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Oakland Museum of California

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Day of the dead and more

We spent the entire day at the museum. It started with traditional day of the dead opening ceremony... read more

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Buffalo, New York
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Friday night

I met friends here Friday night during y recent trip to San Francisco. There was live entertainment... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
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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...more
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1000 Oak St, Oakland, CA 94607-4820
+1 510-318-8400
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

We spent the entire day at the museum. It started with traditional day of the dead opening ceremony with dancers. After that we ate at food trucks that were serving Mexican food. The empanadas were wonderful. We spent the rest of the day in the...More

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Reviewed 4 days ago

I met friends here Friday night during y recent trip to San Francisco. There was live entertainment and a ton of food trucks. We chilled in the back near the bar which allowed us to catch up, enjoy a few drinks before heading back out...More

Thank Kengi K
Reviewed 1 week ago

Only managed the history of California section but it was a superbly presented chronological history of California which added a massive amount to our stay. Excellent quality of display backed up by informative audio commentaries and some fun interactive exhibits. you need 2-3 hours to...More

Thank Stewart G
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Every time I come to visit my daughter who lives 2 blocks away from this museum, we come here for Friday night half price museum at 5pm. Then we select dinner from one or two of the dozen or so food trucks, while listening to...More

Thank Sandi B
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A fairly large facility on three levels, one devoted to art, one to science and one to histor. There is a wonderful variety of displays, many interactive, many videos, lots of places to sit and rest, lots of little nooks and crannies to get lost...More

Thank Susan L
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I love the exhibits here and the open garden at the Oakland Museum. I really enjoyed the Hip Hop Respect exhibit because it spoke to a huge piece of what Oakland is about from an artistic lens. Really great activities there for families. Great place!

Thank Malkia C
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The folks at the Museum have put in great efforts to make this place useful, fun, and exciting for the community and I think that they have been extremely successful. On Friday nights this place really shines, great for singles and families alike— there is...More

Thank alisondgilbert
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Wide range of things to see. Staff is friendly and helpful. Plan a full day, wear comfortable shoes.

Thank Sharen N
Reviewed 17 September 2018

This lovely museum is dedicated to all things from California and they do a terrific job. Come for a special expo that interests you. One night each month the food trucks arrive and everyone makes a picnic.

Thank Thomas V
Reviewed 16 September 2018

Truly a great museum with a focus on California. I have been to museums in Africa, Asia, Europe, and Latin America. I must say that although it is not the largest museum around, it is the best curated museum I've visited. The first floor is...More

Thank Dan834
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10 November 2017|
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Response from Gail R | Reviewed this property |
They have free teacher days several times a year. They just had one a few weeks ago for the Dia de los Muertos exhibit and they mentioned they were planning two more this year (one winter, one spring). So get on their email... More
Sherri M
18 January 2017|
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Response from Pat M | Reviewed this property |
The Lake Merritt BART station is only a couple blocks from the Oakland Museum. When you exit the BART station head towards the hills and you are walking in the right direction.
Barbara G
28 June 2016|
Response from McDave2 |
Never again.