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Event Rentals

Host your event at OMCA

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.

Gatherings of more than 25 should be organized by submitting an inquiry below. Gatherings of 25 or fewer are permitted in the Garden without a reservation as long as attendees follow our Garden Guidelines.

View venue details and submit an inquiry below. Please contact the Event Sales Team for more information about availability and rates. We look forward to hosting your event soon.


Corporate & Non profit events

OMCA is a place where you can strengthen your sense of community and belonging together. Inspire your event guests with a personalized experience including networking, great food by local caterers, and the best gathering place in the heart of Oakland.

Corporate Partners receive discounts on event rentals as well as other tailored benefits. Learn more.

OMCA offers special discounts to nonprofits that qualify as tax exempt organizations. Documentation of 501(c)(3) certification from the Internal Revenue Service is required prior to contracting to qualify for the non-profit rates.  To learn more, please submit an inquiry and a member of our Event Sales team will be in touch.


Envision your big day at OMCA, a museum, a garden, and gathering place in the heart of Oakland. Designed to bring communities and families together, the OMCA Garden is the perfect setting for your wedding. Create an amazing guest experience with customized reception details that reflect your personality. 

Whether you’re looking for an elegant outdoor ceremony and reception or an intimate toast, the Oakland Museum of California offers an unparalleled atmosphere accented by native California landscaping, newly installed sculpture, and breathtaking views of Lake Merritt. Your guests will delight in an artful and memorable celebration as you begin your vibrant future together. Plus, every couple receives a free Museum membership as our wedding gift to you. Following the big day, you can continue to visit the place where your wedding story began!

Check out this OMCA wedding featured in The New York Times.


View details about each of our venues and download a museum map to help you plan.

“OMCA was the perfect venue for our wedding. Centrally located for our guests, but felt like a tucked away corner in the city all to ourselves. We loved being able to have our entire wedding outdoors and the OMCA team was a fantastic partner to work with.”

“We created the most beautiful event that we and all our guests will remember forever. Thank you, OMCA for making these wedding dreams of ours come true.”

“OMCA itself is a stunning backdrop for a wedding, and requires very little additional decoration to make it feel wedding ready.” 

All of our guests loved this venue. It is simply gorgeous and peaceful.”

inquiry form

Please submit this form if you are interested in renting the OMCA Garden, James Moore Theater or Town Fare Cafe for your wedding or other social event.

OMCA’s event calendar is currently booked through the end of 2023. If you’d like to inquire about an event rental in 2024, please fill out the inquiry form. We look forward to hosting your event soon!

Are you a community organization or artist with a programming proposal? Please email [email protected].

PHoto & video

OMCA is renowned as a mid-century modernist landmark building. With stunning views of Lake Merritt and downtown Oakland from atop a three-tiered roof garden plus a serene Koi Pond, it’s the perfect place for your commercial photo or video shoot. All commercial photography and videography must be approved in advance. Unapproved commercial shoots are prohibited. Written permission is required. Please email us as [email protected] to request permission.