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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  • This is a museum that will enlighten you on the Californian history. You will also find artists from California in the art gallery.  more »
  • This museum is devoted to the history and art of California. So wait for a special expo that you want to see. And come on a Friday when the food trucks and music is outside in the early evening...  more »
  • Oakland and the East Bay are fortunate to have this terrific museum and cultural center. Always find thought-provoking exhibits and appreciate the commitment the Museum has made to bring culturally...  more »
  • Whenever I visit a new place or city I look for the local map to find out where is the best place to visit, including public places such as parks, streets, buildings and natural places such as beaches, rivers and lakes. . In the city of Oakland one of the places that everyone must visit is the Oakland Museum of California at Oak Street, 1000, Oakland, CA 94607, which is located in the middle of urban Oakland, east of downtown City. Tourists and locals walk through the Museum's different rooms and environments, observing the variety of items and things that showcase the arts, history, and habits of former city and state dwellers. It offers a solid and entertaining introduction to the art, culture, history and natural history of the state of California. The museum is well maintained and indeed offers good opportunities for visitors of all ages to learn and interact with the exhibits. The BART train station located near the building is also a good reason to visit. So, go and enjoy.
  • I come here with my partner nearly every Friday night for the Off The Grid gathering. So thankful for OMCA creating such a welcoming and fun community space on a weekly basis. Thank you! And of course we frequent the exhibitions, always excellent!
  • Great educational place for the children. A good amount of interesting displays. Beautiful grounds to walk around. Natural history, art, photography... Prepare to spend half a day there.
  • This is is usually the first place I take visiting friends and family. It offers a solid and fun introduction to the art, culture, history, and natural history of the State of California. It is superbly curated and provides opportunities for visitors of all ages to learn and interact with exhibits. Museum parking is cheap with validation, and it is easily accessible by BART.
  • It has changed much since we were there 15 years ago. We really liked watching all the kids interact with the exhibits. And we still loved our adult learning.

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