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“Small, but Wonderful” 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 #2 of 55 Attractions in Oakland
Type: History Museums, Art Museums, Natural History Museums, Museums
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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.
Santa Fe
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65 reviews 65 reviews
23 attraction reviews
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21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
“Small, but Wonderful”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2013

The Art portion of this museum has a limited, but absolutely superb collection of modern, photographs, avant garde, and "Arts and Crafts" period pieces, primarily from California. You can do this in a little more than an hour, and admission is free on the first Sunday of every month.

Visited January 2013
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Boston, MA
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“Great collection of Bay Area Painters”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2012

Good to see a few David Park, Joan Brown and other of the bay area painters. Also, many lesser known CA artists. Museum is a very accessible; welcoming to those unfamiliar with art as well as to those who are in the profession. Aslo, although I dont; have any, it seemed like a great place to go with children.

Visited December 2012
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San Francisco
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“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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7 attraction reviews
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32 helpful votes 32 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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