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Oakland Museum of California

Open Now: 11:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Open today: 11:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m.
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A museum for California - past and present

I love the Oakland Museum! It's special exhibits are interesting interactive and specifically... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
Oakland, California
At least 2-3 hours!!

Really well done Museum. Three different museums in one! California marine and animal/wildlife... read more

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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 3 days ago

I love the Oakland Museum! It's special exhibits are interesting interactive and specifically geared to be interesting to all ages and residents of California. It's collections are thorough and the docents are so knowledgeable about them that it really enhances your visit.

Date of experience: February 2019
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Really well done Museum. Three different museums in one! California marine and animal/wildlife, California history and art. Very nice and YES they have onsite parking!!!

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank jocelynd102
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Fascinating, artifact filled, history of California, from original peoples through to modern day. Really enjoyed the cleverly designed and comprehensive exhibits and we all learned a lot! Parking lot was full but there was ample street parking on a Sunday. Museum also has extensive natural...More

Date of experience: February 2019
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Truth be known, I am an Architect and I love this building. I went to Eames exhibit, it was terrific. I like their cafeteria, too.

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank boscoblake
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

While we attended the museum on Free Super Bowl Sunday for a special exhibit, the rest of the museum was very well done and really enjoyable. I only wish we had more time there.

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank Kerry S
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

It is a great place to learn about the history of California and its native artists. There was a special exhibition on "The World of Charles and Ray Eames" when I visited. It seemed that most of the visiting patrons were viewing this exhibition. But...More

Date of experience: February 2019
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago 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 February 12, 2019 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
Thank Hpadxb
Reviewed February 12, 2019

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 February 6, 2019 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
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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|
Response from McDave2 |
Never again.