Press Release

Monday, December 11, 2017 - 2:19pm
Oakland Museum of California Announces Events & Programs for January & February
Northern California’s Biggest and Best Rummage Sale, the White Elephant Preview Sale, Returns January 28, 2018 , Don’t Miss the Final Weeks to See Nature’s Gift: Humans, Friends & the Unknown,, Celebrate the Lunar New Year, Enjoy OMCA’s New Acoustic Space Concert Series, and More

(OAKLAND, CA) December 8, 2017— The Oakland Museum of California announces its events and special programs in January and February, including the much-anticipated 59th annual White Elephant Preview Sale on January 28, the biggest and best rummage sale in Northern California. Get ready to celebrate the 17th annual Lunar New Year and Other Asian Traditions festival on Sunday, February 25, featuring an array of performances, arts, crafts, food, and more for the entire family to enjoy. And, don’t miss the final three weeks of OMCA’s popular exhibition, Nature’s Gift: Humans, Friends & the Unknown, on view in OMCA’s Great Hall through January 21.


Experience the new OMCA Acoustic Space Concert Series on January 19 and February 16, featuring live music inside the galleries as a part of Friday Nights @ OMCA. For more details, visit museumca.org.

CALENDAR EDITOR PLEASE LIST:
FAMILY EVENTS; COMMUNITY EVENTS; ART EVENTS; FOOD EVENTS


Special Holiday Hours
Friday, January 5, 2018
11 am–9 pm

OMCA stays open extra days this holiday season, so you can take advantage of all that the Museum has to offer—including an after-dinner trip on Fridays with half-price admission starting at 5 pm, with free admission for 18 and under.

Get everyone out of the house to visit major special exhibition
Nature's Gift: Humans, Friends & the Unknown, Days of the Dead exhibition Metamorphosis & Migration, the newly opened Take Root: Oakland Grows Food, the powerful video installation Question Bridge: Black Males, and our three galleries of California art, history, and science. 

Take a Snack-Sized Tour with a Docent at 7:30 pm. Check at the Ticketing desk to discover this evening’s meeting place and surprise theme.


Please note that regular Friday Nights @ OMCA programming resumes on January 12, 2018.


Days of the Dead Tour
Saturday, January 6, 2018
12–1 pm

Enjoy a docent-led tour of OMCA’s Days of the Dead exhibition, Metamorphosis & Migration. Explore artworks inspired by the Monarch Butterfly’s migration, and contemplate themes of tradition and transformation. View rarely seen butterfly specimens from OMCA’s collection alongside newly commissioned artworks, traditional altars, and contributions by school groups. Included with Museum admission.

First Sundays @ OMCA
Sunday, January 7, 2018
Sunday, February 4, 2018

10 am–6 pm
Don’t miss the final weeks for the Days of the Dead exhibition, Metamorphosis & Migration (closing January 14) and the immersive exhibition Nature's Gift: Humans, Friends & the Unknown (closing January 21). Be sure to visit our newest exhibition, Take Root: Oakland Grows Food, the acclaimed video installation Question Bridge: Black Males, and experience all that our galleries of California art, history, and sciences have to offer. Check out the Architecture Tour at 1 pm, and the California Art Tour at 2 pm. Pick up a treat for yourself or a loved one in the OMCA Store. Enjoy a lunch or snack in Blue Oak café. Spend a day with us and find out why TripAdvisor reviewers call OMCA, “a hidden gem.” Suggested donation: $5 per person. Your contribution helps us provide access to other visitors in the community.

Presented in partnership with the Oakland Public Library, City of Oakland Parks and Recreation, and California Historical Society.


Tour | Architecture of the Museum
Sunday, January 7, 2018
Sunday, February 4, 2018
1­–2 pm
Experience OMCA’s remarkable mid-century modernist landmark building with the guidance of the Museum’s expert members of the Council on Architecture. This tour shares with you just a few of the highlights of the incredible building, from views of Lake Merritt and downtown Oakland from atop a three-tiered roof garden to the serene Koi Pond, and a truly Californian indoor/outdoor design that still delights and attracts visitors today. Designed in 1969 by Kevin Roche, with landscaping by Dan Kiley, the Museum recently completed a major renovation and expansion project overseen by San Francisco-based firm Mark Cavagnero Associates, which honors Roche and Kiley’s original vision of a vibrant urban park and public space. Free as a part of First Sundays @ OMCA. Meet in front of the Ticketing Desk on Level 2.


Friday Nights @ OMCA
Every Friday, 5–9 pm
January 12, 19, 26
February 2, 4, 9, 16, 23

We’re welcoming the New Year with the launch of our Winter Season of Friday Nights @ OMCA, bringing you even expanded DJ sets from the Bay Area’s finest and a new monthly Acoustic Space Concert Series inside the OMCA galleries. This series includes performances on January 19, February 16, and March 16, followed by live music outdoors every Friday starting on March 23 with the launch of our Summer Season.

Friday Nights @ OMCA is one of Oakland's favorite things to do and the only after-hours museum night paired with Off the Grid food trucks, bringing you the best of local cuisine along with music, dance, and the whole Museum open late. Enjoy half-price admission, hands-on activities for kids, and a lineup of live music and dance from local performers that changes weekly. Bring friends and family for a taste of local music, food, and culture at the Oakland Museum of California every Friday Night!
museumca.org/fridaynights.


