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Oakland Museum of California

1000 Oak St, Oakland, CA 94607-4820
+1 510-318-8400
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A Collection of Impressive Scope

I was amazed by the breadth of the collection on display at the Oakland Museum. The 1960's... read more

Reviewed 6 days ago
Dave D
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La Crescenta, California
Great museum

I love the fact that this museum has 4 different locations to view from. The hip hop museum was my... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
LRM321
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Atlanta, GA
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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” (56 reviews)
“friday night” (46 reviews)
“special exhibit” (24 reviews)
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1000 Oak St, Oakland, CA 94607-4820
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"natural history"
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"friday night"
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"special exhibit"
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"gold rush"
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"permanent collection"
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"half price"
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"three levels"
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"interesting exhibits"
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"dia de los muertos"
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"modern art"
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"black panther"
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"native americans"
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"great displays"
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"all ages"
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Reviewed 6 days 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

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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

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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

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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

Thank Daniel H
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Reviewed 4 March 2018

took BART in so no parking worries. This museum is absolutely filled with so many gems. Everyone will find something interesting- even if you have lived here all of your life!

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Reviewed 3 March 2018

It's important to visit every new exhibit with the old to truly appreciate the good things in this very expensive state

Thank Linda I
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Reviewed 12 February 2018

This museum is surprisingly good. I went not expecting much, but found a pretty good art collection and an exceptional exhibit on California and Oakland history. Parking is available under the museum, which is very convenient.

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Reviewed 7 February 2018 via mobile

Best place to go and relive your childhood bring back a lot of memories and it's very educational for the youth and people of nature you should go and enjoy ypurself

Thank Focus O
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Reviewed 4 February 2018

OMCA has a great Friday night program that includes 1/2 price museum entrance fee. The museum is open late, a side street is lined with food trucks, there is live music and dancing, art projects for kids, an open bar, and often a lecture or...More

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nativesanfranciscans
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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
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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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