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“Worst museum experience”

Oakland Museum of California
Ranked #1 of 120 things to do in Oakland
Certificate of Excellence
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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.
Oakland, California, United States
1 review
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“Worst museum experience”
Reviewed October 14, 2012

Staff rude. I am a customer to purses being inspected when I go to an exhibit, but this was beyond the beyond. I was told to keep my purse under my arm, and did, but I was then told by a different guard, rudely, that I had to hold it in my hands. This was a normal-sized purse, not a backpack or oversized. Guard on a power trip. Outrageous. Alienating. Never been approached like that, been to museums all over the world.

Visited October 2012
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Oakland, California
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33 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
“World class museum in Oakland!”
Reviewed October 14, 2012

If you're into the art, history and natural science of California, this is the place to be. In 2010 the museum reopened its renovated Art and History galleries. They'll open the renovated Natural Science gallery partially in October 2012, and then fully in 2013. The galleries are large, with lots of artifacts, art works and interactive displays. It's hard to be a passive visitor here; the museum offers lots of ways to engage with the collections. Gallery Guides and docents eagerly answer questions and share background information. The building itself is an architectural landmark, with excellent views of Lake Merritt and the East Bay Hills from the terraces. The museum store has improved a lot in the last few years, with lots of specialty merchandise you can't find anywhere else. Wherever you are in the bay area, it's easy to get here, as it's only 1 block from BART. One visit will NOT do; you'll have to come back!

Visited October 2012
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Sacramento, California
2 reviews
“A nice museum”
Reviewed October 12, 2012

I grew up in Oakland, and this museum used to be free, but it was nice to see it still in Oakland with some added attractions.

Visited September 2012
Thank 514Steve
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San Francisco, California
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44 reviews
14 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
“A surprise”
Reviewed October 4, 2012

When I lived in Oakland this was one of my favorite places to go to. Beautiful layout, knowledgeable staff, great exhibits.

Thank SifusWoman
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68 reviews
24 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
“First class museum. See the 1968 exhibit!”
Reviewed October 3, 2012

Loved the 1968 exhibit.
Took me back, wayyyy back. A first class museum. I shed a tear, (the war) laughed over the clothes, and had so many happy memories. Breezed through the california exhibit, but was kind of tired to enjoy it as much as i know i can next time.
I will be back

Visited October 2012
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