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Oakland Museum of California Announces Events & Programs for November & December

(OAKLAND, CA) November 2, 2017—The Oakland Museum of California announces its events and special programs in November and December, including the kick off to the Winter Season of Friday Nights @ OMCA on November 3, the fourth annual Indian Market held November 3 & 4, and special docent-led tours of the new Days of the Dead exhibition, Metamorphosis & Migration.

Celebrate the Bay Area’s many diverse winter traditions, including Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, Christmas, Balinese, and Latin American winter festivities, during Winter Fest on December 15. Join OMCA for a yoga experience unlike any other with Showga on December 6, featuring live music and yoga inside special exhibition Nature’s Gift: Humans, Friends & the Unknown. For more details, visit


Friday Nights @ OMCA

Every Friday, 5–9 pm (please note special holiday hours below)

November 3, 10, 17, 24

December 1, 8, 15

It’s the kick off to our Winter Season of Friday Nights @ OMCA, one of Oakland’s favorite things to do and the only after-hours museum night paired with Off the Grid food trucks, bringing you the best of local cuisine along with music, dance, and the whole Museum open late. Enjoy half-price admission, hands-on activities for kids, and a lineup of live music and dance from local performers that changes weekly. Bring friends and family for a taste of local music, food, and culture at the Oakland Museum of California every Friday Night!

4th Annual Indian Market at Oakland Museum of California
Friday, November 3, 3–9 pm
Saturday, November 4, 10 am–4 pm

In celebration of Native American Heritage Month—and just in time for the holidays—shop the fourth annual Indian Market at OMCA featuring jewelry, baskets, prints, and other modern interpretations of Indian artistry. Find exquisite creations to share with your loved ones, and meet and support artisans from the California Indian community. Included with Museum admission. On Friday after 5 pm, enjoy the market and half-off Museum admission during 
Friday Nights @ OMCA, featuring Off the Grid food trucks, live music, family activities, and more. Presented in partnership with News from Native California.

Days of the Dead Tours
November 4 & 18
December 2 & 16
12–1 pm

Enjoy a docent-led tour of OMCA’s Days of the Dead exhibition, Metamorphosis & Migration, on select Saturdays at 12 pm. Explore artworks inspired by the Monarch Butterfly’s migration, and contemplate themes of tradition and transformation. View rarely seen butterfly specimens from OMCA’s collection alongside newly commissioned artworks, traditional altars, and contributions by school groups. Included with Museum admission.

First Sundays @ OMCA

November 5 & December 3

10 am–6 pm

Enjoy the best of fall at OMCA! Be sure to visit our Days of the Dead exhibition, Metamorphosis & Migration, the acclaimed video installation Question Bridge: Black Males, and the immersive exhibition Nature’s Gift: Humans, Friends & the Unknown.  Experience all that our Galleries of California Art, History, and Sciences have to offer. Check out the Architecture Tour at 1 pm, and the California Art Tour at 2 pm. Pick up a treat for yourself or a loved one in the OMCA Store. Enjoy a lunch or snack in Blue Oak café. Spend a day with us and find out why TripAdvisor reviewers call OMCA, “a hidden gem.” Suggested donation: $5 per person. Your contribution helps us provide access to other visitors in the community.

Presented in partnership with the Oakland Public Library, City of Oakland Parks and Recreation, and California Historical Society.

Tour | Architecture of the Museum

November 5 & December 3

1 pm

Experience OMCA’s remarkable mid-century modernist landmark building with the guidance of the Museum’s expert members of the Council on Architecture. This tour shares with you just a few of the highlights of the incredible building, from views of Lake Merritt and downtown Oakland from atop a three-tiered roof garden to the serene Koi Pond, and a truly Californian indoor/outdoor design that still delights and attracts visitors today. Designed in 1969 by Kevin Roche, with landscaping by Dan Kiley, the Museum recently completed a major renovation and expansion project overseen by San Francisco-based firm Mark Cavagnero Associates, which honors Roche and Kiley’s original vision of a vibrant urban park and public space. Free as a part of First Sundays @ OMCA. Meet in front of the Ticketing Desk on Level 2.

Museum Store Sunday
Sunday, November 26, 10 am–6 pm

Shop local, and support your Museum! In partnership with the Museum Store Association (MSA), the OMCA Store is participating in Museum Store Sunday, an international campaign and annual event. Give with meaning by shopping the OMCA Store for unique products and support OMCA in the process. The OMCA Store is full of treats and treasures for everyone on your gift list, specializing in California-themed gifts by local artisans, a book selection from art catalogs to cookbooks, exhibition-themed favorites, and more.

