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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...more
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This place is a popular, pleasurable destination. Large hall displaying California history. All sections are well presented. Could spend 3 to 4 hours here, if you are a Western history buff. Needs more than one visit to see it all, including the special shows, and...More
We live on the other side of Lake Merritt, so this is an easy bike trip for us. And we do it often, not only because of the amazing display of California history, but because of the inspiring special displays. The most recent Eames design...More
Museum has spaces for relaxing with water pool and cafe. Special exhibit well curated. Permanent collection is eclectic and focused on California...Gift shop has usual tourist stuff and art artifacts and jewelry, interesting collection.
This museum is a lot of different types of exhibits and a really great Friday night program once a month where they serve booze and have music and a really fun vibe. every time I go here I'm allowed at the curation and novelty of...More
It’s actually several museums in one covering California history, fossils and art plus a nice garden. Allow plenty of time, there’s lots to see with many interactive exhibits for kids and adults, easy to spend several hours if not all day there. We liked that...More
This excellent museum has some really good displays on the history of California and Oakland but don't go on a wet Sunday like we did as we were visiting Oakland. The queue to get in was nearly out of the building! It was also the...More
They have free teacher days several times a year. They just had one a few weeks ago for the Dia de los Muertos exhibit and they mentioned they were planning two more this year (one winter, one spring). So get on their email... More
They have free teacher days several times a year. They just had one a few weeks ago for the Dia de los Muertos exhibit and they mentioned they were planning two more this year (one winter, one spring). So get on their email list. These nights are typically on Fridays after school. The museum provided snacks plus tokens for the food trucks and a drink, they have various presenters there, too. Most museums in the Bay Area have at least one free teacher day each year. Sometimes you can bring a guest, some not.
Also, people are incorrect that they do not have an educator discount - they do have a special educator rate for museum memberships (I just pulled out my card and checked). I can't remember how much I paid (maybe $55/year?).