JUNE 15, 2021: At this time there has been no change to our current COVID safety policies — masks are required while on museum grounds regardless of vaccination status, and social distancing is in effect.
Visit the UC Botanical Garden
The Garden is open by reservation only
Modified Hours, Open Daily:
Members Hour, 10 – 11 am
General Admission, 11 am – 5 pm
Closed the First Tuesday of the month
Visit our calendar for holiday and special closures.
Temporarily Closed: Tropical House
Please note that there may be path disruptions throughout the Garden for important maintenance and horticultural projects.
Amenities: Restrooms, benches, picnic tables, water bottle filling stations, Garden Shop.
Online advanced admission tickets are required for all visitors, including members
See dates below to make your reservation. Members must Sign in to receive their free admission.
|Juniors (7– 17)||$7|
|Children 6 and under||Free|
|UCBG Members; UCB faculty, staff, & students; LBNL staff; UCOP staff||Free|
Reservations are required to enter the Garden. Reservations must be made online via a timed-ticketing reservation system before you arrive at the Garden.
Reservation slots are released every Friday for the following Wednesday to Wednesday week. The Garden is closed the first Tuesday of every month.
Members must login to make reservations for Members Only hour and to receive their free admission. Not a member? Join online today!
Note: The Garden will be closed Sunday, July 4 due to road closure.
For ticket/visit questions: email email@example.com or call 510-643-2755
BEGINNING JULY 5, 2021: UCBG Members and Cal faculty, staff and students will be able to visit without a reservation. Our reservation system will continue for General Admission to help manage guest visitation and experience. Member guests not included in your membership level package will still be required to have an advance reservation. Click here to learn more about Membership.
While at the Garden, the following guidelines must be followed by all visitors per City of Berkeley and UCB Health and Safety Guidelines:
Face coverings are still required for visitors over the age of two, with exceptions for those with medical, safety, and disability exceptions.
Please keep 6 feet of distance between you and other visitors who are not in your social group. As always, keep to the paths in our museum collection.
For a complete list of Garden Rules for visitors, click here.
Frequently Asked Questions
HOW CAN I VISIT THE GARDEN?
You may visit the Garden by purchasing timed admission tickets in advance.
Members need to Register with the reservation system and Sign In to receive their free tickets. Choose regular priced tickets and they will be discounted to free at the check out window.
Not a Member yet? Become a member today!
ARE MASKS STILL REQUIRED? WHAT IF I’M VACCINATED?
UC Berkeley has not yet changed its requirement for mask wearing while on University property, even for vaccinated individuals.
Face coverings are still required for all visitors above the age of two.
WHAT WILL I NEED FOR MY VISIT?
Face coverings are required for all visitors above the age of two. Bring your ID or card affiliation for all ticket price types requiring verification at the Kiosk during check in. These including students, ROAM/NARM/APGA members, and Cal affiliates.
UCBG Members have already been verified when Signed in during ticket purchasing.
WHAT IF I ARRIVE LATE?
We may not be able to accommodate late entries over 30 minutes. If you need to reschedule, please contact us at 510-643-2755.
CAN I GET A TICKET AT THE ENTRANCE?
With some special exceptions, all tickets are sold online only. We will not process ticket reservations at the entrance until further notice.
CAN I MAKE A RESERVATION OVER THE PHONE?
Yes. For assistance with reservations, please call 510-643-2755.
I’M HAVING TROUBLE WITH THE REGISTER SECTION OF YOUR SITE, WHAT SHOULD I DO?
If you are Member and having trouble Registering on our site, or if it is not recognizing your membership package for free admission, please email our membership department at firstname.lastname@example.org
HOW DO I KNOW MY RESERVATION WENT THROUGH?
DO I NEED A RESERVATION FOR MY CHILD?
Yes. All children will need to be included in your reservation.
WHAT IS YOUR CANCELLATION/EXCHANGE POLICY?
If you find you will be unable to make your timed entrance, please call 510-643-2755 to reschedule. If you are not feeling well, please do not come to the Garden.
IS PARKING AVAILABLE?
Limited parking is available at the UCBG parking lot, which is located across Centennial Drive from the Main Garden entrance. The rate is $1/hour payable by credit card or cash at a pay station or via the parking app. Parking is not guaranteed.
WHAT SERVICES/AREAS OF THE GARDEN ARE BEING AFFECTED?
- Temporary Closures: Glass Houses and Water Fountain (bottle filling station open). Please note that there will be path disruptions throughout the Garden, as we manage visitation flow and important horticultural projects.
- Temporarily, we are not offering the Plants of the World Tours or onsite public programs.
- Restrooms, benches, and water bottle filling stations are available.
- The lawn is open but please no picnicing.
HOW MANY TICKETS CAN I RESERVE?
In order to reduce group sizes, we are limiting reservations to 8 tickets. Members will receive the number of free admission tickets associated with their Membership level. Visit our website for more information about membership level packages at botanicalgarden.berkeley.edu/
WHAT IS THE GARDEN DOING TO ADDRESS SAFETY?
You will notice a number of changes to the Garden entrance/ exit and check-in areas, restrooms, and other typically high-traffic areas of the collection to better control the flow of visitors and facilitate 6-ft physical distancing guidelines.
NOTE: While the Garden is taking measures to adhere to local and state guidelines, there is an inherent risk with visiting a public space.
MY TICKET HAS AN END TIME, CAN I STAY LONGER?
We are using timed-ticketing as a way to achieve the need for physical distancing, particularly in and around our entrance/exit. You must arrive at or near your timed admission start time to be admitted. You can stay beyond the two hour reservation time, but please be sensitive to other visitors time in the Garden.
WE ARE OUTSIDE. WHY DO I HAVE TO WEAR A FACE COVERING AT ALL TIMES?
We are following UC Berkeley guidelines, City of Berkeley mandates and California Health and Safety Codes that apply to a museum environment. Face coverings allow us to protect fellow visitors, staff members and volunteers working within the Garden, regardless of their vaccination status. Let’s all protect each other!
ARE DOGS ALLOWED?
Pets are not allowed in the Garden due to the sensitivity of our plant collection. However, trained service dogs are allowed. The Garden follows these guidelines: http://access-guide.berkeley.
CAN I HAVE MY PHOTOSHOOT AT THE GARDEN?
Due to the City and County mandates, all visitors to the Garden have to keep their masks on at all times (except to eat or drink), we cannot host photo shoots/sessions. If taking any photos in the Garden, everyone has to keep their masks on at all times.