Enjoy dynamic, fun-filled experiences for the whole family, and learn about California’s spirited multiculturalism at the Oakland Museum of California (OMCA), through vibrant galleries, hands-on activities, education programs and community events. Established in 1969 as a “museum for the people,” OMCA brings together collections of art, history and natural science under one roof to tell the extraordinary stories of California and its people. With more than 1.8 million objects, OMCA is a leading Bay Area cultural institution and a resource for the research and understanding of California's dynamic cultural and environmental heritage.
After a transformation that touched almost every aspect of the 300,000 square-foot Museum, the Gallery of California Natural Sciences re-opens in Spring 2013, joining the recently renovated Galleries of California Art and California History. Experience the interactive features and innovative interpretive tools that animate OMCA’s collections, and share your own perspectives in new gathering spaces and program areas. Discover the connections between the state’s environment, cultural history, and creative expression—and lend your voice to this ever-changing story.
Visit the new Gallery of California Art, and view more than 800 works from OMCA's collection—one of the largest and most comprehensive holdings of California art in the world. The Gallery of California History’s theme, Coming to California, evokes the arrivals and departures of people throughout human history and their interactions with those already here, and also the influence of California on our individual and collective identities. In the new Gallery of California Natural Sciences, explore the state’s extreme biological and geological diversity, which harbors the nation's highest species' richness, as well as some of the most imperiled habitats on the planet. Year-round special exhibitions connect art, history and natural science through in-depth presentations on a range of topics.
Situated between serene Lake Merritt and busy downtown Oakland, the Museum is one of the most significant architectural examples of mid-century modernism in the United States.
OMCA is a destination for locals and tourists alike, families, urban enthusiasts, and the culturally curious. With three levels of galleries, a terraced roof garden and central courtyard, the Blue Oak café featuring seasonal and local ingredients, and the OMCA Store showcasing a wide selection of books and locally made items, you can easily spend hours enjoying all that OMCA has to offer.
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