Oakland Museum of California
1000 Oak St
Oakland, CA 94607-4820
Phone: (510) 238-7208
The Oakland Museum of California (OMCA) brings together collections of art, history, and natural science under one roof to tell the extraordinary stories of California and its people. We invite you to explore and discover the connections between our state’s environment, cultural history, and creative expression—and to lend your voice to this ever-changing story. The Gallery of California Art showcases more than 800 works from OMCA’s collection—one of the largest and most comprehensive holdings of California art and design, representing the region’s creative output and its relationship to, and influences on, the nation and the world, from the mid-1800s to the present. The Gallery of California Art is installed along three main themes: California Land, California People, and California Creativity. OMCA’s history collection reflects the state's diversity, representing California's history and cultures from the era before Europeans arrived to the 21st century. The overarching theme of the Gallery of California History is Coming to California. The more than 2,200 historical artifacts, works of art, ethnographic materials, and original photographs illuminate the influence of successive waves of migration—from the earliest Natives, to settlers during the Spanish and Mexican periods, to more recent immigrants—and their interactions with people who arrived before them. The Gallery of California Natural Sciences is under construction and will open in 2012. Designed by renowned architect Kevin Roche, the Museum is internationally recognized as an outstanding contribution to urban museum design.
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