Bring out your inner party animal to celebrate the new Gallery of California Natural Sciences with a wild weekend of opening events! The weekend kicks off with previews for Donors and Members and a critter-and-creature-filled opening during Friday Nights @ OMCA, and culminates in Free First Sunday. With live music, animal costume contests, dancing, food trucks, all-ages face painting, cat videos, and family-friendly activities throughout all three levels of the Museum, there’s something for everyone.
Member Preview: Friday, May 31, Noon–7pm
Friday Nights @ OMCA: Friday, May 31, 5 pm–Midnight, with Gallery Opening & Celebrations at 7 pm
Regular Museum hours: Saturday, June 1, 11 am–5 pm, with we/customize Closing Events
The new Gallery
Discover nature in the Golden State as never before in OMCA’s all-new Gallery of California Natural Sciences! Explore Oakland, Yosemite, Mount Shasta, Sutter Buttes, Cordell Bank National Marine Sanctuary, the Tehachapis, and Coachella Valley for a sampling of the state’s world-class biodiversity. Offering a thoughtful and comprehensive representation of the interaction between humans and the natural world, the Gallery features immersive habitat installations, world-class dioramas, and emerging technologies. Hear the story of California’s natural world through the voices of local community members and scientists, and discover how you can make a difference.
Special thanks to the generous community of donors who made The Museum of California Campaign such an astounding success, including the Wayne and Gladys Valley Foundation, and special support for the Gallery of California Natural Sciences from the National Science Foundation, California State Parks Nature Education Facilities Program funded by Proposition 84, the S.D. Bechtel, Jr. Foundation, the Richard and Rhoda Goldman Fund, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, and the OMCA Natural Sciences Guild.
Gallery of California Natural Sciences Opening Events are made possible in part through the generous support of the S.D. Bechtel, Jr. Foundation.
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