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Oakland Museum of California

Closed Now: 10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Open today: 10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
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A rare Gem.

This place is a popular, pleasurable destination. Large hall displaying California history. All... read more

Reviewed yesterday
Menlo Park, California
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Always a surprise

Changing exhibits lend to new experiences, lovely way to spend an afternoon, in rainy weather... read more

Reviewed 5 days ago
Oakland, California
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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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1000 Oak St, Oakland, CA 94607-4820
+1 510-318-8400
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

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

Date of experience: February 2019
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Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

Changing exhibits lend to new experiences, lovely way to spend an afternoon, in rainy weather . Great for visiting with children, nice cafe for snacks , great store and Chinatown restaurants nearby.

Date of experience: February 2019
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Reviewed 5 days ago

It's really changed over the years with new exhibits and lots great displays. From art to science worth the trip.

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank 575sealion
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

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

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank Eric H
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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.

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank gaylem113
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The EAMES special exhibit was well-done and the California history was accurate in it's historic content and well documented. A real treat! It's also a great kids learning experience.

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank Ralph P
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

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

Date of experience: February 2018
Thank sleutelj
Reviewed January 11, 2019 via mobile

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

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank FindingMyWayHome2
Reviewed January 10, 2019

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

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank flowerlady64
Reviewed January 6, 2019

Went to see the Ray and Charles Eames exhibit and was just so pleased to have such a gem in our backyard. The staff is very pleasant, the setting inviting and the exhibit was also very inspirational.

Date of experience: January 2019
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November 9, 2017|
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Response from Gail R | Reviewed this property |
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
Sherri M
January 18, 2017|
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Response from Pat M | Reviewed this property |
The Lake Merritt BART station is only a couple blocks from the Oakland Museum. When you exit the BART station head towards the hills and you are walking in the right direction.
Barbara G
June 27, 2016|
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Never again.