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Oakland Museum of California

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With vibrant galleries, hands-on activities, education programs, and community events that celebrate and illuminate California—past, present, and even future—this museum is an exciting cultural hub near Oakland’s Lake Merritt. Established in 1969 as a “museum for the people,” OMCA brings together collections of art, history, and natural science, all wrapped with beautiful terraced gardens.

Time your visit for a Friday and your experience gets even better. Friday Nights @ OMCA are family-friendly outdoor parties, with live music, spontaneous dancing, gourmet food trucks, and local craft beer and wine at the Blue Oak beer garden. Get creative at drop-in art workshops and learn from locals in the Makers & Tasters Series. 

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