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“Oakland Gem” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Oakland Museum of California

Oakland Museum of California
Ranked #1 of 114 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, CA
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11 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Oakland Gem”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 20, 2012

I love this museum. It is a great spot in a great city. I have a membership and take friends from out of town to the museum. The exhibits are great, many are interactive, and the gift shop rocks.

Visited September 2012
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Camas, Washington
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36 reviews
18 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
“1968 Exhibit”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 16, 2012

Lots of interactive exhibits. Be prepared to read a lot. Very informative and nice displays. Period clothing and furniture. Hubby bored sai he knew all the stuff already. Fun game of 7 random questions testing your musical knowledge of 1968. Exhibit closes Nov 25, 2012. Museum opens at 11 am. Closes at 5 pm CAUTION. During week best to go in afternoon. (or call ahead and ask if any school groups scheduled) TONS of noisy kids running around. They come for the California exhibit (which is excellent too) but they visit other exhibits as well. GREAT PLACE AND HELPFUL STAFF.

Thank casper684
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San Francisco, California
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24 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
“Museum with so much more!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 15, 2012

Oakland Museum has many rotating exhibits, so you are never seeing the same thing twice. Currently there is the "1968" exhibit, loads of memorabilia from 1968, including a helicopter, Vietnam era! Also is the glass exhibit, it's just wonderful. On the first Friday of each month is an evening of entertainment. The cafe has excellent food. This is a must for any visitor to Oakland!

Visited October 2012
Thank salsatraveler
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Castro Valley, California
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31 reviews
14 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 14, 2012

I have been a regular visitor to this museum over the years, and I have never ceased to be amazed. There are always fascinating "visiting" exhibits and the permanent exhibits are constantly being re-vamped.

Visited October 2012
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San Diego, California
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63 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
“A treat for adults and children!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 11, 2012

Don't judge this museum but its bunker-like feel when you first enter; the exhibits will soon have you enchanted. Much thought has been given to presentations which educate painlessly. They are visually exciting and often inter-active. We planned a two hour visit--and happily stayed three plus hours! Be sure to wander the grounds to see koi, sculptures, and a great roof-top view! This Oakland gem is a must-see!

Visited November 2012
Thank EvyLee
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