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Oakland Museum of California

1000 Oak St, Oakland, CA 94607-4820
+1 510-318-8400
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One of the best!

If it were not for the price, this would be an A+ site to visit. I took students and friends there... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Oakland, California
Best Museum in the East Bay

This is my absolute favorite place to spend an afternoon in Oakland. The Oakland Museum always has... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
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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.
  • Excellent73%
  • Very good24%
  • Average2%
  • Poor0%
  • Terrible1%
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1000 Oak St, Oakland, CA 94607-4820
+1 510-318-8400
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Reviewed 1 week ago

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, so it is available...More

Thank jo9bloe
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

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’ve ever had. Food trucks, live music, discounted museum fees, if you’re...More

Thank Besia F
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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 (it was donated by her family after her death) and half-off admission on Fridays in the summer when there's...More

Thank JenTravels808
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I took my 4 boys (3/5/8/9) to the museum for an educational relaxed day with Dad. We all had a great time investigating California history and had a nice lunch upstairs.

Thank David C
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This is not a museum of Oakland but of all of California, and it's an excellent introduction to our tall skinny state. I live in Oakland and take foreign visitors here. They love it and I never tire of going back. Of the three floors--geography,...More

Thank otis234
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Regular exhibit has something for everyone--science, history, art. The courtyard is a lovely place for a picnic. Special exhibits are excellent. See website for current offerings. This museum owns many of Dorthea Lange's works. Friday nights: free entry for youth; often food trucks are there...More

Thank wordgirl2013
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

This vibrant museum has interesting changing exhibits and an eclectic art installation but our favorite is the California history permanent exhibit, full of realia and easy to read information. Beautifully curated. And don’t miss the tasty cafe fare and the gift shop. Easy parking underneath.

Thank DickandSusan
Reviewed 7 December 2017

The Oakland Museum has had several iterations over the years, and the latest is the most interesting. While it has always had a local historical focus, it's current one is impressive in the way that it reaches for community interest. Our last visit was to...More

Thank Mary D
Reviewed 1 December 2017

I've been to OMC several times. I tend to enjoy history, natural history, and science museums while my wife is more interested in art. This museum satisfies both of us! It's been a hit when I've brought my niece and nephew as well. There are...More

Thank Jett S
Reviewed 26 November 2017 via mobile

OMC is a unique treasure combining CA themed art, history and science permanent collections with outstanding special exhibits. OMC does well blending the past with contemporary issues and includes topical, human rights oriented topics that really push social consciousness. TIP The underground parking garage is...More

Thank Frank E
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10 November 2017|
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Response from Gail R | Reviewed this property |
They have free teacher days several times a year. They just had one a few weeks ago for the Dia de los Muertos exhibit and they mentioned they were planning two more this year (one winter, one spring). So get on their email... More
Sherri M
18 January 2017|
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Response from Pat M | Reviewed this property |
The Lake Merritt BART station is only a couple blocks from the Oakland Museum. When you exit the BART station head towards the hills and you are walking in the right direction.