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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 travel itinerary maker to arrange your visit to Oakland Museum of California and other attractions in Oakland.
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  • So proud to live in Oakland and to have access to this fine museum. Permanent exhibits explain Northern Califonia history and environment. Many fine California artists on display too. Also have the mo...  more »
  • A terrific museum broken into three parts: history, art, and science. The history was terrific, as was the special art exhibit. Didn't have enought time for the science part. Lovely gardens and views ...  more »
  • But being tourists we hadn't spotted that our visit timed perfectly with a superb Special Exhibition on her. A full hour later we took a break in the cafe (which was a bit limited in its range of food...  more »
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  • Visiting the Bay Area? Entertaining out of town guests? A stop at the Oakland Museum is a perfect way for San Francisco visitors to get a taste of Oakland and the East Bay. This museum is full of California art, exhibits on California history and natural history. There are many interactive exhibits for children too. Located within minutes of the Lake Merritt BART station it's any easy ride from any BART in San Francisco. If you come late in the day on Friday of a month, stick around for OM Friday Nights with music and food trucks. On a beautiful blue sky day, visitors can also enjoy a stroll around nearby Lake Merritt or check out Oakland's Chinatown which is a more cultural community minus all the tourist shops you find in San Francisco Chinatown. You will also find many award winning restaurants or beer gardens within walking distance.
  • I had an amazing time performing there. I am a dancer and it was an amazing experience. From what I saw at the Oakland Museum was very nice neat and organized and I am glad I went. You should go there just for something beautiful ancient and artistic😌😀
  • I brought my 5-year-old and 9-year-old granddaughters to visit the Museum. They both really enjoyed the visit. We had gone about 3 weeks ago and they were anxious to return. The Bee exhibit especially caught their attention. It is a trip well worth the effort.
  • A wonderful museum of California! The staff is so nice a friendly! Gina always helped us out the guides know their galleries. You can spend easily 4 -5 hours here. If not days!
  • One of the best museums in California. Very easy to drive there, ride BART, and local transits. They have lots of history, cultural, and learning exibits. Lots of events. Great place for everyone.