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Special Group and Private Tours

Advance tour reservations are required for parties of 10 or more (including school groups) and any visitors who prefer a private tour. School group tours are offered for grades 6 and above.

Special group/private tour reservations must be made at least 14 days in advance through the online tour reservation system.

  • 100+ people: Please contact the Tour Coordinator at (510) 642-5216.

What’s a Special Group?

A special group is any party of 10 or more people. This can include a family, school group, private tour company, non-profit group, or any group of 10 or more people. If you are a party of less than 10 people and want a private tour with no other visitors, you can also book a Special Group Tour for a fee. If you are a party of less than 10 people and don’t need a private tour, please join us on our daily free public walking tour. Reservations are required and can be made here.

Fees

Special Group Tours are free for California schools; fees apply for all other special groups and private tours. The fee schedule is at the bottom of this page.

Schedule

Fall 2017 group/private tours will be offered September 18 – December 1. The tour reservation┬ácalendar for Spring 2018 special group/private tours will be available in late January and start on Monday, February 5, 2018.

For individuals and families with 9 or fewer people, Visitor Services offers a free daily public walking tour.

Special Group/Private tours are available on weekdays during most of the spring, summer, and fall semesters. They are not offered during semester breaks, the first few weeks of a semester, spring break, Thanksgiving break, and during final exams.

Group/Private tours are offered Monday-Friday only at 10:30am, 11:30am, 1pm, and 2pm. Tours are 90 minutes long, except middle school tours, which are 60 minutes long.

Space is limited, and availability is on a first-come first-served basis.

Spring 2018 special group/private tours will begin on February 5, with the booking calendar posted in late January.

Tours are free for California schools (middle school, high school, and college groups). For private, nonprofit, out-of-state, and international groups, the following fees will be assessed:
  • 1-35 people: $50
  • 36-50 people: $70
  • 51-70 people: $90
  • 71-100 people: $110
  • 100+ people: Please contact the tour coordinator at (510) 642-5216.

UC Berkeley departments will be charged a reduced fee of $25 per guide via chartstring.

Group tours must be reserved at least 14 days in advance through our online reservation system.
  • 100+ people: Please contact the Tour Coordinator at (510) 642-5216.

Reservations are limited and available on a first-come, first-served basis. Visitor Services is not able to provide tours other than those appearing on the reservation calendar.