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If a collection of over 19,000 works of art and over 17,500 films weren't enough to draw you to Berkeley Arts Museum + Pacific Film Archive (BAMPFA), the striking new building should be. Designed by the firm that created New York's High Line, the repurposed Art Moderne printing plant and stainless steel addition are works of art in themselves—and that's to say nothing of the museum's robust exhibits and film program.


As the visual arts center at one of the world’s leading public research universities, the UC Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive (BAMPFA) brings the rich artistic resources of the UC Berkeley campus to the broader public. BAMPFA’s mission is to inspire the imagination, ignite critical dialog, and activate community engagement through art, film, and other forms of creative expression. Through its collections, research resources, and programs, BAMPFA aspires to be locally connected and globally relevant.


Each year, BAMPFA presents more than twenty gallery exhibitions and 450 film programs. In conjunction with its major exhibitions, BAMPFA develops extensive public programs, including gallery tours, lectures, and performances. BAMPFA provides the community with accessible and engaging arts programs, including school field trips and hands-on artmaking workshops for families and multigenerational audiences. BAMPFA’s collections of more than 23,000 art objects and 17,500 films and videos represent a tremendous diversity of global cultures and historical periods.