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Oakland Museum of California

Delve into Californian history at this interdisciplinary museum, which features enthralling exhibits of landscape paintings, cultural artifacts and natural science under one roof.

Discover the artisanal, cultural and natural legacy of America’s golden state at the Oakland Museum of California. Founded in 1969, this modernist building houses a collection of over 1.9 million paintings, artifacts and specimens that preserve the region’s extraordinary history.

Journey through California’s art and crafting heritage in the Art Collection, which includes 70,000 pieces from the early 1800s to the present day. Sit on comfortable chairs and inspect the intricate detailing of 19th-century landscape paintings. Delve into the personal archives of Dorothea Lange, whose depression-era photographs depict struggles in Californian life.

Admire gorgeous furniture and decorative objects by Arthur and Lucia Mathews, two prominent figures of the early 20th-century American Arts and Crafts movement. Nearby, see complex jewelry and ceramics made by the famed artisan Margaret De Patta.

Venture into the Gallery of California History, whose overarching theme, “Coming to California,” aims to examine the impacts felt by waves of immigrants in the region. Learn about the first people to live here as you browse collections of Native American baskets.

Discover the impacts of Spanish religion and agriculture on the area and peruse displays of Gold Rush era tools. Engage with interactive exhibits in the Creative Hollywood and Forces of Change exhibits to experience California’s prolific film history and learn about the conflicting surfer, hippie and conservative movements that shaped the state as it is today.

Find out about the diverse ecosystems of the natural landscapes surrounding Gallery of California Natural Sciences. See preserved bird, insect and reptile specimens from the rivers of Mount Shasta, the forests of Yosemite and the dunes of Coachella Valley. Many of these landscapes are captured in beautiful photographs in the Bob Walker Collection.

After your tour, relax at the Blue Oak café with a gourmet meal and walk around the Museum Gardens’ koi pond.

Use public buses or trains to get to the Oakland Museum of California, located between downtown and Lake Merritt. Alternatively, pay to park in a nearby garage. The museum is open daily except Mondays and Tuesdays and charges admission.


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Oakland Marriott City Center ¥14,731
Oakland Marriott City Center

Oakland Marriott City Center

1001 Broadway, Oakland, CA
     
    4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

    Located in Chinatown, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Oakland Convention Center and Oakland City Center. Jack London Square and Fox Theater are also within 15 minutes. 12th St - Oakland City Center Station is only a 4-minute walk and 19th St Station is 10 minutes.

    Civic Center Lodge ¥8,237
    Civic Center Lodge

    Civic Center Lodge

    50 6th Street, Oakland, CA
       
      2.0 out of 5.0 Stars

      Located in Chinatown, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Oakland Museum of California and Oakland Convention Center. Jack London Square and Oakland City Center are also within 1 mi (2 km). Lake Merritt Station is only a 4-minute walk and Oakland-Jack London Square Station is 9 minutes.

      Americas Best Value Inn Oakland Lake Merritt ¥8,302
      Americas Best Value Inn Oakland Lake Merritt

      Americas Best Value Inn Oakland Lake Merritt

      122 East 12th Street, Oakland, CA
         
        2.0 out of 5.0 Stars

        Located in Lake Merritt, this motel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Oakland Museum of California, Oakland Convention Center, and Oakland City Center. Jack London Square and Fox Theater are also within 2 mi (3 km). Lake Merritt Station is 10 minutes by foot and 12th St - Oakland City Center Station is 19 minutes.

        Hampton Inn Oakland Downtown-City Center ¥12,975
        Hampton Inn Oakland Downtown-City Center

        Hampton Inn Oakland Downtown-City Center

        378 11th Street, Oakland, CA
           
          2.5 out of 5.0 Stars

          Located in Chinatown, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Oakland Convention Center and Oakland City Center. Jack London Square and Fox Theater are also within 15 minutes. 12th St - Oakland City Center Station is 5 minutes by foot and Lake Merritt Station is 10 minutes.

          Waterfront Hotel, a Joie de Vivre Boutique Hotel ¥12,750
          Waterfront Hotel, a Joie de Vivre Boutique Hotel

          Waterfront Hotel, a Joie de Vivre Boutique Hotel

          10 Washington Street, Oakland, CA
             
            3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

            Located in Jack London District, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Jack London Square and Oakland Convention Center. Oakland City Center and Fox Theater are also within 1 mi (2 km). Oakland-Jack London Square Station is 10 minutes by foot and 12th St - Oakland City Center Station is 16 minutes.

            Ramada by Wyndham Oakland Downtown City Center ¥9,241
            Ramada by Wyndham Oakland Downtown City Center

            Ramada by Wyndham Oakland Downtown City Center

            371 13th St, Oakland, CA
               
              2.5 out of 5.0 Stars

              Located in Downtown Oakland, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Oakland Convention Center and Oakland City Center. Fox Theater and Paramount Theatre are also within 15 minutes. 12th St - Oakland City Center Station is only a 3-minute walk and 19th St Station is 9 minutes.

              Courtyard by Marriott Oakland Downtown ¥12,054
              Courtyard by Marriott Oakland Downtown

              Courtyard by Marriott Oakland Downtown

              988 Broadway, Oakland, CA
                 
                3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                Located in Chinatown, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Oakland Convention Center and University of California Board of Regents. Fox Theater and Oakland Museum of California are also within 15 minutes. 12th St - Oakland City Center Station is only a 5-minute walk and Lake Merritt Station is 10 minutes.

                Jack London Inn ¥8,103
                Jack London Inn

                Jack London Inn

                444 Embarcadero W, Oakland, CA
                   
                  2.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Located in Downtown Oakland, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Jack London Square, Oakland Convention Center, and Oakland City Center. Fox Theater and Paramount Theatre are also within 1 mi (2 km). Oakland-Jack London Square Station is 6 minutes by foot and 12th St - Oakland City Center Station is 14 minutes.