Please note that the BAM/PFA Galleries are closed from December 22, 2014 through 2015 as we move to our new building in downtown Berkeley, opening in early 2016.
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How can I find out more about accessibility for people with disabilities?For information on wheelchair access, disabled parking, sign language-interpreted tours, assistive listening devices, and other services, please see our Special Needs Access page.
Are wheelchairs available at BAM/PFA?A wheelchair is available at no charge at the museum’s Bancroft entrance.
How do I arrange a group visit or tour of the BAM/PFA galleries?Reservations are required for groups of ten or more. For information, rates, and reservations click here.
Read more frequently asked questions about group visits and tours here.
Does BAM/PFA rent its facilities for private events?BAM/PFA galleries, theaters, and meeting rooms are available for special events, classes, and receptions. Please see our Facilities Rental page for more information.
Does BAM/PFA have a lost and found?BAM/PFA Galleries
To find out if a lost item has been found in the galleries, and to make arrangements to retrieve lost property, call BAM/PFA Security at (510) 642-5188.
For lost and found items in the PFA Theater, please visit the box office (open one hour before the first showtime of the day) or phone the theater manager at (510) 643-2197.
UC Berkeley Campus The campus Lost and Found office is located at 2427 Dwight Way and is open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 12 noon and 1 to 5 p.m. Phone: (510) 642-4936.
How do I find parking around BAM/PFA?See the Parking page for a map and details about public parking in the area.
Is photography permitted in the BAM/PFA galleries and PFA Theater?Photography by the public is prohibited in the galleries and theater due to copyright restrictions applicable to many works of art and film.
How can I make a delivery to BAM/PFA?All deliveries should be brought to the BAM/PFA loading dock, located at 2625 Durant Avenue between College Avenue and Bowditch Street, just east of the Durant entrance to the museum. Directions and Map
How can I submit proposals for exhibitions at BAM/PFA?Please see How to Submit Exhibition Proposals.
How do I make a gift of art or film to BAM/PFA?Please see our Donations page for information on donating works to the BAM/PFA collections or PFA Library. All donations to BAM/PFA are tax-deductible.
Can I reproduce works from BAM/PFA exhibitions and collections?Questions regarding reproduction of works in the BAM/PFA art collection can be directed to Genevieve Cottraux, email@example.com. Questions regarding reproducing works on loan for exhibitions should be directed to Peter Cavagnaro, Media Relations Manager, firstname.lastname@example.org. Film and video from the BAM/PFA collection may not, under any circumstances, be reproduced. For questions regarding the reproduction of film and video stills, please contact the Library & Film Study Center.
Does BAM/PFA offer art and film appraisal services?BAM/PFA does not provide appraisal services. For film and video appraisals, the Library & Film Study Center can recommend experienced professionals. BAM/PFA cannot recommend specific art appraisers. This partial list of Bay Area art appraisers is offered for reference purposes only:
Butterfield & Butterfield, (415) 861-7500
G. B. Carson, (510) 526-1930
Hobart Associates, (415) 292-3362
Lyon Appraisals, (650) 617-1065
C. L. Wysuph Associates, (925) 256-4071
How can I find out more about art conservation?The museum does not have a conservator on staff. Local conservators in private practice include:
Niccolo Caldararo, (415) 453-9064
Pauline Mohr, (510) 333-7316
Patricia O'Regan, (510) 527-7027
Heida Shoemaker (510) 644-3852
Julie Goldman, (415) 640-4339
Zukor Art Conservation, (510) 652-7915
Tracy Power, (415) 824-8762
Meg Geiss-Mooney, (707) 763-8694
Hannah Riley, (510) 390-6233
How can I find out more about film preservation?Please see our Film and Video Preservation page for information about PFA’s preservation activities. The PFA Library is a good source of general information about film preservation.
Who do you recommend for framing?We cannot recommend a specific framer, but local framers include:
Barbara Anderson Gallery & Framing
2243 5th Street, Berkeley
2999 College Avenue, Berkeley
The Framer’s Workshop
2439 Channing Way, Berkeley
3347 Martin Luther King Jr. Way, Berkeley
1645 Hopkins Street, Berkeley
Can I bring a group to BAM/PFA?Groups are welcome at BAM/PFA. Reservations are required for groups of ten or more. For information, rates, and reservations click here.
Are tours are available for groups of nine or less?Public guided tours of current BAM/PFA exhibitions are usually held on Thursdays at 12:15 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m. Please check our calendar or our Education Programs page for the exact schedule.
Who leads guided group tours?Guided group tours are led by UC Berkeley graduate students.
Is there a maximum group size?We do not allow more than thirty in any one gallery at one time; if there are more than thirty in your group, please arrange to divide them into groups of less than thirty.
What are the gallery rules for groups?
- No touching the art objects.
- No running in the museum.
- No food or drink in the galleries.
- Works in the sculpture garden may be touched gently, but not climbed upon.
- No backpacks or large bags are allowed in the galleries. Backpacks, large bags, umbrellas, and coats may be checked in at the coatroom at no charge.
- No pens may be used in the galleries. Pencils may be borrowed from the admissions desk in the Bancroft Lobby.
- Photography is restricted to architectural features, labels, and wall texts, but the art is off limits unless otherwise noted. No flash photography is allowed in the galleries.
Please review these rules with everyone in the group for the safety of both the art and the visitors. Chaperones should actively oversee students, helping to ensure that the visit is safe for both the students and the art.
Where can we have lunch?There is no indoor lunchroom. School groups are welcome to eat in the sculpture garden or on the covered terrace in case of rain. Bag lunches may not be eaten in the museum cafe. Bag lunches may be checked in at the coatroom at no charge.
Where are the restrooms and drinking fountains?
- Restrooms are located downstairs on the lower level. There are stalls for disabled visitors.
- There are water fountains on the lower level near the cafe, in the main Bancroft Lobby near the elevator, and in Gallery 6.
What if we have accessiblity considerations?The BAM/PFA galleries, restrooms, sculpture garden, cafe, and terrace are all accessible by wheelchair. There is a passenger elevator that can be used to go to and from the lower level on Durant Avenue and the main Bancroft Lobby. It can also access the topmost Gallery 6 with assistance from a guard. Click here more information about accessibility.
To request disability-related accommodations, please call, (510) 643-1002 or email email@example.com. Please request accommodations well in advance of your tour to assure the best possible arrangements.