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Oakland Museum of California

1000 Oak Street, Oakland, CA 94607
510-318-8400
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Ranked #2 of 56 Attractions in Oakland
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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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62 reviews 62 reviews
29 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014 NEW

This museum is very family friendly and has been curated with great attention to how to draw in visitors of all ages and backgrounds. The exhibits are nicely arranged. As much as we enjoyed the cafe (yum), live music (awesome), and the art, the gem for us was the history section. This is a must visit museum if you love... More

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New York, New york
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7 attraction reviews
103 helpful votes 103 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2014

Beautiful gardens with interesting sculpture. Terrific Judy Chicago video. A wonderful selection of local artists.

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New York City, New York
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60 attraction reviews
42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2014

The museum had various stages of culture and art, and a description of the ecosystem in California. My daughter enjoyed the visitor participation when able to draw or touch objects. Some of the exhibits had doors and drawers that her fingers got caught in - painful moment. Had to file a report with the staff. Late night hours, music, and... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

I recently spent afternoon at Oakland Museum. Exhibits are informative and visually appealing with appropriate technology to engage children. California history permanent exhibit is excellent.

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Citrus Heights, California
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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 attraction reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

A somewhat confusing museum in a building that is so non traditional that it must drive the staff crazy trying to make the exhibits work. Fine art, in an awkward space. Very friendly staff and good parking under the building.

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Corpus Christi, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014

The museum is well designed has a large variety of exhibits and is on par with some of the larger more well known museums in the country. I try to go to museums in most of the Major cities and I don't think you would be disappointed if you've seen other large museums.

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Toronto, Canada
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4 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014

I have been to the Bay area a half dozen times and have "seen all the major tourist attractions" before. However, I had never finished up looking over those in the Oakland area so focused on that area during our current 10 day tour of the L.A and S.F areas. I had originally set my mind on visiting the USS... More

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New York
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10 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014

We went on a Friday night. perfect combination ...some art, great music and food trucks. Use the Off the Grid app to look up which food trucks are there and choose ahead of time. The lines are long but go quickly.

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Berkeley, California
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21 reviews 21 reviews
5 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

The Oakland Museum of California is a natural history, California history, and California art museum. The natural history of California is, not unexpectedly, intriguing. But the California history level is a must visit for any visitor of any age to the area; it will make you feel part of the history of the state even if you are in town... More

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London, United Kingdom
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32 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

This place is really 3 museums in one: California history, California art, and California natural history. Each section is on its own level, and there is a very good cafe. All 3 are high-quality museums that merit visits on their own. But combined, you get a great picture of the natural and cultural heritage of California. The displays are interesting... More

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