The Oakland Museum of California, located at 1000 Oak St, in Oakland, CA 94607, is the number 1 spot to visit if you want to learn everything that there possibly is to learn about the great state of California. Filled to the brim with a stunning array of priceless and thought-provoking artifacts about California, the Oakland Museum of California should be a stop on anyone’s tour of Oakland. Let’s take a look at just why this museum is so important to the state of California.
California is a state that tends to have a huge fan base. Whether it’s the rich history, its influence on America’s popular culture, or the laid back and carefree culture of the state as a whole, it’s easy to say that a lot of people love California. The Oakland Museum of California has pretty much anything you could ask for.
Their main exhibits tend to rotate every so often, with a wide range of themes that reflect on a part of California’s history or culture. Current and planned events deal with Andrew J. Russell’s photography of the transcontinental railroad’s expansion and construction, an exhibit on the LGBTQ+ culture of California, and an exhibit on how Oakland has farmed food now and in its history.
In addition to the exhibits, they have a variety of galleries set up throughout the museum. The first gallery is the Gallery of California Art. The gallery has three themes being the land, people, and creativity of California. The gallery has an eclectic mix of cherished older art pieces and new works that leave you with a sense of wonder.
The Gallery of California History has exhibits that tell the rich and vibrant story of California and it’s rise to being one of the most influential states in the Union. Many of the exhibits tell the stories that tie California’s history to the issues of today. Current exhibitions include a set of artifacts dealing with the Civil Rights Movement of the ’70s, a “Creative Hollywood” exhibit that tells the story of how Hollywood came to be, and an exhibit on the Gold Rush Era.
The last gallery that they have as a permanent fixture is the Gallery of California Natural Sciences. This gallery focuses on 7 different locations throughout California that exemplify the diversity of natural landscapes and other geological and biological factors. The exhibits include a large number of diorama installations, habitat recreations, a nature studio, microscopes, and other science-related curiosities.
The Oakland Museum of California is open Wednesday through Thursday at 11 AM through 5 PM, Fridays 11 AM to 9 PM, and Saturday to Sunday 10 AM to 6 PM. They are closed on Monday and Tuesday, as well as on Independence Day, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day, and New Year’s Day. Admission for children 8 and under is free, 9 to 17 year old’s cost $7, adult fees are $16, and seniors and students get a discount down to $11. Parking at their parking garage is $3 per hour.
Getting to Silva & Associates from Oakland Museum of California, Oakland
via Webster Street Tube
- Head northwest on 10th St toward Oak St
- Drive from Webster Street Tube and Marina Village Pkwy to Alameda
- Turn left at the 2nd cross street onto Madison St
- Turn right at the 2nd cross street onto 8th St
- Use the 2nd from the left lane to turn left onto Webster St
- Slight right to stay on Webster St
- Continue onto Webster Street Tube
- Use the left lane to turn slightly left onto Constitution Way (signs for Marina Village Pkwy)
- Use the left 2 lanes to turn left onto Marina Village Pkwy
- Turn left
- Turn right
- Sharp left