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Oakland Museum of California

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Highly recommended

Only managed the history of California section but it was a superbly presented chronological... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
Stewart G
Bristol, United Kingdom
Friday Nights A Must

Every time I come to visit my daughter who lives 2 blocks away from this museum, we come here for... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Sandi B
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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...more
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1000 Oak St, Oakland, CA 94607-4820
+1 510-318-8400
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Reviewed 4 days ago

Only managed the history of California section but it was a superbly presented chronological history of California which added a massive amount to our stay. Excellent quality of display backed up by informative audio commentaries and some fun interactive exhibits. you need 2-3 hours to...More

Thank Stewart G
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Every time I come to visit my daughter who lives 2 blocks away from this museum, we come here for Friday night half price museum at 5pm. Then we select dinner from one or two of the dozen or so food trucks, while listening to...More

Thank Sandi B
Reviewed 1 week ago

A fairly large facility on three levels, one devoted to art, one to science and one to histor. There is a wonderful variety of displays, many interactive, many videos, lots of places to sit and rest, lots of little nooks and crannies to get lost...More

Thank Susan L
Reviewed 1 week ago

I love the exhibits here and the open garden at the Oakland Museum. I really enjoyed the Hip Hop Respect exhibit because it spoke to a huge piece of what Oakland is about from an artistic lens. Really great activities there for families. Great place!

Thank Malkia C
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The folks at the Museum have put in great efforts to make this place useful, fun, and exciting for the community and I think that they have been extremely successful. On Friday nights this place really shines, great for singles and families alike— there is...More

Thank alisondgilbert
Reviewed 1 week ago

Wide range of things to see. Staff is friendly and helpful. Plan a full day, wear comfortable shoes.

Thank Sharen N
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This lovely museum is dedicated to all things from California and they do a terrific job. Come for a special expo that interests you. One night each month the food trucks arrive and everyone makes a picnic.

Thank Thomas V
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Truly a great museum with a focus on California. I have been to museums in Africa, Asia, Europe, and Latin America. I must say that although it is not the largest museum around, it is the best curated museum I've visited. The first floor is...More

Thank Dan834
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We spent three hours at the museum and could have extended it to 4-5 hours. The layout of the museum makes it easy to manage. There are 3 floors: Calif. History, Art, and Natural History. That way, you could skip a floor if you weren't...More

Thank lolly63
Reviewed 10 September 2018

Sunday visit, plenty of parking in the underground garage. We dropped family off at the Oakland airport, headed to Faction Brewing in Alameda, then followed with a short 1.5 hour visit to the Oakland Museum. First time at the museum, and even though it had...More

Thank zephyr64
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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.
Barbara G
28 June 2016|
Response from McDave2 |
Never again.