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Oakland Museum of California

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Address: 1000 Oak St, Oakland, CA 94607-4820
Phone Number: +1 510-318-8400
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11:00 - 21:00
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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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great museum. some times it takes a little effort to keep kids interested in a museum long enough for the adults to get their money's worth - not this place. the kids loved it. we... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 days ago
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nola
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

great museum. some times it takes a little effort to keep kids interested in a museum long enough for the adults to get their money's worth - not this place. the kids loved it. we were there all day and no one got bored. got to see the actual nugget that started the California gold rush!

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San Diego, CA
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

We visited just California history area, plenty of artifacts and fun interactive displays, pieces of trivia, the good, the bad and the ugly, all is on hand to give you a real sense of what is that make what California is today and where it is heading.

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Maplewood, New Jersey
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We were drawn by the 50th Anniversary exhibit on the Black Panthers (which was quite remarkable), but visited the Art and History exhibits as well. Well curated, interactive exhibits. Highly recommended!

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Oakland Museum of California shows the state's history in it's permanent collection, including a section on immigration that's relevant today as in the past. A rotating temporary exhibit of different subjects. Free admission for everyone on the first Sunday of each month; Friday evenings are half price.

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Redmond, Washington
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We took a free tour, led by an experienced docent, of all three levels of the museum. Claudette was very knowledgeable and patient, and we got much deeper insights about the art and history on display. The Black Panthers at 50 exhibit was especially good - highly recommended.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The California history section is outstanding. The art section is not as good. The science section is great for children. The food in the cafe is very good also.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The Black Panther exhibit is a must see. It takes a 360 degree look at the short- and long-term impacts of this important movement in US political history, including its origins and systematic dismantling.

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New Orleans, Louisiana
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This museum was a treat for us on a rainy day in Oakland. I particularly enjoyed the history of the Black Panthers and their contribution to Oakland. It seemed completely relevant after the past election with the current mood in Oakland. The local artist display was imaginative and considerable larger than I expected. I didn't make it to the first... More 

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San Diego, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My husband and I had a few hours on Sunday morning to sightsee in Oakland. We made a great choice in our visit to the Oakland Museum of California. The diverse state of California is represented in exhibitions of Art, History, and Natural Science. It was interesting and engaging. Also, a great place for families. So glad we found this... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

During a recent visit to the Bay Area for work I made an effort to visit Oakland. As a Bay Area lover, i must admit that I knew very little about the east bay. So I took in two noteworthy sites. Oakland Museum of California and Oaklandish (see review). The museum was wonderful. The 50 Anniversary of the Black Panther... More 

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