History Tours

Gallery of California History

Through the theme of Coming to California, explore the arrivals and departures of people throughout time, the impact and legacy of its diverse population, and the influence of California on our individual and collective identities.

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History Tours 2016–17

CALIFORNIA FAMILIES
Grades 2–3
Investigate the diverse ways people in California live, work, celebrate, raise their children, and learn from their elders.

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TRANSPORTATION IN CALIFORNIA
Grades 2–12
Trace the development of the Western Pacific Railroad, car culture, naval ports, and airways.

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GALLERY AT A GLANCE
Grades 4–12
Travel across the span of the Gallery of California History while exploring five displays that will introduce students to the breadth of California History.

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COMING TO CALIFORNIA
Grades 4–12
Explore the immigration and migration experiences of the many different people who have contributed to California.

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HISTORY OF EARLY CALIFORNIA
Grades 4–5
Experience and explore the story of early California from before the arrival of European explorers through the Gold Rush.

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CALIFORNIA INDIANS
Grades 4–5
Discover the artifacts, cultures, and traditions of California’s First Peoples.

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CALIFORNIA MISSIONS AND RANCHOS 
Grades 4–5
Explore the objects, images, and legacy of Spanish exploration and settlement of California.

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GOLD RUSH
Grades 4–5
Examine the artifacts, stories, and historical impact of the world’s quest for California’s glittering wealth. Note: This tour does not include the Gold Panning activity. For the full Gold Rush program, including a mural exploration and gold panning, visit Those Fabulous '49ers.

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TOUR INFORMATION

Days & Times
Wednesday, Thursday, & Friday, 9:45 am & 11 am
Gallery tour dates are limited during some periods of the year. Tours are 45 minutes long unless otherwise noted.
Fees
$4.50 per person
A ticket must be purchased for every student and chaperone. Oakland schools may use a code to receive 30% off. If you did not receive an email with discount information at the beginning of the school year, contact groups@museumca.org.
Note: Classes will be divided into small groups. Each tour will be slightly different. If your students have been assigned a worksheet, please wait until after your tour is finished to have them complete it. Please provide your students with writing surfaces and pencils. Pens are not allowed in the Galleries. 

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