United States

1000 Oak Street
Phone: 510/238-2200
Website: www.museumca.org

Oakland Museum Of Art

The Oakland Museum of California provides unique collections, exhibitions and educational opportunities designed to generate a broader and deeper understanding of and interest in California's environment, history, art and people. Museum programs are responsive, accessible and meaningful to the public, including school children, teachers, scholars, the immediate Oakland community, and an increasingly diverse California population.

 Permanent Collection Highlights (3)

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Permanent Collection

The OMCA Art Department has its origins in the Oakland Art Gallery, founded in 1916. The Department holds the most comprehensive California regional collection anywhere. Visitors to the museum will see the state's creative spirit manifest in a survey of art from the mid-1800s to the present. The Art Department collects and exhibits art in all media -- painting, sculpture, drawing, prints, photography, mixed media, installation, and craft. Our guidelines for collecting the art of California are that the artist was born, raised, studied in, moved to, or work in the state.

For more information on the collection, please refer to The Art of California: Selected Works from the Collection of the Oakland Museum, available in the Museum Store.

The earliest watercolors, prints and drawings are by artists employed to document early explorations to the West. The excitement of the Gold Rush and the opening of the West attracted large numbers of artists. Photographers using daguerreotypes recorded the people and the environment. Visitors will enjoy works such as

Charles Christian Nahl's portraits and anecdotal paintings, which helped create the image, both myth and reality, of the gold miner. Photographers Carleton Watkins and Eadweard Muybridge, and painters Thomas Hill, William Keith and Albert Bierstadt, among others, were inspired by California's spectacular scenery to portray nature as an unspoiled wilderness of epic scale.


For information on current exhibitions please visit, http://www.museumca.org/global/art/currexhibit.html

Previous Exhibitions

For the exhibition archive which contains information about passed exhibitions please visit, http://www.museumca.org/exhibit/archive.html

Forthcoming exhibitions

Details of upcoming exhibitions are listed here, http://www.museumca.org/exhibit/upcoming.html


$8 for adults
$5 for seniors (65 and over)
$5 for students (youth and adults, with valid ID) Children under the age of six are free

Opening hours

Wednesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m
Sunday, noon to 5 p.m.
Closed Mondays and Tuesdays
First Friday of each month open until 9 p.m.
The museum will close at 3 p.m.on November 21, Christmas Eve (Dec. 24), and New Year's Eve. (Dec. 31).
Museum closed on New Year's Day, 4th of July, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day.

Getting there

The Museum is located at 10th & Oak Streets. Enter the parking garage between 10th and 12th streets on Oak.

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Only schools and non-profit organizations qualify for the group rate. Groups must include at least 10 people and purchase all of the tickets at the same time.

Please note that proof of location is required. To verify status as a school or nonprofit groups, please bring letterhead from the organization.


As a member, you can enjoy a year's worth of engaging exhibitions, family programs, community celebrations, travel opportunities, lectures, and more. No other museum combines California's art history, and nature into one landmark facility, set in a beautiful urban garden.

Venue hire

The Oakland Museum of California is available to rent for private functions. We offer a stunning setting for your event while removing most restrictions found in other venues. In this way you will have the freedom to work with the vendors that you want and to create the perfect wedding, party, or fundraiser.