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Oakland Museum of California

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Address: 1000 Oak St, Oakland, CA 94607-4820
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+1 510-318-8400
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10:00 - 18:00
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Wed - Thu 11:00 - 17:00
Fri 11:00 - 21:00
Sat - Sun 10:00 - 18:00
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The Oakland Museum of California provides unique collections, exhibitions...

The Oakland Museum of California provides unique collections, exhibitions and educational opportunities designed to generate a broader and deeper understanding of and interest in California's environment, history, art and people. Museum programs are responsive, accessible and meaningful to the public, including school children, teachers, scholars, the immediate Oakland community, and an increasingly diverse California population.

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A Day of Fun

This was our first time at the museum. We (1 adult, two kids... 8y and 12y) went through all three levels. It was a lot of fun! There are lots of interactive displays. The kids... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 4 days ago
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Santa Rosa, ca
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Santa Rosa, ca
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

This was our first time at the museum. We (1 adult, two kids... 8y and 12y) went through all three levels. It was a lot of fun! There are lots of interactive displays. The kids did not get bored at all. Plus, I learned a lot about California I did not know! Highly recommended.

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Livermore, United States
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

This is a nice size museum for families and older adults. It has a lot of interesting exhibits and a nice place for lunch during the week. It is only a block from BART and makes a fun family outing.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

Went to do something on a rainy day and everyone had the same idea. The only reason we didn't give 5 stars is one of our umbrellas was stolen since they won't let them into the museum exhibits. Best advice, go online and buy your tix. Saves waiting an hour in line. Find the ticket person and exchange your printed... More 

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San Francisco, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

If you are interested in California history, art or natural sciences, this Museum is a must. There are three levels; the bottom level houses the Natural Sciences exhibits, the middle level houses California history and the top level houses California art. You can visit just one level, or all three. There are lovely gardens to wonder in nice weather, and... More 

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San Jose de Maipo, Chile
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This is by far the best museum I've visited. It has three different sections located in 3 floors. Art, history and science. My grand son and I visit this museum at least once a month. It is interactive, interesting for kids of all ages (and grandmas). Plenty to learn about bugs, snakes, a beautiful acquarium, history of California, the gold... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

A relatively new and sizable museum with many rooms and levels for exhibitions. Currently, through February, there is a don't miss exhibit on the Black Panthers. Full of good information which will surprise many, without overload or propaganda,I had only a quick glance at permanent exhibitions, but they look impressive. One warning: there are lots of steps!

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Oakland, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Great California history and innovative exhibits - the Black Panther 50th Anniversary exhibit is awesome. The Friday night event is the best of what Oakland has to offer - amazing, chill crowd, great food, a full bar with artisan cocktails and great music. Check it out.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

It's a good place to spend your weekend with your kids. We have been visited for several times. Parking is easily and close to the museum.

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San Leandro, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Love their exhibits. We are grateful to have this museum in our area. It makes for an excellent day of exploring.

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Oakland, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

The Oakland museum is great. It has wonderful permanent exhibits on CA history, and always has fun, interesting, unique rotating exhibits. Highly recommended!

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