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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
10:00 - 18:00
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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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Good for kids, varied exhibits, unusually good restaurant!

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... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
Oakland, California
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Oakland, California
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Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

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 

Thank markofjohnson
Greater London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Good museum on the history of California plus a good art gallery too. Really tries to get to grip with a balanced history plus hands on displays to keep the kids entertained.

Thank michael c
Simi Valley, California
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Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

Was visiting Oakland last weekend & found this museum as a things to do list. The museum is 3 stories never made it to the first but the Art section & the CA history section were fantastic we spent over 3 hours here & never lost interest. 😘

Thank pdocter
Winter Garden, Florida
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Reviewed 1 week ago

We visited on a Saturday and the museum wasn't very crowded. That was probably because the sun was shining after many days of rain. There are three different sections. The art section was just o.k. The nature section was somewhat interesting with the bee exhibit. The best part of the museum is the section with the history of California. Behind... More 

Thank PLan977
Lake Tahoe, United States
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Unique and innovative exhibits. Most recently on urban culture and bees to name a few. The California exhibit is a great narrative of this great state. Nice museum store. Great membership benefits.

Thank Adam H
Piedmont CAlifornia
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

relatively new museum in downtown Oakland. often admission using other museum cards. Much about local history. kid friendly with things for kids to do.

Thank SabaTata11
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Great museum! I've been twice. Most recently, they had a very informative special exhibit on the Black Panthers - great for history buffs like me! Museum is surprisingly quite large and extensive. Top floor is art. Bottom level has fascinating ecological history of San Francisco Bay ecosystem. They have restaurant. Once a month is free and with food trucks outside... More 

Thank Bruce C
Oakland, California
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I went specifically for the Panther exhibit however after checking out that exhibit I wondered into other exhibits at the museum and was delighted

Thank jamilblackwell
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This museum surprised me when I first visited years ago. I found a variety of themed exhibits. The displays were well done artistically and very interesting. In some cases not traditionally displayed. ( I find that refreshing.) Interesting subjects and art. I would check them out online to see what is currently on display. When you are through playing outside... More 

Thank Raysunlover
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I would like to recommend the Oakland Museum. It is very well run. The exhibits are always interesting. Even the food in the snack bar is first rate. You will not be disappointed. A must see !!

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