvia), the Oxford Parking Garage (on Kittredge west of Oxford), and the Center Street Garage (at 2025 Center Street, accessible from Center or Addison Streets).
Please note The Magnes cannot guarantee availability of parking and that many parking lots near campus are either unavailable or charge special event pricing during major campus events, including Cal athletic events. View the latest athletics schedule here.
Is the museum accessible by wheelchair?
The Magnes Collections’ front lobby, galleries, and auditorium are all accessible by wheelchair. When exiting the Magnes from the main lobby to the vestibule area individuals with wheelchairs may need to ask for assistance as this door is heavy and the button to open the door can be hard to access.
How do I gain access to the collection for research or other academic purposes?
Appointments with the Florence Helzel Collection Study to view select holdings for research or other academic or educational purposes may be made two weeks in advance of intended use.
For further information regarding collection access and use of the Florence Helzel Collection Study, refer to the Collection Services Page.
May I take photographs in the museum?
Still photography for noncommercial, personal use is permitted, unless otherwise noted in the galleries. The use of tripods and camera extension poles is prohibited.