Showga x Nature’s Gift
Wednesday, December 6, 6­–9:30 pm

Celebrate the wonder of the human experience through art, music, and yoga. Join us for Showga, a festive and empowering exploration of the senses. This is a yoga experience unlike any other inside the popular exhibition Nature’s Gift: Humans, Friends & the Unknown at the Oakland Museum of California. This Showga special edition features live music by Sugar Candy Mountain and a larger-than- life sculpture by fine art collaborative FriendsWithYou as an illuminating backdrop. Post holding poses, stay late for the after-party—tickets include free drinks provided by Lagunitas Brewing Company, light bites from Aburaya Oakland, a scoop of OMCA’s exclusive ice cream flavor, Diebencorn, by Humphry Slocombe, and other fun surprises. Doors open at 6 pm. Class begins at 6:30 pm. Limited mats available for rental. Attendees must be 21 or older. Early bird tickets available for $39.95 through November 8. Regular tickets are $45.

Friday Nights @ OMCA: Winter Fest
Friday, December 15, 5–9 pm
Celebrate the diverse winter traditions reflected in the Bay Area, including Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, Christmas, Balinese, and Latin American winter festivities. Enjoy half-price admission, expanded offerings of winter-themed activities for kids, and a special lineup of live music and dance from local performers.

Watch a special Balinese dance & music performance by Gamelan Sekar Jaya Ensemble, and a special musical event created by Thingamajigs. Join Hanukkah-themed activities with the Jewish Community Federation and Endowment Fund, Storytime with the Oakland Public Library, and more as we explore the richness of end-of-the-year winter traditions while we wrap up the final Friday Nights @ OMCA for 2017.

Presented in partnership with the Jewish Community Federation and Endowment Fund, the Oakland Public Library, and the 20th Annual Music for People & Thingamajigs Festival.

OMCA Holiday Hours


Thursday, November 23, CLOSED

Saturday, December 23, 10 am–6 pm

Sunday, December 24, 10 am–3 pm

Monday, December 25, CLOSED

Tuesday, December 26, 11 am–5 pm (Blue Oak café is closed)

Wednesday, December 27, 11 am–5 pm

Thursday, December 28, 11 am–5 pm

Friday, December 29, 11 am–9 pm (Regular Friday Nights @ OMCA programming will resume in January 2018)

Saturday, December 30, 10 am–6 pm

Sunday, December 31, 10 am–3 pm

While everyone’s on vacation, enjoy the Museum for the holidays! OMCA stays open extra days this holiday season, so you can take advantage of all that the Museum has to offer. Visit major special exhibition Nature’s Gift: Humans, Friends & the Unknown, Question Bridge: Black Males, Metamorphosis & Migration: Days of the Dead, and the newly opened Take Root: Oakland Grows Food. Enjoy the view from the gardens and grab a bite at Blue Oak café.

The Oakland Museum of California (OMCA) presents Friday Nights @ OMCA, a regular evening series every Friday from 5 to 9 pm, in partnership with Off the Grid: Lake Merritt @ OMCA—the first major food truck market in the East Bay. Friday Nights @ OMCA features extended Museum hours, in-gallery programming, a beer garden from Blue Oak café, live music, dancing, hands-on family activities, and more. Gallery admission is half-off for adults, free for ages 18 and under. Event parking in the Museum garage is $7. Presented in partnership with Off the Grid: Lake Merritt @ OMCA. Friday Nights @ OMCA is made possible in part by generous support from Bank of America, the Oakland Museum Women’s Board, The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, and the Koret Foundation.

The Oakland Museum of California (OMCA) is committed to being a welcoming and lively place for multi-generational Bay Area families to visit, learn, and engage through OMCA Family, with art activities, storytelling, and hands-on, drop-in projects throughout the Museum. OMCA’s other family-friendly offerings include free Family Guides to the Galleries available at ticketing desks, free activity Books & Blankets available for check-out anytime the Museum is open, and three large annual festivals: Lunar New Year in February, the Summer Reading Celebration in August with the Oakland Public Library, and the Days of the Dead Celebration in October. Free admission for children provided by the Bernard Osher Foundation. The Lunar New Year Community Celebration is made possible in part by generous support from Macy’s and the Oakland Museum Women’s Board.

The Oakland Museum of California (OMCA) brings together collections of art, history and natural science under one roof to tell the extraordinary stories of California and its people. OMCA’s groundbreaking exhibits tell the many stories that comprise California with many voices, often drawing on first-person accounts by people who have shaped California’s cultural heritage. Visitors are invited to actively participate in the Museum as they learn about the natural, artistic and social forces that affect the state and investigate their own role in both its history and its future. With more than 1.9 million objects, OMCA is a leading cultural institution of the Bay Area and a resource for the research and understanding of California’s dynamic cultural and environmental heritage.

Museum admission is $15.95 general; $10.95 seniors and students with valid ID, $6.95 youth ages 9 to 17, and free for children 8 and under and Members. There is a $4 charge in addition to general admission pricing for special exhibitions. OMCA offers onsite underground parking, with validation for Museum visitors, and is conveniently located one block from the Lake Merritt BART station, on the corner of 10th Street and Oak Street. The accessibility ramp is located at the new 1000 Oak Street main entrance. Regular hours are 11 am to 5 pm, Wednesday through Sunday, 11 am to 9 pm Fridays.

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