Oakland Museum of California, Oakland

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Take a comprehensive tour of the Golden State at Oakland Museum of California. Through more than a million artifacts and three separate galleries, the museum tells the story of California's history, arts, and nature. At the historical gallery, browse artifacts depicting everything from the native communities, Spanish settlers, and Gold Rush, to the rise of Hollywood and the present day. The art gallery displays numerous works of famous Californian artists, while the natural science section celebrates the extensive diversity of the state's wildlife. The museum's many amenities include a cafe, bike and car parking, and free Wi-Fi access. The entire facility is adapted to accommodate visitors with special needs and parents with small children. Use our Oakland tour itinerary maker website to add Oakland Museum of California and other attractions to your Oakland vacation plans.
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  • The Oakland Museum is a beautiful museum in downtown Oakland. There are docent tours, or you can walk through, and read all of the information yourself. Years ago, when I moved to CA, I took classes t...  more »
  • Go on friday nights when they have the food trucks! It's a great museum and lots of great info about California  more »
  • Stunning, varied exhibits wonderful outdoor experience and great docents! The building is an architectural wonder, with rooftop gardens and diverse plants and flowers.  more »
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  • One of the best museums in the Bay Area. Great museum for the whole family. My children were very engaged with the Nature and Science section. It was raining, so we didn't get to check out all of the gardens, but looking forward to it on our next visit. Also great price for the experience. Every first Sunday of the month, it is complimentary entrance and that is the motivation to pay a visit. The history of California was the best journey to explore. It shows how much a hundred years' span can change so much. It was quite inspirational to walk throughout the collected history of California.
  • I always enjoy the Oakland Museum of California... The exhibits are fine but for me the real treasure is the multi-tiered gardens in back is full of nooks and hideaways to read have lunch or spy on people. Even in a busy day it’s an escape from he museum, the heat and the dust of the street. It connects right to the cafe, which always has a unique try on culinary favorites. Not everything works ( to my taste anyhow, and I’m pretty adventurous, ) but it’s never boring or bland. I never leave without a visit to the museum store - even if Ii don’t see the exhibit, I can still enjoy a few hours there without spending a cent.
  • The Oakland museum is a great venue. It's not just a museum but a great meeting place for lunch, music and food truck Friday. The gardens are very nice for quiet contemplation. The museum itself is always changing. Family friendly and informative. Many interactive things to do.
  • The history of California is covered in detail from the earliest days up through present time. A lot of extra attention is paid to the Spanish and Mexican eras, and is extremely interesting. The entire exhibit was well laid out and very professional. A definite must-see in Oakland.
  • Love it! Their well curated exhibits regularly change and are always worth a visit. The cafe has an amazing patio where one can bask in there sun, read a good book, and just enjoy life. Finally, the gardens are gorgeous, well laid out, and a great place to relax and enjoy a warm summer afternoon. Definitely family friendly.

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