Street Address
1931 Center St.
Berkeley, CA 94704
Mailing Address
P.O.Box 1190
Berkeley, CA 94709
phone: 510-848-0181
1-4 pm., Thurs, Fri, Sat
Free , Handicap Accessible
Ken Cardwell, Arhivist
phone: 510-848-0181
John Aronovici, Volunteer coordinator
phone: 510-215-9900


Tours start at 10:00 am and end around 12:00 noon. Sometimes they are slightly longer, so extra time should be allowed in case the walk meets an informative passerby or dwells at an interesting site. Tours are limited to 30 paying participants unless noted otherwise. Pre-paid reservations are required and tickets are not refundable. Tours are conducted in rain, shine or Berkeley fog and are wheelchair accessible unless otherwise noted.



The Berkeley Historical Society was now able to maintain the Berkeley History Center with a library, exhibition space and an archive in which to house and maintain the vast collection of photographs, materials and memorabilia relating to Berkeley.

The Berkeley Historical Society, founded in the summer of 1978 from the ad-hoc Berkeley Centennial Celebration Committee, is a non-profit group dedicated to researching, preserving and sharing Berkeley’s history. Through lectures and exhibits an appreciation for the uniqueness of the city and the diversity of cultures that comprise the rich mosaic of Berkeley has been fostered and recognized.

In the beginning there was no permanent home and meetings were held where they could be, but the Society sponsored historical programs, wrote a newspaper series and published books. In August 1992, after many years of existing in school district bungalows, it finally moved to the current location in the Veterans’ Memorial Building at 1931 Center Street.

Artifacts Collections

archives, history, photography, prints/drawing, books

Educational Programs

exhibitions, film series, concerts, community heritage projects, lectures, hands-on workshops, research, guided tours


Non-Profit Board of Directors


Newsletter, books on Berkeley History


parking, wheelchair access, re

Wheelchair Accessible