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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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10:00 am - 6:00 pm
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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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Oakland Museum of California

We were in Oakland trying to find something to do before heading to a ball game and saw the Museum of California. We were pleasantly surprised. The history section was the best... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 15, 2015
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Manhattan, Kansas
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48 reviews 48 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2015 NEW

We were in Oakland trying to find something to do before heading to a ball game and saw the Museum of California. We were pleasantly surprised. The history section was the best. It was interactive on a simple scale but the activities were fun. We were also there on a Friday and they had a special event going on outside... More 

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Petaluma, California
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75 attraction reviews
149 helpful votes 149 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2015 NEW via mobile

I did not find this museum to be anything special. The history of California exhibit was interesting and informative, but I was expecting more early California artists. It seems this museum is trying to represent a small sample of everything rather than concentrating on a more focused group of artists. I did not understand the highlighting of the graffiti 'artist',... More 

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Alofi
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29 reviews 29 reviews
10 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2015

Oakland Museum has ben upgraded over recent years, and this is reflected in the many interesting galleries and exhibits. A museum for all ages, with the Natural History wing especially interesting for children. As a visitor from overseas, it provide valuable information on the social development of the United States. I found the section on the legislation enacted to provide... More 

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Methuen, MA
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28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2015

It was nice to walk around this museum. I was there for less than one hour. The parking is discounted when validated, however, if a fire alarm sounds in the museum and it is evacuated as in my case, the clock as far as the parking goes, keeps on ticking - and it cost me twice what it should have... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2015

Always an interesting collection, whether permanent or temporary. Friday nights are the best for food trucks, music, and half price on museum entry.

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Oakland, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2015

The Oakland museum has art, history, natural history, beautiful outdoor spaces, and great special exhibitions, all to do with California and all terrific and unusual. They are open until 9PM Fridays, with live music, dancing and great food. There's truly something for everyone here. Come with kids, teens, friends, or just spend some time on your own. You cannot go... More 

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Oakland
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23 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

Science floor is wonderful. Art is ever changing overview of California artists and scenes. Make sure you pull out the drawers in the file cabinets that are in many rooms - special treasure in these such as Dorthea Lange proof sets and cameras. The California history floor is without match. The Oakland Museum should be on everyone who lives in... More 

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Pleasanton, California
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6 reviews 6 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2015

We joined the Oakland Museum after our visit because we can't wait to visit again and again. Plus we can now take guests! We really enjoyed the special bee exhibit and the rest of the natural history museum. They did an outstanding job on the remodel. Our next visit will include the rest of the museum. We like to take... More 

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Vienna, Austria
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113 reviews 113 reviews
34 attraction reviews
46 helpful votes 46 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 8, 2015

The exhibits were well spaced, with intriguing background info, and, as an example of the quality of the items on display, a sparkling 19th century horse drawn fire engine with steam-driven water pump. Friday evening it's open until 9 p.m. and at half price entry, too!

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Oakland, California
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6 reviews 6 reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 5, 2015 via mobile

This Museam has everything! I just love the layout! The top floor is art from California artists. The middle is the history of California. It is set up chronology so you can walk right through the evolution of the state. And the lower floor is the Natural science of the state. You start at the ocean and travel through all... More 

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