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“A Special Experience”

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 December 17, 2013

I've been visiting since the museum opened in the 60's and I love it still. The History exhibit remains my favorite. It's a glimpse into my own history and experience as a Californian. But the Art and Natural History exhibits are just as interesting. Recently remodeled, the museum offers something for everyone!

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Reviewed December 10, 2013

Really excellent museum, featuring all things California. Nice cafe and cool building. Walk around Lake Merritt and end up at the Museum, beverage at the cafe and you won't regret it.

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Reviewed November 25, 2013

The Oakland museum has wonderful special exhibits. It's an interesting and attractive building, with easy access (across the street) to Lake Merritt. Visit the museum, walk around the lake, and go to the Lake Chalet restaurant.

Thank Janet W
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Reviewed November 25, 2013

Want to learn a bit about California go to the Oakland museum. Wonderful examples of history, art and nature all of California. An amazing building with park like settings and a great place for a fanastic lunch...

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Reviewed November 25, 2013

With excellent sections devoted to history, natural history and art, all housed in a vibrant contemporary facility, this museum has something to please everyone in the family. My favorite is the natural history section. California is divided into geographic sections from the beach to the wet lands, to the Central Valley and on to the Gold Country foothills and ending in the Sierras. Each section is represented by dioramas and stand alone displays. You feel as though you have been transported to each region. Don't overlook the fine art. And the historical displays merit a look from the Wells Fargo coach to the hippie artifacts, it is all fascinating. The cafe is well worth a stop for lunch and break up your visit since you should give yourself at least three hours to see the entire museum.

Thank RingoGilkey
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