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“Thought provoking shows and a great look at CA history.” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Oakland Museum of California

Oakland Museum of California
1000 Oak Street, Oakland, CA 94607
510-318-8400
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Ranked #1 of 94 things to do in Oakland
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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.
San Francisco
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22 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“Thought provoking shows and a great look at CA history.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2012

Saw the 1968 show here and it was fantastic! This museum never disappoints in the way that it creates an engrossing and interactive experience that really brings history to life. Very nice staff and a great thing to check out if you're in the area.

Visited November 2012
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Modesto, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
“A wonderful collection very well presented”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 22, 2012

Both the art collection and the history section are excellent (the natural history section was being renovated when I visited). There is a nice variety of art with an emphasis on California artists. The space is well designed and uncrowded. The history section really fascinating and covers from the native residents through to modern times. There are many hands on elements that children will enjoy. This museum is a real gem and worth a visit. Two or three hours should be allowed to enjoy things thoroughly.

Visited December 2012
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Davis, CA
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“Great place for dia de los muertos exhibit”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2012

Visited the museum during a special teacher event to view the dia de los muertos altar exhibits...really enjoyed them, as well as everything else the museum has to offer.

Visited November 2012
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San Francisco
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“Visiting the museum - caution”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2012

We saw the very excellent ' 1968 ' exhibition on a recent sunday afternoon.
We lockerd our bikes to the public lock stand adjacent to the Museum entrance on Oak st.
Upon our return the bikes were gone.. $ 2000 lost.
WARNING- DO NOT lock your bikes on the street , ask the Museum for secure locked parking for your bike in their garage.
The museum should have ample warning at the entrance ticket counter that bikes are not safe .

Visited November 2012
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Oakland, California, United States
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“Art and history”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 30, 2012

It has a small but very credible collections of mostly northern California artists, arts and crafts movement - Oct has an amazing Day of the Dead exhibit. there is also a history section ranging from gold rush icons to interactive tech exhibits plus some interesting natural history sections. Nice cafe for lunch and parking garage or street parking.

Visited October 2012
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