Exhibitions

On View Now

  • Oakland artist Jet Martinez painted a mural of Monarch Butterflies at the Oakland Museum of California
    October 18, 2017–January 14, 2018

    This year, OMCA’s biennial Days of the Dead exhibition is inspired by the lifecycle of the Monarch Butterfly. Known for its mass migration each winter, this butterfly’s journey spans several generations, all of whom follow the same routes their ancestors took.

  • Museum visitors inside Nature's Gift: Humans, Friends & the Unknown by FriendsWithYou at the Oakland Museum of California
    October 7, 2017–January 21, 2018

    Discover an immersive exhibition that blurs the lines between imagination and reality. Experience the world premiere of Nature’s Gift by FriendsWithYou. This larger-than-life sculpture glows with a rainbow of color and promises plenty of dazzling surprises. Bring a friend—joy is best when shared. 

  • Portraits of African American men interviewed in video art installation Question Bridge
    September 29, 2017–February 25, 2018

    After a widely successful showing in 2012, Question Bridge: Black Males returns to the Oakland Museum of California this fall. Immerse yourself in intimate videos—woven together and arranged to simulate face-to-face conversations between participants—among a diverse group of 150 black men across the United States.

  • Closes October 22, 2017

    This exhibition takes a look at the wildly diverse and intricate world of one of the most important creatures to human agriculture and the natural environment, through family-friendly experiences, hands-on activities, and media.

Upcoming Exhibitions

  • Yellow squash from City Slicker Farms in West Oakland.
    December 16, 2017–January 13, 2019

    Discover how Oakland grows food in this special exhibition on view in OMCA's Gallery of California Natural Sciences.

  • Boombox on street in front of graffiti
    March 24–August 12, 2018

    RESPECT: Hip-Hop Style & Wisdom tells the unexpected story of how hip-hop changed the world, starting from its roots on the streets, before rap, DJing, street art, breakdancing, and street fashion launched into mainstream popular culture.

  • J.B. Blunk's The Planet carved redwood sculpture at Oakland Museum of California.
    April 21–September 9, 2018

    Experience northern California’s best kept secret in design and craft: J.B. Blunk (1926–2002), a mid-century artist whose connection to nature governed his daily life. 

Past Exhibitions

View OMCA's past exhibitions