Oakland Museum of California

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1000 Oak St., Oakland, CA 94607 1000 Oak St., Oakland Directions
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My friend and I enjoyed the museum displays and also ate a terrific lunch. It was a pleasant, relaxed afternoon. I also appreciated the brief guide, by one of the docents, through the new features of the museum upstairs. I do plan to go back!
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Loved the museum! Thanks!
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A jewel of education in Oakland
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Great museum and local resource, unfortunately underutilized.
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Love the museum and will go back soon
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Great museum for adults and kids alike.
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Super interesting museum with so much on the history, art, natural sciences of California! Wish I had more time to see everything.
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An awesome wealth of knowledge!
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We just went to one floor, the art gallery today. We were impressed and had a wonderful time. The docent on the floor was an unexpected bonus and enriched our experience significantly. During our stop at the gift shop to buy some children's Christmas presents (we found 3), we were assisted by a great staff member. She helped us sign up for a membership and refigured our purchase with the discount the membership allowed. All in all, we had a delightful day at the museum and look forward to returning, perhaps to do a floor each time. We especially appreciated the seating available in almost every "room" of the art gallery. Thank you.
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Excellent exhibits and a fantastic experience overall! Highly recommend it for any art, history, or science enthusiast!
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California is too vast and diverse a state to capture through just one medium. That's why Oakland Museum of California combines art, history, and natural science collections—more than 1.8 million objects total—to tell the state’s story.

Organized around themes of land, people, and creativity, the art gallery showcases more than 70,000 works from the 19th century through present day, ranging from paintings and sculptures to new media. Encompassing more than 100,000 artifacts, including several thousand bird eggs, the natural sciences gallery spotlights seven particular landscapes, including Yosemite and Mount Shasta. The history gallery includes more than 2,200 objects that trace major periods in the state's history, tying together the lives of the indigenous people, incursions by Spanish settlers, and the giggling mad dash of the gold rush. In a nod to the history of Tinsel town, the interactive Creative Hollywood station lets visitors create an animation, add sound effects to movies, and forget a personal assistant’s birthday.

Forming the roof of each level, verdant gardens separate the galleries, while more greenery and sculptures beautify the museum's outdoor roof gardens and courtyards. The museum uses more outdoor space to hosts its Friday Nights @ OMCA, a family-friendly market full of live music, dance lessons, and local cuisine. Local and seasonal ingredients, meanwhile, flavor the dishes available in the museum's Blue Oak café. The café doubles as a residency for jazz bassist Ron Crotty, a founder of The Dave Brubeck Quartet, who grooves his way through jazz standards every Friday.

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