Hours & Admission

Reservations are recommended to enter the Garden except for Garden Members or UC Berkeley affiliates (membership card and/or ID required).


Open Daily: 10:00 am–5:00 pm

Members Only Hour: 9:00–10:00 am

Garden Shop and Plant Deck: 10:30 am–4:30 pm

Closed the First and Third Tuesday of the month
Check our calendar for holiday and special event closures

Redwood Grove and Glass Houses: close at 4:00 pm

General Information

Please note that there may be path disruptions throughout the Garden for important maintenance and horticultural projects. The Redwood Grove may be closed for Rentals or special events. Please check the Grove schedule at the bottom of this page. The Tropical House is closed for interior renovations. Please call ahead if you are interested in accessing a particular area.

Amenities Available: Accessible restrooms, benches, picnic tables, water bottle filling stations, bike rack

Plan Your Visit: Read our visitor tips and guidelines here so you can plan your best visit. View and print the Garden’s printable PDF map here, and find information about parking and how to get to the Garden here.

Accessibility: We welcome all visitors and are actively working on accessibility improvements. The grounds include areas of paved pathways, as well as unpaved paths that may be narrow, rocky, uneven, or steep. There are three accessible parking spots available in the main Garden parking lot. Trained service dogs are allowed to enter the Garden grounds but must first check in and be cleared at the Kiosk by Garden staff.

For accessibility questions please contact our Visitor Experience team at 510-643-2755 (CA Relay Service) or garden@berkeley.edu.


Reservation Recommended:

Adult $18
Seniors (65+) $12
Non-UCB Students $12
Youth (5– 17) $8
Children 4 and under Free
Museums for All with EBT card + ID $3
NARM/ROAM/AHS Reciprocal Members with card + ID Free

No Reservation Required (Bring ID):

UCB faculty, staff, & students; LBNL, UCOP staff Free
UCBG Members with Card Free

Group Admission

Admission for groups of 20 or more people must be made by email reservation in advance to guarantee admittance together. Email your date, time, and details to garden@berkeley.edu to make arrangements.

For school groups or tours, click here.
For college classes, click here.

Purchase Admission to the UC Botanical Garden

Reservations are recommended to enter the Garden unless you are a UCBG Member or UC affiliate.
Reservation slots are released every Thursday for reservations up to 4-weeks out.
Consider becoming a member online today for free access without a reservation, including 9:00 am Members hour!

Click button below to open all next available dates and times starting with today.

Holiday Hours: The Garden will close early at 1:00 pm on Wednesday, Nov. 22, and will be closed on Thursday, Nov. 23. The Garden will close early at 1:00pm on Wednesday, Dec. 13 and Saturday, Dec. 23, and will be closed on Sunday, Dec. 24, Monday, Dec. 25, Sunday, Dec. 31, and Monday, Jan. 1.

Starting in 2024 the Garden will be closed every Tuesday for maintenance and special projects.

Buy Ticket Today thru Dec 27

For admission/visit questions: email garden@berkeley.edu or call 510-643-2755 (CA Relay Service)

UCBG for All: Reduced and Free Admission Programs

The Garden welcomes the entire community and offers free and reduced admission opportunities to lower barriers of entry.

Museums for All

UCBG is a proud partner in Museums for All, a collaborative initiative of the Institute of Museum and Library Services that ensures every child and family has access to a world-class museum experience by offering reduced admission. Guests with an EBT card can receive discounted $3 Admission for up to four individuals. UCBG online reservations are recommended with Museums For All. Guests show their EBT card with valid ID at the Kiosk.

Discover & Go

UCBG is a partner of Discover & Go, a nationally recognized museum pass program that provides current California library cardholders with free and discounted tickets to local museums and cultural institutions. The Garden pass includes 1 free adult and 1 free junior admission. Limit 1 pass redemption per year; blackout dates apply. UCBG online reservations are not required with Discover & Go. Guests show their Discover & Go Pass with valid ID at the Kiosk

Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions

What if I arrive late?
You must arrive during the time of your purchased admission reservation as we may not be able to accommodate late entries over the 30-minute arrival window. If you need to reschedule, please contact us at 510-643-2755.

Can I purchase admission at the entrance?
Yes, you may purchase tickets at the entrance however to reduce wait time at the entrance we encourage purchasing tickets in advance online. The exceptions are UCBG Members and UC affiliates who are not required to make a reservation.

How many tickets can I reserve?

There is a 20-person limit to regular reservations. Admission for groups above 20 people must be made by email reservation in advance to guarantee admittance together. Email your date, time, and details to garden@berkeley.edu to make arrangements.

For class visits, go to our College & University page or Tours page for more information and to fill out a request form, at least one month in advance.

Can I make a reservation over the phone?

If you are having difficulty making an online reservation, please call 510-643-2755 (CA Relay Service) to check availability and, with confirmation, pay at the Gate.

How do I know my reservation went through?
You will know if your reservation went through ONLY if you received a confirmation email.

Do I need a reservation for my child?
Yes. All children will need to be included in your reservation even if free.

I’m a Member; do I need a reservation for my guests?
Members do not need an advance reservation for the number of guests associated with their Membership level or when using their Guest Passes. Advance reservations are recommended for any guests outside of your membership package that must pay for entry. Visit our website for more information about membership level packages at botanicalgarden.berkeley.edu/membership.

Can I bring my pet?
Pets are not allowed in the Garden due to the sensitivity of the plant collection. However, trained service dogs are permitted, but must first check in and be cleared at the Kiosk by Garden staff. The Garden follows these campus guidelines.

Can I bring a picnic to the Garden?
Outside food is allowed (no catering without a Rental contract). Enjoy your picnic at one of our many tables, benches or on the lawn. Please use nearby receptacles for trash, compost and recycling. Alcohol in not permitted per UC policy.

Can I take family/wedding/commercial photos or video at the Garden?
Restrictions apply. Please find our photography and video guidelines here.

What is your cancellation/exchange policy?
If you find you will be unable to make your date of reservation, please call 510-643-2755 to reschedule.

I’m interested in visiting the Redwood Grove. Is it open?
The Grove is regularly open from 9:00 am – 4:00 pm, but does close for both private rentals and Garden-related events.
Upcoming Grove closure dates:
  • Sat, Oct 21 from 1:30 pm to end of day
  • Sun, Oct 22 from 9:00 to 11:30 am
  • Sat, Nov 18 all day