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Oakland Museum of California

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Address: 1000 Oak St, Oakland, CA 94607-4820
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+1 510-318-8400
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10:00 - 18:00
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Wed - Thu 11:00 - 17:00
Fri 11:00 - 21:00
Sat - Sun 10:00 - 18:00
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The Oakland Museum of California provides unique collections, exhibitions...

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 responsive, accessible and meaningful to the public, including school children, teachers, scholars, the immediate Oakland community, and an increasingly diverse California population.

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Wonderful Museum with California focus

If you are interested in California history, art or natural sciences, this Museum is a must. There are three levels; the bottom level houses the Natural Sciences exhibits, the... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 days ago
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San Francisco, California
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10 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

If you are interested in California history, art or natural sciences, this Museum is a must. There are three levels; the bottom level houses the Natural Sciences exhibits, the middle level houses California history and the top level houses California art. You can visit just one level, or all three. There are lovely gardens to wonder in nice weather, and... More 

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San Jose de Maipo, Chile
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

This is by far the best museum I've visited. It has three different sections located in 3 floors. Art, history and science. My grand son and I visit this museum at least once a month. It is interactive, interesting for kids of all ages (and grandmas). Plenty to learn about bugs, snakes, a beautiful acquarium, history of California, the gold... More 

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New Paltz, New York
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

A relatively new and sizable museum with many rooms and levels for exhibitions. Currently, through February, there is a don't miss exhibit on the Black Panthers. Full of good information which will surprise many, without overload or propaganda,I had only a quick glance at permanent exhibitions, but they look impressive. One warning: there are lots of steps!

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Oakland, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Great California history and innovative exhibits - the Black Panther 50th Anniversary exhibit is awesome. The Friday night event is the best of what Oakland has to offer - amazing, chill crowd, great food, a full bar with artisan cocktails and great music. Check it out.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

It's a good place to spend your weekend with your kids. We have been visited for several times. Parking is easily and close to the museum.

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San Leandro, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Love their exhibits. We are grateful to have this museum in our area. It makes for an excellent day of exploring.

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Oakland, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

The Oakland museum is great. It has wonderful permanent exhibits on CA history, and always has fun, interesting, unique rotating exhibits. Highly recommended!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

This is an amazing museum with a whole floor dedicated to California history through art. The museum has a vast collection with new shows hung all the time. Very well worh an afternoon (there's a nice cafe too).

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Oakland Museum houses the permanent California History collection in the state. It's a great overview of the State, with current events included. A very interactive Museum..the exhibitions hit all the high marks re: current culture and history. The most recent, which ends early spring 2017 is on the history of the Black Panther Party. Relevant, poignant and revealing for those... More 

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Santa Rosa
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The tennis shoe exhibit was surprisingly interesting. The Black Panther exhibit was a good review of that era and the influence of that movement. There are so many comparisons to today. Of course, the permanent history exhibit covers so much of California history in an engaging way.

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