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“Incredible Museum”

Oakland Museum of California
Ranked #1 of 127 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.
Reviewed August 15, 2013

The Oakland Museum of California is my favorite museum in the Bay Area. The Oakland Museum is really three museums in one location. This great institution is made up of a Natural Science wing, a History wing and an Art wing. The Museum has undergone a 60 million dollar renovation to all three wings. The Natural Science wing is the last gallery to be renovated.

What makes this museum so special are all the interactive exhibits as well as the various video forums and the full sets featuring things like a 1950's kitchen, an old gold country bank where the prospectors brought their pan gold to be weighed and sold along with a small theater showing old silent films.

The Natural Science wing was really well done and laid out. You start with a huge topographical map of California, a "Welcome to Oakland" city limits sign and a giant oak tree city symbol. The topography and ecology of Oakland is next with an actual redwood grove, interactive maps of all the creeks in Oakland leading to Lake Merritt and the Bay. There's also a great display showing where the water in California comes from and where it goes. From the Mount Shasta area all the way to LA. One of my favorite exhibits is the Ocean life of California. There is a full scale Sea Lion as well as jaws of various sharks in drawers and on the walls. The end of the Natural Science gallery features a large room with projected video footage of under water life off the coast of California.

The Oakland Museum is a gem and a must see for any visitor to California. If you're coming to visit California you need to start at the Oakland Museum. This museum will educate you about everything California.

Thank Elmano G
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Reviewed August 5, 2013

This museum focuses on California artists..living and artists from the past. It was recently remodeled and it's now very modern and has great exhibits. The feel is clean, colorful and family friendly. Parking is easy as well and every Friday night there are street food vendors on the main street in front of the museum so have a cheap dinner and visit the museum and support local businesses.

Thank Tuesday_Moon8
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Reviewed August 4, 2013

I've visited museum in free of charge first sunday of the month, 4 Aug. History exhibition was really interesting for all of us, a lot of activities for all even my 2y son has a place for running/jumping etc. Also there was nice picnic in the garden. The pond is very pleasant and quite place.
I was a little bit disappointed by nature science building, not match to do, just big screen with deep-sea views is very pleasant.
Stuff is very friendly there, convenient in-house parking. We came at 11 AM so there were plenty of empty slots.
For family it can be planned as a whole day activity.

Thank thor_the_great
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Reviewed August 3, 2013

We made it to 2 of the 3 buildings (history and natural history) and really enjoyed it. Well laid out and informative. We picked up a lot of interesting info on CA, and there were some nice pieces of Oakland mixed in.

Thank David D
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Reviewed August 1, 2013

This museum has great exhibits and even host nights to mingle with singles. Great parking and even has a wonderful wedding venue option on the lawn.

Thank Sightseeing98
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