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Press Room

Welcome to the Oakland Museum of California’s Press Room, a resource for media professionals. Here you will find general information about OMCA, its transformation and reopening, as well as news releases for current and upcoming exhibitions, programs, and events.

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Press Releases

Oakland Museum of California Gifted Native American Photographer Dugan Aguilar’s Personal Archive

Featuring More Than 20,000 Original Negatives, 600 Prints, Proof Sheets, Past Exhibition Flyers, Notes, and Other Personal Items From Aguilar’s …

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Events & Programs Oakland Museum of California Announces Public Programs and Events for December 2022

Special Oakland Roots “Rooted in Power” End of Season Celebration on December 3; Friday Nights at OMCA Programs include Performances …

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Events & Programs Oakland Museum of California Announces Public Programs and Events for November 2022

Three Weekly Friday Nights at OMCA Events Celebrate Diwali and Honor Indigenous Peoples’ Month, Including a Hands-On Rangoli-Making Activity, Live …

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The Garden at OMCA Events & Programs Oakland Museum Of California Announces Public Programs And Events For October 2022

Highly Anticipated Exhibition on Angela Davis Opens October 7; OMCA’s 28th Annual Día de los Muertos Community Celebration Will be …

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Events & Programs Oakland Museum of California Announces Public Programs and Events for September 2022

(Oakland, CA)  August 18, 2022 — A variety of lively and generative public programs and events will engage visitors at …

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OMCA in the news

A Dream No Longer Deferred

The Oakland Museum of California reopens to the public, following a $20 million renovation that aims to achieve its 1960s goal of being a center of access and refuge.

Wall Street Journal
Images of California’s History That Endure

OMCA’s new Dorothea Lange digital archive includes a selection of images from a huge trove of Ms. Lange’s work over decades. Her personal archive was gifted to the museum in 1965, the year she died.

The New York Times
Oakland Museum of California’s ‘Hella Feminist’ Exhibit Grieves, Celebrates, and Provokes

In a world where the meaning of “feminism” is increasingly being questioned by those on both the right and the left, thoughtful contemplative examinations of its history and future can be hard to find. But the Oakland Museum of California’s “Hella Feminist” exhibition does just that.

Ms. Magazine
Oakland Museum reopens, debuts refreshed garden project by Mark Cavagnero and Walter Hood

When the Oakland Museum reopens to the public Friday, June 18, after closing for 15 months during the pandemic, it will debut the latest phase in its multiyear refresh project — this time, work focused primarily on the gardens and outdoor spaces.

San Francisco Chronicle
Edith Heath, the rebel ceramist and ‘alchemist’ who redefined the modern home

A retrospective of the groundbreaking artist’s work celebrates her love of ceramic chemistry and material exploration

The Guardian

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IMage & Photo Policies

Photography Policy at OMCA

Visitors to the Oakland Museum of California are encouraged to capture and share still photography for personal, noncommercial use. Only handheld cameras with attached standard flash equipment are allowed. No auxiliary flash, lighting equipment, tripods, monopods, or selfie sticks are permitted.

Please be aware that some special exhibitions, galleries, and individual artworks may have restrictions on photography due to loan and copyright requirements. Any photography restrictions will be clearly marked. Please abide by all signage regarding photography. 

Please be respectful of other visitors while taking photographs. The Oakland Museum of California is not responsible for any uses that infringe upon third-party copyrights.

News Media Policy at OMCA

All organized photo and video shoots inside the Museum galleries and on the grounds require advance permission and an escort from the Communications Department. Members of the media that have the need for interviews or have equipment such as tripods, monopods, or lighting fit this category. Please call to schedule your visit to ensure a Communications staff member is available. Unscheduled photo shoots that cannot be staffed will need to be declined or rescheduled.

Members of the media that do not have a need for interviews or a photo shoot and are visiting OMCA to research a story or review are welcome to check in at ticketing upon arrival without advance permission, although advance contact with OMCA’s Communications Department is recommended so that we can support having the necessary press kit and materials for your visit.


High Resolution Images for Press/Media

Members of the news media interested in images for publication can access OMCA’s high resolution image library below. If the available images do not suit your specific story needs, please send an email photo request to [email protected]

Commercial Photography & Videography

Commercial photography is prohibited unless approved in advance. All photographers and videographers must receive written permission in advance. Please contact [email protected].

Photographs and film/video footage taken at OMCA may only be used for news reporting, feature stories, and editorial reviews—and only if proper credit is given as to the source (if applicable). Photographs and film/video footage cannot be sold, reproduced, transferred, distributed, or otherwise commercially exploited in any manner whatsoever.


Rights and Reproductions

To request image rights and digital files for publication and other commercial uses, contact OMCA’s Rights and Reproductions staff at [email protected]. Visit the link for more information about Rights and Reproductions services.

Image Galleries

Hella Feminist
Edith Heath: A Life in Clay
OMCA Kids: Nature Playspace
You Are Here: California Stories on the Map
Dorothea Lange: Photography as Activism
Black Power
Gallery of California Art
Gallery of California History
Gallery of California Natural Sciences
OMCA Garden & Outdoor Sculptures
OMCA Architecture
OMCA Campus
Friday Nights at OMCA with Off the Grid


For more information, to request press images, or to be added to OMCA’s press list, contact:

Ashleigh Richelle, Communications Specialist
[email protected]

Lindsay Wright, Associate Director of Communications
[email protected]

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