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Oakland Museum of California

1000 Oak St, Oakland, CA 94607-4820
+1 510-318-8400
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Best regional museum

I love the place it is very family oriented with a lot of educational material inside it is a very... read more

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fabioborsoi
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Vittorio Veneto, Italy
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Great regional museum

A great regional museum with highly engaging exhibits including for teens and children. It is... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
StephenSFBayArea
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San Francisco, California
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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 responsive, accessible and meaningful to the public, including school children, teachers, scholars, the immediate Oakland community, and an increasingly diverse California population.
  • Excellent73%
  • Very good24%
  • Average2%
  • Poor0%
  • Terrible1%
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“natural history” (57 reviews)
“friday night” (46 reviews)
“special exhibit” (24 reviews)
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1000 Oak St, Oakland, CA 94607-4820
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"interesting exhibits"
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

I love the place it is very family oriented with a lot of educational material inside it is a very food for thought .

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

A great regional museum with highly engaging exhibits including for teens and children. It is really 4 museums - art, nature/environment, California history and the outdoor grounds. I recommend an annual family pass if you live in the area. Great gift shop and good on...More

Thank StephenSFBayArea
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

My adult children suggested that we visit the museum last weekend because it was excellent. They were absolutely correct in their assessment. There is an incredible presentation of California history, human and natural. It was so profoundly informative and enjoyable. I learned so much and...More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Architecturally this museum is an awesome sight. Multi-leveled and blending in with the environment, it's a very comfortable place to be. I'm impressed with the wide halls and movement between indoor and outdoor venues. I love the theater like rooms used for conferences, graduations and...More

Thank J L J
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

You can overlook the Brutalist style of the building to appreciate the gems within: a wonderful survey of California arts and crafts, history, and geology. Currently there's a hip hop exhibit (fascinating!). Take some time to visit the gardens, though at lunch time they are...More

Thank SoupchickRI
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I was amazed by the breadth of the collection on display at the Oakland Museum. The 1960's modernist building by Roche-Dinkeloo provides a strongly-ordered backdrop to the exhibits. The permanent collection is arranged into 3 galleries, focused on the history, art and natural environment of...More

Thank Dave D
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Reviewed 1 May 2018

I love the fact that this museum has 4 different locations to view from. The hip hop museum was my favourite. It’s an excellent rendition of history related to the city. There’s also a science, arts, and history museum inside. Very kid friendly. This museum...More

Thank LRM321
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Reviewed 16 April 2018

I haven't been to the OM for years, perhaps decades, when it was a great museum featuring a cross-section of California from San Francisco and the Pacific Ocean to the Central Valley up the foothills to the crest of the Sierra Nevada and into the...More

Thank Larry A
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Reviewed 9 March 2018

I thoroughly enjoyed my first visit to Oakland Museum on 10/30 during a birthday trip to the Bay area. We checked out the Black Panther exhibit, which was informative and insightful. I particularly enjoyed the fact that the exhibit was curated in a way that...More

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Reviewed 8 March 2018 via mobile

I went with my wife and mom on a first Sunday during the free/$5 suggested donation day. I had only looked up a few pictures before going, but really had no idea what to really expect. To a certain degree, I think that’s the best...More

1  Thank Daniel H
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nativesanfranciscans
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
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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.
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