Oakland Museum of California, Oakland

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Take a comprehensive tour of the Golden State at Oakland Museum of California. Through more than a million artifacts and three separate galleries, the museum tells the story of California's history, arts, and nature. At the historical gallery, browse artifacts depicting everything from the native communities, Spanish settlers, and Gold Rush, to the rise of Hollywood and the present day. The art gallery displays numerous works of famous Californian artists, while the natural science section celebrates the extensive diversity of the state's wildlife. The museum's many amenities include a cafe, bike and car parking, and free Wi-Fi access. The entire facility is adapted to accommodate visitors with special needs and parents with small children. Use our Oakland tour itinerary maker website to add Oakland Museum of California and other attractions to your Oakland vacation plans.
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  • The Oakland Museum is a beautiful museum in downtown Oakland. There are docent tours, or you can walk through, and read all of the information yourself. Years ago, when I moved to CA, I took classes t...  more »
  • Go on friday nights when they have the food trucks! It's a great museum and lots of great info about California  more »
  • Stunning, varied exhibits wonderful outdoor experience and great docents! The building is an architectural wonder, with rooftop gardens and diverse plants and flowers.  more »
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  • Very cool! Lot's of really neat displays. Three floors in fact! On the first Sunday of each month it is free with a suggested donation. All the displays are well built and thought out. A very cool museum showing the history of California. A nice lazy stroll here is great for a Sunday afternoon!
  • I've already written a review about this. OFF the Gride is a great way to spend your Friday evenings. You have food trucks, live music, and some activities for the kids. Also there's drinks. You can dance or you can sit a just take I the vibes. It's family friendly but also nice for the adults.
  • Chinese New Year party was diverse fun inclusive and entertaining! Love the architecture of the buildings and use of outside space. The collections are usually spot on educational and entertaining. It's usually not overly crowded so you can enjoy your time with the exhibits.
  • Pretty cool place 3 levels with different stuff to look at. Was chaperoning a fourth grade class so that made it a little harder to take in everything. But did do a treasure hunt on the third floor art area the success. Enjoyed walking around the second floor with California history and checking out some of that stuff. And pretty much didn't get to see the bottom floor lol all in all though a good time
  • I haven't seen this place as much as I wanted to. But based on what I have seen it's an amazing museum with so much to offer about Califronian History. Every Friday there are food trucks outside the museum as well as live music and people enjoy themselves with what the establishment offers. I would definitely recommend this place - especially on a Friday
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