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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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BAM/PFA Group Tours FAQ
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BAM/PFA General Frequently Asked Questions

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.

PFA Theater
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, gcottraux@berkeley.edu. Questions regarding reproducing works on loan for exhibitions should be directed to Peter Cavagnaro, Media Relations Manager, pcavagnaro@berkeley.edu. 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:

Painting conservators:
Niccolo Caldararo, (415) 453-9064
Pauline Mohr, (510) 333-7316
Patricia O'Regan, (510) 527-7027

Paper conservators:
Heida Shoemaker (510) 644-3852
Julie Goldman, (415) 640-4339
Zukor Art Conservation, (510) 652-7915

Object conservator:
Tracy Power, (415) 824-8762

Textile conservators:
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
(510) 848-3822

2999 College Avenue, Berkeley
(510) 644-2356

The Framer’s Workshop
2439 Channing Way, Berkeley
(510) 849-4444

Something Special
3347 Martin Luther King Jr. Way, Berkeley
(510) 658-9050

Storey Framing
1645 Hopkins Street, Berkeley
(510) 524-3422

BAM/PFA Group Visits and Tours Frequently Asked Questions

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 sgvisits@berkeley.edu. Please request accommodations well in advance of your tour to assure the best possible arrangements.

BAM/PFA New Building Project Frequently Asked Questions

Where will the new BAM/PFA building be located?

The site is located at Center and Oxford Streets in downtown Berkeley. The public entrance will be on Center Street, the corridor that links the west entrance to campus with the Downtown Berkeley BART station and Berkeley’s active commercial zone. Anchoring Berkeley’s Arts District, BAM/PFA will count as its neighbors the Berkeley Repertory Theater, Aurora Theater, Freight and Salvage Coffeehouse, and the Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life.

How will the new building relate to the former UC Berkeley printing plant?

Unoccupied since 2004, the Art Deco–style former printing plant, including a lower level created through excavation, will be repurposed to serve as gallery, education, store, and office space. This building will be integrated with an approximately 30,000-square-foot new structure that will include the 232-seat Barbro Osher Theater, film library and study center, art lab, works-on-paper study center, special-event space, cafe, and back-of-house operations. The new BAM/PFA will be approximately 83,000 square feet.

Who is designing the new building?

The new building is designed by the New York City–based firm Diller Scofidio + Renfro (DS+R). Among DS+R’s recent architectural achievements are Boston’s Institute of Contemporary Art; the redesign of Alice Tully Hall, a concert and film facility at Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts in New York City; a 95,000-square-foot expansion of The Juilliard School; the High Line, an urban park on a one-and-a-half-mile stretch of elevated railway in New York City’s Chelsea District; and The Broad, a 120,000-square-foot museum of contemporary art expected to open in downtown Los Angeles in 2014.

Who is the architect of record?

Architect of record for the new BAM/PFA is EHDD of San Francisco, a nationally recognized architecture firm with a long track record with the University of California, Berkeley, and with exceptional expertise in educational facilities, buildings for science, and museums.

What is the impetus for the new BAM/PFA building?

The impetus for the new building is safety: a 1997 survey found that BAM/PFA’s existing facility—a 101,000-square-foot reinforced concrete structure—does not meet current seismic standards. A seismic bracing of the building completed in 2001 elevated it from a “very poor” seismic standard to a “poor” rating. This upgrade has enabled BAM/PFA to remain open while it plans and constructs a new facility. The University has committed to elevating all campus buildings to at least a “good” seismic rating.

What will happen to the current Mario Ciampi-designed building on Bancroft Way?

The campus will determine the future use of the Ciampi building, which will likely provide academic support and support space for campus units with space deficits. Upgrading the building is expected to include construction that would eliminate the open gallery space that the museum requires for its exhibition program. Thus, the building can be permanently braced, but only for another purpose.

Will the film program be included in the new building?

Yes. One of the many benefits of the new facility is that the film program will be integrated with the galleries and educational spaces in a single facility. Patrons will experience BAM/PFA’s film program in the Barbro Osher Theater—a structure designed specifically for film presentations. Both the current theater space at 2575 Bancroft Way and the previous film theater, housed downstairs in the current building, are classroom/lecture spaces that were modified for presenting film in a theater setting.

How will the new BAM/PFA building be funded?

The $112 million project is funded through a philanthropic capital campaign and private sources.

What’s the current status of the project?

Construction is underway. The foundations for the new building have been poured, structural steel columns are being set in place, and construction of the lower level gallery walls has begun. Large steel beams have been installed temporarily to shore up the historic south facade of the printing plant as well as the administration building. The iconic sawtooth roof has been removed to an off-site location where it is being cleaned and restored for future reinstallation. The former UC parking lot at Oxford and Addison streets has been demolished to prepare the way for the new Barbro Osher Theater.

When will the new BAM/PFA building open?

Early 2016.