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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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Wonderful Black Panther exhibit

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... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 days ago
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW 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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San Francisco, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week 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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San Diego, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 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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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Luckily, I happened to be in town for their Friday night discount and food truck round up. It was my first time in Oakland, but everyone I mentioned this activity to said I would love it - they were right. So many great exhibits. Not only that, but they find a way to make things interactive that you wouldn't even... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I went there with bunch of students and we had amazing time. I was really surprised that I been living in Oakland for long time and never visited this place

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Thank prince A
Oakland, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This museum is a must for anyone who is in Oakland. I have always loved this museum for many reasons, but what I like the most is that is has a variety of exhibits on many topics, such as Native American culture, natural history, human history, the gold rush, and plenty more. Fridays are especially fun for the food trucks.

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Thank PaulBPCA
San Francisco, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Excellent as a museum as exhibits are interesting and always changing. Even better for solos and couples on Friday night for live music, dancing and eating

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This museum is extensive, covering not only art, but human history, natural history, and lots of fun things for the kids. What really makes this museum special is its docents. I have a background in the arts, but the docents at this museum were able to really take me through the art exhibits and make me think about them in... More 

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Savannah, Georgia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 December 2016

We really enjoyed visiting this museum on a rainy day. It is actually three museums in one: one floor is art, one is science and natural history, and one is California history. All the exhibits are well done and the museum is a manageable size. A great collection of depth over breadth.

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Oakland, CA
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 December 2016

whether you are looking for a fun thing to do on a friday night or looking for an educational trip with the kids, OMCA has it. they've done a GREAT job creating interesting, educational, beautiful, locally relevant exhibits. they may focus on art or culture or nature or history or a big combo - it is always interesting. I mention... More 

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