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Oakland Museum of California

  • 1000 Oak St. Map It
  • Downtown
  • Fodor's Choice

Published 07/06/2016

Fodor's Review

This museum surveys the state's art, history, and natural wonders in three galleries of absorbing, interactive exhibits. Travel through myriad ecosystems, from the sand dunes of the Pacific to the volcanic Mt. Shasta, and discover over 2,000 species in the expansive Gallery of California Natural Sciences. Explore disparate integrated stories in the rambling Gallery of California History, which includes everything from Ohlone baskets to Gold Rush era artifacts. Of particular interest in the Gallery of California Art are photographs by Dorothea Lange and paintings by members of the Bay Area figurative school. Stop by the Blue Oak café for a snack or relax for a minute in the flower gardens, which are open to the public at no charge during hours of operation. On Friday evenings the museum gets lively, with live music, food trucks, and half-price admission.

Sight Information


1000 Oak St., at 10th St., Oakland, California, 94607, USA

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510-318–8400; 888-625–6873-toll-free


Sight Details:

  • $16, free 1st Sun. of month
  • Closed Mon. and Tues.

Published 07/06/2016


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