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Oakland Museum of California

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Address: 1000 Oak Street, Oakland, CA 94607
Phone Number: 510-318-8400
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Wed - Thu 11:00 am - 5:00 pm
Fri 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Sat - Sun 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Description: 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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Cool museum!

We stumbled upon this place accidentally when we were in the area. What a cool museum! Modern, informative, interesting, interactive, colorful, and clean. We could tell that they... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 28, 2015
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Jakarta
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27 reviews 27 reviews
7 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2015 NEW

We stumbled upon this place accidentally when we were in the area. What a cool museum! Modern, informative, interesting, interactive, colorful, and clean. We could tell that they put a lot of thought when they designed this museum, and the execution is very good. There were a lot of exhibits to see, and a lot of lessons to learn. 1.5hrs... More 

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Cheltenham, United Kingdom
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35 reviews 35 reviews
10 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015

If I could spend a week in this place, I would. In fact I'd love to camp among the galleries and exhibits. My museum-phobic finance also absolutely loved it here, the wealth of information is presented so engagingly. We are from the UK and have travelled across Europe and 11 states of the USA and this remains high on our... More 

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California
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6 reviews 6 reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015

The new Bee exhibit is very informative. The museum itself has been redesigned and is very viewer friendly and interactive. The California history part is very informative and attractive.

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6 reviews 6 reviews
5 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015

This museum is wonderful for families. Friday night, eat dinner from the food truck corral, dance to live music, treat yourself to a craft brew while your little ones enjoy a craft, then wander through the galleries. A great place to study our local history, nature and art. And, the gift store is outstanding.

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Oakland, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015

The Oakland Museum of California is a one-of-a-kind institution-- under one roof, you can walk through the history of California in artifacts and dioramas; check out natural history displays that are both attractive and educational, and view a first-rate collection of California art. Changing exhibitions are usually worth visiting as well-- as is the cafe, which haas good snacks. First... More 

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Oakland, CA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015

We went to the Oakland Museum of California expecting to spend a couple of hours seeing the museum... After four hours, we had done only one floor, the one about California history. It was really informative, well planned, and best of all, there are a ton of interactive parts... we were drawing, taking pictures, making music,... Would highly recommend for... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2015

Went to this museum on the first Sunday of the month, which is free. Really cool things inside here with very diverse types of art! There is so much stuff, I didn't even have time to see it all. I'd go again.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 8, 2015 via mobile

I had to do a painting critique at the oakland museum because my professor made everyone go. I enjoyed my time and there are a lot nice paintings there. I passes my project with a B.

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Oakland, CA
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13 reviews 13 reviews
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11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 2015

I recently took two of my grandchildren (-ages 12and8) to spend a Sunday at the museum. We explored all three levels: art, history, and natural science. Interspersed with displays were interactive stations which engaged the kids. We stopped for lunch at the Cafe and I was amazed at the intriguing menu which offered something tasty and different for each of... More 

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Oakland, CA
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22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 2, 2015

The Oakland Museum is not as well-known as it should be. It has 3 floors: art, history, and natural history, all focused on California. The displays are well-done and engaging, with some interactive displays. Very kid-friendly. They also have a beautiful garden for wandering around, sitting and relaxing or kids to run on the lawn. My favorite though is to... More 

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