Special Exhibitions

Special Exhibition Tours and Programs

Oakland Museum of California’s special exhibitions offer unique school experiences for a limited time each year. This year’s special exhibitions include welcoming back the Days of the Dead cultural traditions, exploring personal identity through media and film, celebrating hyper-local food systems in the Gallery of Natural Sciences, and building powerful messages through hip-hop culture.

Check out what you need to know before you book, and visit the FAQ if you have more questions!

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METAMORPHOSIS & MIGRATION: DAYS OF THE DEAD TOURS
QUESTION BRIDGE SELF-GUIDED TOURS
TAKE ROOT POSTER-MAKING PROGRAM
RESPECT TOURS

 

METAMORPHOSIS & MIGRATION: DAYS OF THE DEAD TOURS
Grades K
–12
Celebrate California’s cultural roots as you take a tour of the diverse traditions, stories, and icons of Días de los Muertos. Discover how artists of many backgrounds connect to this holiday, sharing their own traditions of celebrating lost loved ones. Advance reservations are required for this 45-minute guided tour through Metamorphosis & Migration: Days of the Dead.

TOUR INFORMATION

Dates
October 18–December 8
Days & Times
Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday, 9:30 am, 10:30 am, 11:30 am, 12:30 am, and 1:30 pm
Fees
$4.50 per person. A ticket must be purchased for every student and chaperone. Oakland School District schools may use a code to receive 30% off.

During the exhibition tour, 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.

Note: Pair your guided tour with a Days of the Dead performance on select dates. Prepare for your tour with online resources. Alternatively, during the week of December 13–15 and January 3–14, you can schedule a self-guided tour for Days of the Dead.

 

QUESTION BRIDGE: BLACK MALES SELF-GUIDED TOURS
Grades 6–12
Question Bridge: Black Males is an innovative and widely exhibited video installation from artists Chris Johnson and Hank Willis Thomas in collaboration with Bayeté Ross Smith and Kamal Sinclair. The intimate videos are woven together and arranged to simulate face-to-face conversations between participants, and present a diverse group of 150 Black men across the United States. Encompassing themes of family, love, interracial relationships, community, education, and wisdom, Question Bridge: Black Males presents nuanced portraits of past, present, and future Black men in American society.

The Question Bridge exhibit area can comfortably hold 20 high school students at a time. Self-guided materials connect the exhibit with the broader art gallery. Self-guided materials can be found in Teacher Resources.

Dates
October 4–February 9
Days & Times
Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday, 10 am & 10:30 am
Fees
$4 per person. Oakland School District schools may use a code to receive 30% off.

 

New this year!
TAKE ROOT: HOW OAKLAND GROWS FOOD POSTER-MAKING PROGRAM
Grades 3–8
How and why do we grow food at home, in our neighborhoods, or urban farms? Dig into stories right here in Oakland in Take Root: How Oakland Grows Food. Learn about the social issues impacting access to healthy, fresh foods, and the diverse ways people respond to challenging conditions. Program includes:

  • A 45-minute tour of the special exhibition Take Root: How Oakland Grows Food incorporating connections to the Natural Sciences Gallery.
  • A 75-minute poster-making workshop, in which students use screen-printing techniques to creatively express themselves on issues of food justice.
Dates
January 24–March 16
Days & Times
Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday, 9:45–11:45 am (does not include lunch break), or 11:00 am–1:30 pm (includes a 30-minute lunch break)
Fees
$250 per class. Oakland School District schools may use a code to receive 30% off.

 

New this year!
RESPECT:HIP-HOP STYLE & WISDOM TOURS
Grades 3–12
Graffiti, b-boying and b-girling, MCing, wisdom. Explore hip-hop culture as a bridge across ethnicities, regions, and backgrounds. Discover first-person accounts that emphasize California’s contribution to global hip-hop culture during this interactive tour of RESPECT: Hip-Hop Style & Wisdom. Find your own voice as you learn to use the elements of hip-hop to deliver powerful messages to your community.

TOUR INFORMATION
Dates
April 4–June 1
Days & Times
Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday, 9:30 am, 10:30 am, and 11:30 am
Fees
$4.50 per person. A ticket must be purchased for every student and chaperone. Oakland School District schools may use a code to receive 30% off.
During the exhibition tour, 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.

Note: Prepare for your tour with online resources. Alternatively, during the run of the exhibition you may schedule a self-guided tour for RESPECT at 12:30 pm, 12:45 pm, and 1:00 pm.