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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  • If it were not for the price, this would be an A+ site to visit. I took students and friends there for over 20 years, and all had a good informative time. i do believe the first Sunday is still free, ...  more »
  • This is my absolute favorite place to spend an afternoon in Oakland. The Oakland Museum always has incredibly interesting special exhibits, and Friday night’s at the museum are some of the most fun I’...  more »
  • This is an amazing Oakland/California-centered museum. It combines indoor and outdoor spaces in a delightful midcentury modern multi-level space, has an incredible Dorothea Lange photograph collection...  more »
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  • WOW!! This is now one of my favorite museums. It's huge, has an art, a science, and a history exhibit, and it is beautifully curated - everything flows so seamlessly, especially in the history and science exhibits. I really enjoyed the guest exhibits too - very unique. The best part is that all of the exhibits are about California and how amazing (and sometimes historically awful) this state is! You're also close to the awesome restaurants in downtown Oakland and beautiful Lake Merrit!
  • Great place for any age - I was just as interested/ entertained as the 3-year-olds I brought with me! Art, history and natural sciences; awesome exhibits on all things California; plenty of interactive things to do. By myself or with friends I could probably spend the whole day here
  • The museum is rather small. Only history section is worth of visiting. Nice but not full description of California history. I would like to learn more about native Americans living here before Spanish invasion.
  • Awesome museum... The history of California exhibit hall is the best. Very creative and interesting presentation. Love how interactive all the displays are
  • Love the Oakland Museum of California. Exhibits offer something for everyone, kids and grown ups alike. Conveniently close to Lake Merritt Bart and lots of street parking.

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