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Oakland Museum of California

1000 Oak Street, Oakland, CA 94607
510-318-8400
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Ranked #3 of 47 attractions in Oakland
Certificate of Excellence 2013
Type: History Museums, Art Museums, Natural History Museums, Museums
Owner description: The Oakland Museum of California provides unique collections, exhibitions and educational opportunities designed to generate a broader and deeper... more » Owner description: 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. « less
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Oakland, California
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44 reviews 44 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2014 NEW

Lots of interesting exhibits, helpful docents. Nicely laid out for meandering without being overwhelmed. A good day out with the kids.

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Oakland CA
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12 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2014 NEW

The Oakland Museum of California is a great resource for kids education as well as adult enlightenment. It is great fun and includes art, history, nature and a great gift shop that I can never leave without buying something that simply delights me from very helpful and friendly staff. They have special music and cultural programs; they have a great... More

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Northern CA
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7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014 NEW

I'm a Docent in Science so there is a definite predjudice- this is a great, fun, exciting Museum- Honest!

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Oakland, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW

The Oakland Museum of California is a great place for people to visit. It has something for everyone, which means it's good for families as well as adults traveling without children. It is a small museum, so you won't be overwhelmed. There is a good section on California history, and a section on California Natural history as well. The art... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW

We have been going for years. They have wonderful regular exhibits on California art & natural sciences. They will have various shows from their own extensive collection they don't have room to show, plus traveling exhibits. We loved the recent show on the San Francisco Bay from every angle, including under water in the tide pools. If you are from... More

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Oakland, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW

The exhibit halls of the Oakland Museum were remodeled and reconceptualized several years ago -- and they did a great job! The permanent art exhibit is an adventure in styles and presentation – it may not boast the most famous names in the world, but it represents many excellent artists, and has a larger proportion of women than almost any... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW

The Oakland Museum has it all great exhibitions an outstanding permanent collection with many great examples of California landscape paintings as well as a large space devoted to California history. Their cafe is lovely and the museum shop is an excellent source for unique gifts and souvenirs.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW

A low lying modern building with garden and sculpture terraces fun to explore, and inside renovated exhibits of California history, wildlife and artwork. A fun place to learn !

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2014

It's true. This museum is a gem, and I make a point of visiting every time I am in the Bay Area. The exhibits are outstanding, especially since they re-imagined what a museum experience could be, and take an integrated approach to connecting art, with society, culture, science, and natural history.

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Hayward, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2014

Attended the museum for first time was pleasantly surprised. Exhibits were about different terrains and animals that inhabit them. The outside party that was held outside was an added bonus. There was food ,drinks and live salsa dancing available. Go for museum stay for party.

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