Oakland Museum of California

Nominated for: BEST Museum

Oakland Museum of California 1000 10th St Oakland CA (510) 238-2200

Presenting the natural science, history and art of the Golden State. One of Oakland's top attractions, the Oakland Museum of California encompasses an inviting series of landscaped buildings displaying the state's art, history, and natural wonders. The museum is an excellent introduction to a tour of California, and its detailed exhibits can help fill the gaps on a brief visit. Step into the Natural Sciences Gallery to the sound of screeching gulls and travel through the state's myriad ecosystems, from the sand dunes of the Pacific to the coyotes and brush of the Nevada border. Kids love the lifelike wild-animal exhibits, especially the snarling wolverine, big-eyed harbor seal, and trove of hidden creatures. The Gallery of California Art holds an eclectic collection of modern works and early landscapes. Of particular interest are paintings by Richard Diebenkorn, Joan Brown, Elmer Bischoff, and David Park, all members of the Bay Area Figurative School, which flourished here after World War II. Fans of Dorothea Lange won't want to miss the gallery's comprehensive collection of her work. The museum also has a bookstore, a pleasant café, and a sculpture garden with a view of the Oakland and Berkeley hills in the distance.

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21 Tips from Voters

Kate M. on February 3, 2014

A little bit of something for everyone in the family...Friday night events with Off the Grid is icing on the cake!

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Barbara U. on March 2, 2013

Something for all age groups !

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Joanne S. on March 12, 2012

A jewell of Oakland!!

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Elmer M. on March 4, 2012

Fun and educational

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Pat M. on February 10, 2012

A great museum with a little bit of everything, and great revolving/special exhibits. It's worth going there just to hang out at the Koi pond. And they have a great café!

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Kathe W. on February 6, 2012

OMCA is a great museum. I have taken several student groups there. They have a lot of programs to help teachers teach their students about California's Art, history and natural sciences.

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coffeeislife on March 14, 2011

The shows are wide ranging and fabulously well done. The renovation is impressive. Something to offer to a very wide range of ages and interests. My kids and I love this place.

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Nancy B. on March 14, 2011

The did the best renovation of a museum that I've seen in years. (Yes! even better than the new science musuem!)

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jtreichle on March 3, 2011

The new interactive displays are great.

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June K. on March 2, 2011

the remodeling and featured activities makes this a fabulous place to go!

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