Museum Guidelines

Whether you're spending a day exploring galleries and exhibits at the Museum or partying with us during Friday Nights @ OMCA, welcome! We've created our Museum Guidelines to help you make the most of your visit while keeping you and our collections and building safe, sound, and ready to welcome you back for your next visit. 

  • Food & Beverages: No food, bottled water, or other beverages are permitted in the galleries. Sealed food or drink in a bag or purse is permitted. If you have a medical need for water, please see the ticketing desk.
  • Infant Feeding: We allow breastfeeding and bottle-feeding in all spaces. Bottles should remain under the control of an adult in the gallery spaces.
  • Photography: OMCA encourages photography for personal (non-commercial) use, unless otherwise noted. No selfie-sticks, tripods, or mono-pods. For commercial inquiries and exceptions, please vist our Press + Media site.
  • Pen Policy: Only pencils are permitted in the galleries; no pens or other art materials. Pencils are available from the ticketing desk and gallery guides.
  • Lost & Found: Please see the ticketing desk regarding lost items. After hours, please call Security at 510-318-8560.
  • Children: Children should be accompanied at all times.
  • Backpacks & Large Items: Backpacks must be worn on the front, carried on your side like a briefcase, or checked in one of our free lockers. Other items should be checked in our free lockers. OMCA does not have the ability to store over-sized items, including skateboards.
  • Umbrellas: Umbrellas may not be carried in the galleries. Please check umbrellas in a locker or umbrella bin, or place them in your purse or bag.
  • Smoking: Our entire campus is smoke-free.
  • Barriers: Items in the galleries should not be touched unless they have a green 'Okay to touch' symbol. Barriers around art and objects are not to be crossed. Please maintain a distance of at least 18 inches.
  • Accessibility: Please review our accessibility tips. Segways being used for disabilities and motorized wheelchairs should be used on the slowest setting.
  • Service Animals: OMCA welcomes service animals. All service animals must be under owner's control. OMCA does not allow pets on campus.
  • Conduct: Please refrain from running, yelling, and disrupting other visitors. Additionally, we're all for a California lifestyle, but we do abide by the no-shirt, no-shoes, no-service rule.
  • Ejection: OMCA reserves the right to eject any visitor for not following the rules stated above. Additionally, any threats to the safety or well-being of visitors, the campus, the collection, or staff are grounds for ejection.