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Oakland Museum of California

1000 Oak St, Oakland, CA 94607-4820
+1 510-318-8400
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One of the best museums

I LOVE the Oakland museum. It neatly encapsulates the history of the Oakland area from the view... read more

Reviewed yesterday
sazoram
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Rochester, NY
Yes yes yes...don’t miss this museum!

This is such a hidden gem... The history is so worth it. Reminded me of so much I had forgotten... read more

Reviewed 5 days ago
Summerasalifestyle
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Malibu, 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 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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  • Very good24%
  • Average2%
  • Poor0%
  • Terrible1%
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“natural history” (58 reviews)
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1000 Oak St, Oakland, CA 94607-4820
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Reviewed yesterday

I LOVE the Oakland museum. It neatly encapsulates the history of the Oakland area from the view point of it's first Native inhabitants up the the modern day. Down stairs is an equally impressive exhibition of the natural history of the area over time. Upstairs...More

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Reviewed 5 days ago

This is such a hidden gem... The history is so worth it. Reminded me of so much I had forgotten about California history— good, horrible, beautiful and ugly. The hip hop exhibition is so worth it. History and current trends of hip hop...social and political...More

Thank Summerasalifestyle
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Reviewed 5 days ago

This museum is a must for families with young children, history buffs, art aficionados, and people who feel they have seen it all. Exhibits include the history of the Black Panthers (on their 50th anniversary), hip hop, Dorothea Lange, and that is in the past...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

Visitors to the state who want to know more must see this place. The permanent collection is great, and the

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Reviewed 1 week ago

Strives to curate relevant, meaningful exhibitions that are not the topics usually covered by traditional museums. For example, they had a collection about “Sneakers” that was quite interesting as the connecting thread through sports. Their Cannabis exhibition was another winner. Currently, they have a Hip...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

A great off the beaten path find in Oakland, close to Lake Merritt and the BART station. Surprisingly eclectic mix of art, science, natural history, culture & media, plus a great outdoor gardens & koi ponds. On Friday nights, they close down the neighboring streets...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

It is a very informative museum with a wealth of California history. The building is somewhat outdated, though. But lots of interesting stuff.

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The Oakland Museum is a beautiful museum in downtown Oakland. There are docent tours, or you can walk through, and read all of the information yourself. Years ago, when I moved to CA, I took classes there to learn about California history. I have been...More

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Go on friday nights when they have the food trucks! It's a great museum and lots of great info about California

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Stunning, varied exhibits wonderful outdoor experience and great docents! The building is an architectural wonder, with rooftop gardens and diverse plants and flowers.

Thank nelson d
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nativesanfranciscans
10 November 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
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Sherri M
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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.
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