Fodor's Expert Review Oakland Museum of California
Designed by Kevin Roche, this museum is one of the country's quintessential examples of mid-century modern architecture and home to a capacious collection of nearly 2 million objects in three distinct galleries celebrating California's history, natural sciences, and art. Listen to native species and environmental soundscapes in the Library of Natural Sounds and engage in stories of the state's past and future, from Ohlone basket making to emerging technologies and current events. Not to be missed are the photographs from Dorothea Lange's personal archive and a worthy collection of Bay Area figurative painters, including David Park and Joan Brown. The museum is also home to Oakland's freshest culinary destination—star chef Tanya Holland's Town Fare café. Experience vegetable-centric California soul food raised to an art form. On Friday evening, the museum bustles with live music, food trucks, and after-hours gallery access.