Walking Tours

Picture of people on a walking tour

We offer walking tours in the spring and fall.

Tours are held on Saturdays. They start at 10:00 am and end at approximately 12:00 noon. Sometimes they are slightly longer, so some extra time should be allowed in case the walk meets an informative passerby or dwells at an interesting site. Tours are limited to 30 paying participants unless noted otherwise. Pre-paid reservations are required and tickets are not refundable. Tours are conducted in rain, shine or Berkeley fog and are wheelchair accessible unless otherwise noted. You will be informed of the starting point by email or phone a day or two before the tour.

Individual tours are $10 regular, $8 for BHSM members. Members can sign up for all five for $35. Non-members can buy a membership and a season ticket for $50. For these quantity discounts, please print this form and order by mail or in person.

The regulations and recommendations of the Berkeley Health Department at the time of each walk will apply. The walks are entirely outdoors, except for the Berkeley Rep one, and the leader will speak over a PA system. You may take further personal precautions such as wearing a mask if desired.

Spring 2023

Saturday, June 10, 10 AM
A Tiny Town with an Outsized Trove of Public Art
Led by Sandy Friedland

We Were Here; We Will Return (mural by Evan & Tay Reinhold)

For a city on land of just 1.2 square miles, Emeryville has an unusually rich collection of public art, both along its sidewalks, in public and private courtyards, and in the lobbies of some of its newer buildings. Join us on a tour of the more notable installations on a flat, 2.5-mile route through this town, home to Pixar, Clif Bar, Peet’s and Jamba Juice—not to mention Rudy’s Can’t Fail Cafe. Along the way, we’ll learn some of the fascinating history of this colorful little town, which Earl Warren once called the “rottenest city on the West Coast.”

Sign up on Eventbrite, by mail, or in person at the museum.

If you have suggestions for future walking tours, please email us or leave a message at 510-848-0181.

For other walks featuring local history, you might wish to check these sites:

Photos by Tom Edwards