(Oakland, CA)—In celebration of the Golden State Warriors’ 2015 NBA Championship and 2015-16 record-breaking season with 73 wins, the Oakland Museum of California announces Warriors Pride, Oakland Pride, a dedicated 350-square-foot installation reflecting the community’s civic pride for Oakland and the team. Opening June 17 in the OMCA Gallery of California History, Warriors Pride, Oakland Pride will give Museum visitors and the community an exclusive opportunity to view special items provided by the Warriors Community Foundation, including a 2015 NBA Championship Ring, a jersey signed by the entire 2015 Championship team, a signed basketball by this year’s record-breaking 73-9 team, and sneakers worn by Warriors players Klay Thompson, Harrison Barnes, and Festus Ezeli. Interactive features will prompt visitors to reflect on and express why they are proud of Oakland and the Warriors. The exhibition will run through the fall.
“The Oakland Museum of California is pleased to celebrate Dub Nation with this experience. When the team awarded the City of Oakland a 2015 Championship Ring, Mayor Libby Schaaf was eager to share it with the public -- and what better place than OMCA,” says OMCA Director Lori Fogarty. “The Warriors exemplify everything that makes Oakland great -- fierce spirit, unwavering persistence, and commitment to community. We're grateful to the Warriors for teaming up with us on this show and we welcome everyone to get a taste of Warriors Pride, Oakland Pride and show Strength in Numbers at the Museum.”
Fans will be able to send a message to their favorite Warriors players through the Dialogue wall, an avenue to spark conversation with the team via social media. They can snap a selfie next to large-scale images of Warriors players and celebratory snapshots from the 2015 championship parade.
“OMCA is a gathering place for Oakland, and the Warriors are a pillar for our community. This installation is the perfect opportunity to explore the many different ways in which Oaklanders take pride in this city and legendary team. Warriors Pride, Oakland Pride will provide a venue for fans and visitors to embrace this momentous time for Oakland,” says Associate Curator, Contemporary History and Trends Suzanne Fischer.
“We are honored that the Oakland Museum of California is opening a new installation to recognize our Championship last season,” said Warriors President and Chief Operating Officer Rick Welts. “The support from the Oakland community and the entire Bay Area has been tremendous and we’re looking forward to the new Warriors Pride, Oakland Pride exhibit to open and highlight the memories from our championship last year.”
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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.
The Oakland Museum of California (OMCA) is at 1000 Oak Street, at 10th Street, in Oakland. Museum admission is $15.95 general; $10.95 seniors and students with valid ID, $6.95 youth ages 9 to 17, and free for Members and children 8 and under. OMCA offers onsite underground parking 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 1000 Oak Street main entrance to the Museum. museumca.org.