Three months after opening their new building in Downtown Berkeley, the Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive (BAMPFA) have reported big numbers in both attendance and sales.
Following their community day event, which officially welcomed visitors to their new building now located on Oxford Street (not too far from the Downtown Berkeley BART station, as well as the west entrance to the UC Berkeley campus), BAMPFA has already issued around 55,000 gallery passes, and over 13,000 film tickets. Also seeing a rise was the membership, which jumped from 2,500 to 5,000, and the BAMPFA Store, matching sales earned in the last eight months of operations at the previous address.
But increasing sales are not the only big news for BAMPFA. The museum have been highly praised for the Diller Scofidio + Renfro architecture, which incorporated an Art Deco-style with bold stainless-steel clad structure, and was even mentioned in the San Francisco Chronicle. The museum is also getting praised for being more accessible, as it now located just a block away from the Downtown Berkeley BART station, instead of having to take the 49 or 51 bus from the station to get to the former building. BAMPFA also got praise for longer hours, and becoming more economically accessible for families.
Upcoming programs at BAMPFA include exhibitions “Berkeley Eye” and “Sojurner Truth, Photography and Fight Against Slavery,” as well as film series including those of Mexican film noir and music films.