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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
11:00 - 21:00
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Wed - Thu 11:00 - 17:00
Fri 11:00 - 21:00
Sat - Sun 10:00 - 18:00

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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Used to come here for field trips as a kid. It was a usual museum. But now that my kids are in grade school, I love chaperoning their field trips to the OMofC. Hands on and... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
Jen V
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Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Used to come here for field trips as a kid. It was a usual museum. But now that my kids are in grade school, I love chaperoning their field trips to the OMofC. Hands on and relevant exhibits. Great one of CA and local Oakland. Recently had a history of the black power movement, and history of sneakers. Great CA... More 

Thank Jen V
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Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

My husband and I tagged along on our daughters school field trip! So glad we did! We ended up staying longer than the school and exploring more of this great museum on our own. A true treasure. Living most of my life in California, I thought I would be bored, but this is a FUN, interactive museum with so much... More 

Thank Korina M
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Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

The good thing about this museum is that it's interesting for both adults and kids. You can visit during the day or you can visit them on Friday nights for a reduced price with live music and drinks. Friday nights are ideal for date night or just fun with friends but it is more adult oriented.

Thank Patricia R
Alameda, California, United States
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Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

The Oakland Museum Fridays off the grid have great music with DJ, dancing, and good food from 5-9pm.

Thank Lily L
Oakland, California
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Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

As a local I should probably go here more. Its easy to get to on foot and has a parking garage if you drive. This is more than just your regular museum displays and exhibitions; this is a place with family friendly music and food trucks AND beer on wine on certain days. I believe its specialty is California history... More 

Thank Robyn P
San Leandro, California, United States
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Reviewed 1 week ago

The Oakland Museum of California is a small but important museum filled with California (especially Northern California) art dating from the state's settlement through today. The four galleries and special exhibits are a must see for locals and visitors who appreciate art will enjoy their visit, too.

Thank Tracy B
San Francisco, California, United States
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Reviewed 1 week ago

with a rotating exhibit choice the Oakland Museum has a consistent rotation of interesting selections of northern california history (ie PIXAR, tennis shoes, Marijana)

Thank Lynne A
Berkeley, California
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is a very comprehensive museum of California history, natural history and art, that also mounts regularly changing exhibitions of important art and ideas.

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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I went on Friday night for the event that they have on every week between 5-9pm. I got there late so didn't see too much. There were many food trucks outside but were shutting down. There was a jazz band playing, drinks being sold and people getting into the groove. It was a really nice vibe and a huge mix... More 

Thank MsBeautySoul
Oakland, California
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Enjoyed this museum. Big exhibits on history and natural history of CA, also fascinating changing exhibits on the upper level. Well suited for kids. Exhibits have some facts and explanations like most museum but are more about presenting scenes and showing artifacts in scenes and multimedia. This fires the imagination, encourages exploration, and lets you feel like you discovered interesting... More 

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