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Oakland Museum of California

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Address: 1000 Oak St, Oakland, CA 94607-4820
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+1 510-318-8400
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Wed - Thu 11:00 - 17:00
Fri 11:00 - 21:00
Sat - Sun 10:00 - 18:00
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The Oakland Museum of California provides unique collections, exhibitions...

The Oakland Museum of California provides unique collections, exhibitions and educational opportunities designed to generate a broader and deeper understanding of and interest in California's environment, history, art and people. Museum programs are responsive, accessible and meaningful to the public, including school children, teachers, scholars, the immediate Oakland community, and an increasingly diverse California population.

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History for You!

A great facility, creative layout of contents and story lines, useful docents - a stimulating combination for walking through history - both of the USA and CA. Being a culture and... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 6 days ago
510dele
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Georgetown, Texas
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Georgetown, Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

A great facility, creative layout of contents and story lines, useful docents - a stimulating combination for walking through history - both of the USA and CA. Being a culture and museum hound this place was familiar territory. The HOWEVER comes in how the curators put this museum together. Outstanding is a worn phrase but it encompasses first class, exceptional,... More 

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Oakland, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Local art and history is captured here. Everything from the history of marijuana legalization to the story of the Black Panthers. Local art and unique exhibits. Really one of my favorite museums.

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Oakland, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Beautiful grounds, always a great special exhibit, fun things for children and lots of info on California.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

We went there on a rainy afternoon. Well organized, kept our boys entertained. Not too crowded, hidden jewl.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

Spend a few hours here. Three floors for permanent collection - One natural history, one history and one arts. Lovely gardens. Can walk to Chinatown and other local sights of interest. Museum offfers some free days. Check for temporary exhibits as well. Something for everyone.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

This museum is among my favorites. OMCA hosts interesting exhibits, about two at a time, and also has the impressive California history exhibit year-round. In the CA history portion, there are plenty of interactive lessons that kids can take part in on a self-guided tour (make sound effects during the Hollywood history portion, draw native CA plants, or touching replicas... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

Oakland Museum of Art is really a home grown museum, by and about the people of the bay, past and present. There is great art and usually a wonderful current exhibit. They do a good job of reaching out to the community to create an inclusive space that showcases the diversity of the east bay.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The exhibits I enjoyed were The Black Panther 50 year anniversary and The Sneaker collection. Both were sort of a historical narrative. For lovers and followers of urban culture, these exhibits are a must. There is also a wonderful California history section. This space is interactive and a wonderful set up for kids. There is a $15 admission but on... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The Oakland Museum is a fantastic display of Californiana. The exhibits are divided into three levels: natural history, cultural history, and art. The focus is on California. The museum is great for kids and adults alike. And, there is always an interesting special exhibit.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Currently (Dec. 2016), the Oakland Museum of California has 3 powerful exhibits that can appeal to different tastes, interests, and ages. Power to the People cuts to the core of the Black Panther movement via objects (Huey Newton's peacock chair), photos (a whole whole), objects (e.g. cloth banner), films with participants, and historic information and suggests contrasts to current movements.... More 

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