The Oakland Museum of California seems to have something new and interesting every time I visit. It is also nice to view the galleries and exhibits I've seen before. They are like old friends, always something new about them to discover and explore. It seems that i can never see it all in one visit. The gardens also allow a peaceful moment to reflect on everything i've seen. Sp often there are deep themes and questions embeded in the art or natural science displays that need pondering.. i am always lured for a pause into the upscale cafeteria and it's California cuisine of fresh local foods. The gift shop is a treasure trove of tasteful, beautiful and unusual items.