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About US

We are OMCA.

OMCA inspires Californians to create a more vibrant future for themselves and their communities.

We explore the big ideas that shape California lives, then bring to life the untold and under-told stories of the people behind them—all with a distinctly Oakland point of view.

We are more than a museum. We’re a museum, garden, and gathering place. People of all ages and backgrounds come to OMCA, year-round and week after week, to be with the community and find connections through California art, history, and natural sciences.

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Highlights

Our Anti-Racism Journey

OMCA is on an ongoing journey to become a more equitable, anti-racist institution.

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History of OMCA

OMCA opened its doors in 1969 and has always been a place where visitors can discover their place in California’s past, present, and future.

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Leadership & Board of Trustees

OMCA leadership consists of the 6 member Senior Directors Council and a Board of Trustees.

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2020-2021 Impact Report

With your help, OMCA made a big impact last year. We’re proud of what we accomplished thanks to your support.

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White Elephant Sale

The Oakland Museum Women’s Board started the White Elephant Sale over sixty years ago. The annual event is not-to-be-missed.

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Awards

Winner of the 2022 National Medal for Museum and Library Service

The Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) awarded OMCA one of only six recipients of the 2022 National Medal for Museum and Library Service, the nation’s highest honor for museums and libraries making significant and exceptional contributions to their communities.

Winner of the 2019 Heart of Oakland Award

In 2019, OMCA was honored to receive the Oakland Chamber of Commerce’s Heart of Oakland award. Each year, the award is given to a local organization that exemplifies the city’s persistent spirit.

For the Field

Transforming the Gallery of California Natural Sciences

How Our Community Changed our Museum: Transforming the Gallery of California Natural Sciences Bringing a fresh perspective to the exploration …

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“This California Museum Gives the People What They Want” 

—The New York Times