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Oakland Museum of California, Oakland

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4.7/5 based on 420+ reviews on the web
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 travel itinerary maker to arrange your visit to Oakland Museum of California and other attractions in Oakland.
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  • Very entertaining with great temporary expositions! The quality of the presentation is outstanding and well paced. 
  • Free access to the museum paying only for parking where you take a train to the top of the hill where are several buildings with interesting architecture that house the collection, surrounded by garde...  read more »
  • This museum is a challenge more than a title. First, it reflects not only art and science, but also the life. Namely that it does not at present works, spirit of man, result of his research, but he translated his living environment, the city of Oakland, metamorphoses, his hopes, for good or for evil. In what other Museum would we see a floor dedicated to the cultivation of narcotics? In what other Museum whether they would have the artifacts of daily life in the suburbs? The visit Friday afternoon is a must: it is open later and admission is half-price ($7 50). Residents take ownership of the place: take place of shows, concerts, and many food trucks are present. Then, as for the objects, there are for everyone: 19th come from these striking portraits and these tables that are aware of the history of the construction of the American nation. Of the 20th, the profusion of genres and styles, the mark of man on himself and what it produces, the very idea that the notion of art is ambivalent in terms of conceptual and semantic. This is for the artistic floor, but there are also natural sciences and their retinue of epistemological questions. How to classify? How to understand? How to protect (always the idea of anchoring the Museum in reality)? There is also history, from the local to the general. Finally, we will visit both the surroundings (American traditional city so far of our European urban planning) than roofs (available for free, and still have many works of great interest). The Museum is huge and occupies a whole block. Easily stay there a few hours, we get lost, but in the end we found. Must visit, if you want my opinion.
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  • Hey, I checked out the OMCA Friday Night thing. Boring! I guess I'm spoiled after the amazing Friday nights I've seen at the DeYoung, MOMA, and science museum in San Francisco, but this was a yawner. It got worse when we tried to salvage the evening by checking out the galleries. It's not that they don't have a great XYZ collection: They have NO collections. The "art" and whatever is just random stuff thrown in a big airplane-hanger like space. How sad that this is what the East Bay has for a museum. Clearly, San Francisco rules and this place doesn't get 5% of the money and influence that flows through the city. Feel like learning something? Well, save yourself $3 and stay home and watch the Science Channel at random. Or Goggle some artist's name and just stare at whatever comes up. Okay, that's it.
  • The permanent collection is always interesting, and keep track of the rotating exhibits online. The annual Day of the Dead installation is a must-see. First Sunday of the month is free, sponsored by Wells Fargo. Bicycle parking is available for free in the garage.
  • This is the place to be on a friday night. Great food trucks from all over the bay. Music and a sum wine is👍
  • A fascinating museum. Loved the history section. I didn't have time to see everything in one day, will definitely be back if I'm ever in Oakland again.
  • When I went to the museum I thought that it would be like the museum of my country, El Salvador, but is not. Because my family and I didn’t know about the museum, we ask to the service staff and they helps with no problem. The experience that I got was wonderful and now, I’m going to be a good client of the museum. I know that I’m not the only one who writes a good feedback about the museum. I recommend the people to go to the museum and have a good experience and fun.
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