Event Rentals

Wow your guests with the beauty of our Museum, Garden, and gathering place in the heart of Oakland. Your rental fees help support the Museum’s exhibits and programs. Located next to Lake Merritt and one block from BART, OMCA is within easy distance of downtown Oakland and Jack London Square. Please contact the Event Sales Team for more information about availability and rates. We look forward to hosting your event soon.

Planning an Event?

Gatherings of more than 25 should be organized through OMCA’s Event Sales Department. For more information on the event rentals available at OMCA see our venues.

Gatherings of 25 or fewer are permitted in the Garden without a reservation as long as attendees follow existing visitor guidelines (see below).

Guidelines for Garden gatherings

  • Small gatherings may use the garden furniture on a first come first served basis. Garden furniture may not be rearranged.
  • Acoustic instruments are allowed in the garden when there are no other OMCA programs or events taking place. Amplified sound is not permitted.
  • Still photography for personal, noncommercial use is permitted. Only handheld cameras with attached standard flash equipment are allowed. No auxiliary flash, lighting equipment, tripods, monopods, or selfie sticks are permitted. Please see our full policy for details.
  • Distribution of fliers or promotional materials is not permitted.
  • Skateboarding, roller-skating, and bike riding are not permitted.
  • Non-service animals are not permitted.
  • Outside vending is not permitted.
  • Shoes and clothing are required.
  • Acoustic instruments are allowed in the garden when there are no other OMCA programs or events taking place. Amplified sound is not permitted. No outside furniture can be brought onsite and set up.
  • Please pack out your trash.
  • Commercial and wedding photography are only permitted by prior arrangement.
  • Only alcoholic beverages that have been purchased at OMCA’s cafe or a Museum approved bartender are permitted.
  • Littering and dumping are not permitted. Please use the trash, compost, and recycling bins provided to dispose of waste, including ice.
  • Fundraising, selling wares, food, or services, collecting donations or registration/entrance fees, or solicitation of any type of funds are not allowed at OMCA without prior approval and an event rental contract from the OMCA Event Sales Department.
  • Deliveries, such as but not limited to catered food and beverages, flowers, decor, or balloons without approval and an Event Sales Contract.
  • If you bring balloons, make sure to take them with you when you depart.
  • Only battery operated candles are permitted (no flames allowed).
  • No private event signage may be used unless part of a rental contract and approved by Event Sales.
  • No decor attached to any surfaces, windows or landscaping is permitted.
  • No staking in the grass.
  • No fires or BBQs.

Check the website the morning before arriving to make sure the Garden has not been closed to the public for any reason.