Oakland Museum of California

1000 Oak Street
510-318-8400

Our Mission

"The mission of the Oakland Museum of California is to connect communities to the cultural and environmental heritage of California. Through collections, exhibitions, education programs, and public dialogue, we inspire people of all ages and backgrounds to think creatively and critically about the natural, artistic and social forces that characterize our state and influence its relationship to the world."

History

When the Oakland Museum of California (OMCA) first opened its doors more than forty years ago, it brought together three historically independent disciplines art, history, and natural sciences under one roof. This progressive multidisciplinary approach was to celebrate the many facets of California. Our collections comprising more than 1.8 million objects including seminal art works, historical artifacts, ethnographic objects, natural specimens, and photographs and our programs explore and reveal the factors that shape California character and identity, from its extraordinary natural landscapes, to successive waves of migration, to its unique culture of creativity and innovation.

OMCA has reopened its galleries after a transformation that touches almost every aspect of the 300,000 square-foot Museum and builds on the founders' original multidisciplinary and civic-minded intent by improving integration of OMCA's collections and programs, strengthening its role as a public forum, and creating new opportunities for visitor participation. The collections are animated by innovative interpretive tools and interactive features; and new gathering spaces and program areas engage visitors and encourage them to share their own perspectives, questions, and stories.

OMCA nurtures its deep ties to the community by offering many educational and outreach programs. We welcome schools, scholars, local audiences, and all visitors to participate in our events and activities and to discover their place in California's past, present, and future.


Reviews

Shannon Hunter

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Sunday, Dec. 10, 2017

WOW!! This is now one of my favorite museums. It's huge, has an art, a science, and a history exhibit, and it is beautifully curated - everything flows so seamlessly, especially in the history and science exhibits. I really enjoyed the guest exhibits too - very unique. The best part is that all of the exhibits are about California and how amazing (and sometimes historically awful) this state is! You're also close to the awesome restaurants in downtown Oakland and beautiful Lake Merrit!

Tasneem Nomanbhai

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Saturday, Nov. 11, 2017

I really enjoy going to this museum. On Fridays Nights after 5pm, you can get in for $5. Food trucks will line up outside so you can enjoy the museum and dinner. Th museum has multiple levels and tends to give you a nice history of the Bay Area and California in general. On one of the levels, there are a lot of artifacts and engaging activities that tell the history of California from Gold Rush Era to the Silicon Valley Technology. This Museum has a bit of everything to keep everyone engaged.

Kyle Wolfe

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Friday, Nov. 3, 2017

Great place to take kids on the weekend with plenty of fun exhibits in rotation and lots of educational opportunities. If you aren't looking to browse the exhibits, this is an excellent place to visit to relax and study at. This year Laney College students get free admission, so I've been coming here every Thursday on my lunch break to work on assignments and rest.

Emma Stone

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Sunday, Oct. 22, 2017

A great local resource for kids and adults alike! Definitely worth a trip whether you're living locally or just visiting. Plenty of hands-on exhibits as well as a sculpture garden, multiple galleries, and a variety of interesting temporary exhibits.

Serina Gee

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Thursday, Sep. 28, 2017

I love OMCA Friday nights! The exhibits are interesting and have depth, unlike many other museums that seem to oversimplify things/are geared more towards kids. We came here twice because we couldn't finish the first time we visited, but by then they had already updated the museum with new exhibits! Draws a very diverse crowd, with lots of food and entertainment if you tire of browsing inside the museum. $5 with a student ID and perfect for a date night.