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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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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.
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
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.
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
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?).