Visitor Info

Updated 3/17/20 - Mandatory Closure

The Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life will be closed until further notice in compliance with Alameda County’s and the City of Berkeley’s shelter in place order. The health and safety of our community is very important to us; our students and staff are following protocols set by UC Berkeley and Alameda County to reduce the risk of transmission of COVID-19 through social distancing, telecommuting, etc. 

Please visit our Facebook, Instagram, and Flickr feeds for daily updates and digital access to the Collection.

Gallery Hours 

The Magnes is open Tuesday-Friday from 11:00 AM to 4:00 PM

The annual exhibition schedule of The Magnes follows UC Berkeley's Academic Calendar, with openings in the Fall and Spring semesters of each year. The Spring 2020 exhibitions run from September 1, 2020 to December 18, 2020. The galleries remain closed to the public during Winter and Summer breaks and on UC Berkeley Holidays, while The Magnes remains open to researchers year-round on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday each week. Entrance is free.

Follow the links to learn about current and upcoming exhibitions and public programs.

Research Hours / Florence Helzel Collection Study

Appointments 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.

Plan your visit

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.

2121 Allston Way
Berkeley, CA 94720-6300
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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


FROM I-80 (San Francisco and Marin)
Take the University Ave. exit in Berkeley
Turn right on University and continue 0.9 miles
Turn right on Shattuck Ave.
Turn left on Allston Way.

Take Exit 5B, merge onto CA-13 N to Berkeley.
Head down Tunnel Road; continue onto Ashby.
Turn right onto Shattuck; continue for 1 mile.
Take a right onto Allston Way.


Parking is available at Oxford Garage, directly across the street. Enter on 2161 at Kittredge Street between Oxford and Shattuck. There are many other off-campus parking options near The Magnes, listed on this page


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