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Oakland Museum of California

1000 Oak St, Oakland, CA 94607-4820
+1 510-318-8400
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Truly impressive museum

I have visited many museums across the world, and I cannot recommend this one highly enough! The... read more

Reviewed 6 days ago
Louise S
Bend, Oregon
Black Panther Party Exhibit

The Oakland Museum is an awesome venue. There is something for everyone of all ages. Location is... read more

Reviewed 1 week 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 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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1000 Oak St, Oakland, CA 94607-4820
+1 510-318-8400
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Reviewed 6 days ago

I have visited many museums across the world, and I cannot recommend this one highly enough! The exhibits are incredibly well done, both from a design and content standpoint. The temporary exhibit, Nature's Gift (open 'til Jan 21, 2018) is an interesting addition, and provides...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The Oakland Museum is an awesome venue. There is something for everyone of all ages. Location is near the jewel of the city's Lake Merritt. Parking is available for a nominal fee. Admission is affordable. There are beverages and snacks available or bring a bag...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

Having recently moved to Oakland I decided to spend some time visiting this museum. The expectations were not high, was just looking for something to do on a Saturday. Boy...what a surprise! I highly recommend a visit to this museum. Very nice insights on the...More

Thank 788geraldt
Reviewed 1 week ago

After visiting and appreciating the Oakland Museum numerous times as our children grew up--and then on our own--we recently returned with our active and enthusiastic 7-year-old grandson and great-nephew. It was a good thing that there were two of us (adults), because the boys wanted...More

Thank Kredit
Reviewed 1 week ago

We try to go on the last Sunday of the month for the free day. And we are never disappointed. We also like to go to First Fridays there too.

Thank gardengirl1964
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Worth a stop for the creative exhibits. The Friday night food truck events are fun gatherings that attract a friendly crowd.

Thank Jo R
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Very impressed with this museum. Lots of great exhibits. Very interesting. Spent a fortune in the shop.

Thank OriginalEnglishRose
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

I had half a day to spend and went with no idea on what to expect. Left very impressed. Both the collection and the exhibition were really interesting and so well displayed; it's much less "museum" than so many other museums. As a bonus, I...More

Thank mschr
Reviewed 11 October 2017

The Oakland museum has a wide range of art, culture, activities, gardens, and a comfortable cafe, beautifully designed but providing an intimate and private experience; a lovely place to wander through. First Fridays are especially fun.

Thank WriterforPeace
Reviewed 8 October 2017

...I used the Oakland Museum as a home base. I met a long-time colega here, for iced coffee in the gardens. We sat in the shade and caught up for hours. I used some in between time to tour the history sections, to sit in...More

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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.