Oakland Museum of California

1000 Oak St.
Oakland, CA 94607- Map It
Phone: (510) 318-8400
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AAA Editor Notes

Oakland Museum of California (OMCA), 10th and Oak sts., brings art, history and natural science collections under one roof to tell the story of California's cultural heritage and the state's environmental successes and challenges. Many of the exhibits draw on first-person accounts by people who have helped shape the Golden State's legacy. Exhibits in the Gallery of California Natural Sciences focus on seven places throughout California that represent the state’s ecological diversity while exploring contemporary environmental issues and conservation-based solutions. The Gallery of California History preserves the past from pre-Spanish colonization to the present, with an emphasis on such events as earthquakes, the 1960s counterculture, the computer chip and the diverse groups of people who have collectively influenced the state's development. The Gallery of California Art features paintings, sculpture, photography, decorative arts and conceptual media works. Highlights include mid- and late 19th-century California landscape paintings, gold rush-era daguerreotypes, furniture and California ceramics. Guided tours are available. Picnicking is permitted. Food is available.
$15.95; $10.95 (ages 65+ and students with ID); $6.95 (ages 9-17); free (ages 0-8 and to all on the first Sun. of the month). Admission Fri. 5-9 $7.50; $5 (ages 65+ and college students with ID); free (ages 0-18). An additional fee may be charged for special exhibitions or programs. Parking: $1 per hour with validation; $7 flat rate Fri. 5-9.
Station: Lake Merritt
Hours: Wed.-Fri. 11-5 (also Fri. 5-9), Sat.-Sun. 10-6. Closed Jan. 1, July 4, Thanksgiving and Christmas. Allow 1 hour, 30 minutes minimum.