Web Resources

Web Resources

From the Museum’s Online Collection, featuring images and descriptions of thousands of artifacts and artwork from the Museum’s collection, to Picture This, featuring curriculum built around the Museum’s extensive collection of photography from California history, find resources on the web for use in your next lesson or unit.



An online resource for teachers and students to learn about the experiences of diverse peoples of California by using primary source images from the Oakland Museum of California’s collections. Organized into eleven time periods spanning from before 1769 to the present, more than 300 photographs, drawings, posters, and prints tell stories from the perspectives of different ethnic groups. Historical contexts are provided to offer a framework of California’s role in relation to American history. Check out the recent addition of sixteen photographs from the Andrew J. Russell Collection on the building of the Transcontinental Railroad!


The Oakland Museum of California has an extensive collection of historical artifacts, works of art, ethnographic materials, and natural specimens that are not on view. Much of OMCA's collection can be browsed on the Online Collection website. The website is a portal into OMCA's collections and allows viewers access to a vast amount of materials not currently on view, in addition to written documentation about each object.