Friday Nights @ OMCA - Acoustie Space Concert Series
January 19, 2018
5–9 pm

Tonight, ring in our new Acoustic Space Concert Series inside the OMCA galleries! At 7 pm, experience live music in the OMCA galleries as part of the Friday Nights @ OMCA Acoustic Space Concert Series. Tonight’s theme is New Year Resolutions and Sound Healing Meditation & Yoga.

Get cozy at OMCA with our Winter Season of Friday Nights @ OMCA, bringing you expanded DJ sets from the Bay Area’s finest and a new monthly Acoustic Space Concert Series inside the OMCA galleries on February 16 and March 16, followed by live music outdoors every Friday starting on March 23 with the launch of our Summer Season.


White Elephant Preview Sale
Sunday, January 28, 2018
10 am–4 pm
Serious shoppers take note: the biggest and best rummage sale in Northern California is returning for its 59th year. The Preview Sale, a one-day event, offers an early chance to take home great finds, including clothing, jewelry, books, tools, art, sports equipment, furniture, household items, and more.

Held in a 96,000-square-foot warehouse at 333 Lancaster Street, near the Oakland Estuary, the Preview Sale offers first dibs on shopping before the public sale on March 3 and 4. Organized and presented by the Oakland Museum Women’s Board, all sale proceeds benefit the Oakland Museum of California.

Advance Preview Sale tickets are available while supplies last at the OMCA Store or online at WhiteElephantSale.org. Preview Sale tickets are $15 in advance in-person at the OMCA Store, $15 online (with a $1 processing fee), or are available at the door for $20 on the day of the Sale.


Friday Nights @ OMCA – Acoustic Space Concert Series
Friday, February 16, 2018
5–9 pm

Tonight, don’t miss our Acoustic Space Concert Series inside the OMCA galleries! At 7 pm, experience live music in the OMCA galleries as part of the Friday Nights @ OMCA Acoustic Space Concert Series. Tonight’s theme is a Black History Month Talk and Blues Set.

Get cozy at OMCA with our Winter Season of Friday Nights @ OMCA, bringing you expanded DJ sets from the Bay Area’s finest and a new monthly Acoustic Space Concert Series inside the OMCA galleries on March 16, followed by live music outdoors every Friday starting on March 23 with the launch of our Summer Season.


17th Annual Lunar New Year Celebration and Other Asian Traditions: The Year of the Dog
Sunday, February 25, 2018
12–4:30 pm

Join OMCA for the 17th annual Lunar New Year celebration, a fortune-filled family-friendly event to welcome in the Year of the Dog. Enjoy live performances and an array of Asian traditions in arts, crafts, food, demonstrations, and so much more. Explore connections between the diverse Asian cultures represented in California, including Chinese, Tibetan, Korean, Vietnamese, Malaysian, Japanese, and other Asian cultures. All activities included with Museum admission.


ABOUT FRIDAY NIGHTS @ OMCA
The Oakland Museum of California (OMCA) presents Friday Nights @ OMCA, a regular evening series every Friday from 5 to 9 pm, in partnership with Off the Grid: Lake Merritt @ OMCA—the first major food truck market in the East Bay. Friday Nights @ OMCA features extended Museum hours, in-gallery programming, a beer garden from Blue Oak café, live music, dancing, hands-on family activities, and more. Gallery admission is half-off for adults, free for ages 18 and under. Event parking in the Museum garage is $7. Presented in partnership with Off the Grid: Lake Merritt @ OMCA. Friday Nights @ OMCA is made possible in part by generous support from the Koret Foundation, Bank of America, the Oakland Museum Women’s Board, and The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation. museumca.org/friday-nights-omca

ABOUT OMCA FAMILY
The Oakland Museum of California (OMCA) is committed to being a welcoming and lively place for multi-generational Bay Area families to visit, learn, and engage through OMCA Family, with art activities, storytelling, and hands-on, drop-in projects throughout the Museum. OMCA’s other family-friendly offerings include free Family Guides to the Galleries available at ticketing desks, free activity Books & Blankets available for check-out anytime the Museum is open, and three large annual festivals: Lunar New Year in February, the Summer Reading Celebration in August with the Oakland Public Library, and the Days of the Dead Celebration in October. OMCA Festivals are made possible in part by generous support from the Oakland Museum Women’s Board and the Koret Foundation. museumca.org/family

ABOUT THE OAKLAND MUSEUM OF CALIFORNIA
The Oakland Museum of California (OMCA) brings together collections of art, history and natural science under one roof to tell the extraordinary stories of California and its people. OMCA's groundbreaking exhibits tell the many stories that comprise California with many voices, often drawing on first-person accounts by people who have shaped California's cultural heritage. Visitors are invited to actively participate in the Museum as they learn about the natural, artistic and social forces that affect the state and investigate their own role in both its history and its future. With more than 1.9 million objects, OMCA is a leading cultural institution of the Bay Area and a resource for the research and understanding of California's dynamic cultural and environmental heritage.

VISITOR INFORMATION
Museum admission is $15.95 general; $10.95 seniors and students with valid ID, $6.95 youth ages 9 to 17, and free for children 8 and under and Members. There is a $4 charge in addition to general admission pricing for special exhibitions. OMCA offers onsite underground parking, with validation for Museum visitors, and is conveniently located one block from the Lake Merritt BART station, on the corner of 10th Street and Oak Street. The accessibility ramp is located at the new 1000 Oak Street main entrance. Regular hours are 11 am to 5 pm, Wednesday through Sunday, 11 am to 9 pm Fridays. museumca.org

 

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