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  • A flower on a Lemon Kush cannabis plant during an indoor grow.  Credit: Flickr user eggrole; Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic
    April 16–September 25, 2016

    What makes a plant become more than a plant? Join the budding conversation in the first-ever museum exhibition to focus on marijuana in California today. Explore the evolving attitudes, controversial issues, and public perceptions surrounding the world’s most provocative plant, and add your voice to the conversation!

  • January 31, 2015–January 15, 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

  • Unknown maker, Untitled (Clenched Fist), circa 1965. Wood, 3(d) x 5.5(h) in. Collection of the Oakland Museum of California, Museum Purchase.
    October 8, 2016–February 12, 2017

    In Fall of 2016, OMCA will present a major exhibition to coincide with the 50th anniversary the Black Panther Party’s founding on October 15, 1966, in Oakland. Presenting a contemporary view of the Black Panther Party’s legacy from multiple perspectives, the project will show how the Party continues to inspire culture, social activism, and community empowerment efforts locally, nationally, and internationally.

  • Dorothea Lange, Crossroads General Store, circa 1938. © The Dorothea Lange Collection, the Oakland Museum of California, City of Oakland. Gift of Paul S. Taylor.
    November 12, 2016–April 23, 2017

    Presenting approximately 100 photographs to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the artist’s gift of her personal archive to the Oakland Museum of California, this exhibition takes a unique approach to a beloved American photographer by examining how her artistry and advocacy swayed minds and prompted significant change in this nation’s history.

Past Exhibitions

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