Self-Guided Visits 2019–2020

Explore California art, history, and natural sciences in the core galleries and special exhibitions with your students and chaperones. Self-guided school groups have access to all galleries and exhibitions. Exceptions apply. See limited dates for No Spectators: the Art of Burning Man and ¡El Moviemiento Vivo! Chicano Roots Of Days Of The Dead.

SELF-GUIDED VISIT INFORMATION

Days: Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday 

Times: 10:15am, 10:30am, 11:15am, 11:30am, and 11:45am. 

Please Note: 

  • Classes will be divided into small groups
  • Each tour will be slightly different
  • OMCA Docents aim to provide age-appropriate programming for each group
  • Please wait until after your tour is finished to have students complete any worksheets
  • Please provide your students with writing surfaces and pencils
  • Pens are not allowed in the galleries
  • Content may include sensitive material related to exhibit and special exhibition themes
  • Contact us at 510-318-8470 if you have questions

Pricing: Self-guided visits are $4.00 per student and chaperone. A ticket must be purchased for every student and chaperone. Oakland School District schools may use a code to receive 30% off.

If your students have been assigned a worksheet, please wait until after your tour is finished to have them complete it. Please provide your students with writing surfaces and pencils. Pens are not allowed in the galleries. Please note, content may include sensitive material related to tour themes. OMCA Docents aim to provide age-appropriate programming for each group. If you have questions or concerns, please contact us at 510-318-8470.

Jump to:
Gallery of California Art
Gallery of California History
Gallery of California Natural Sciences
No Spectators: the Art of Burning Man
¡El Moviemiento Vivo! Chicano Roots Of Days Of The Dead

 

Gallery of California Art
Follow the story of the Golden State’s creative evolution through the themes of California Land, California People, and California Creativity in the Gallery of California Art. View works from all disciplines—from paintings and sculpture to new media. Students discover their role in California’s lineage of creativity and expression as they make connections between the state’s best known artists and their own lives. Student guides for grades 3-5 are available in Teacher Resources.

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Gallery of California History
Uncover the many stories of Coming to California in the Gallery of California History. Explore the impact and legacy of our state’s diverse population and its enduring influence on our individual and collective identities through engaging artifacts, anecdotes, and interactives. Student guides for grades 4 - 11 are available in Teacher Resources.

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Gallery of California Natural Sciences
Get a fresh focus on California’s natural history in the Gallery of California Natural Sciences! Investigate seven places depicting the rich diversity of climate, geology, habitats, ecosystems, and wildlife in California, and learn about current research, contemporary issues of land use, environmental conflict, and conservation projects in our biologically-unique state. Student Guides for grades 3-4 are available in Teacher Resources.

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No Spectators: The Art of Burning Man
Marvel at the spectacular artwork from one of the most widely-celebrated cultural events in the world in No Spectators: The Art of Burning Man. Get inspired by the values of Burning Man and its guiding Ten Principles: Radical Inclusion, Gifting, Decommodification, Radical Self-reliance, Radical Self-expression, Communal Effort, Civic Responsibility, Leaving No Trace, Participation, and Immediacy. Discover works by Bay Area artists including jewelry, costumes, “mutant” vehicles, sculptures, photography, and paintings as you join in the celebration of Burning Man’s deep connections to California and the Bay Area.

Self-guided visit dates: October 12, 2019–February 16, 2019

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¡El Movimiento Vivo! Chicano Roots of Days of the Dead
Celebrate the 25th anniversary of OMCA’s beloved Días de los Muertos celebration with ¡El Movimiento Vivo! Chicano Roots of Days of the Dead. Learn about the lesser-known origins of Days of the Dead, and the ways these traditions continue to inspire social and political change today. Explore altars, artworks, and interactive elements that show how Chicano activists used Days of the Dead traditions to foster pride in their indigenous heritage and unify their communities.

Self-guided visit dates:  December 11, 2019–February 14, 2020.

Note: Pair your guided tour with a Days of the Dead performance on select dates. Prepare for your tour with online resources. Alternatively, you can schedule a self-guided tour for Days of the Dead between December 11, 2019 and February 14, 2020. 

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