Town Fare and the Garden will be closed all day on Saturday, September 23, 2023 due to a private event.
Town Fare will be closed on Wednesday, October 18 from 11 am to 5 pm.
Please note: As we enter the holiday season, Friday Nights at OMCA with Off the Grid (OTG) will begin its seasonal break after the final Friday Nights at OMCA event of 2023 on October 27. Oakland’s favorite weekly block party will resume in April 2024.
Town Fare Cafe Hours
The last dine-in orders must be placed 45 minutes before closing.
museum Holiday schedule
OMCA is CLOSED on the following public observances:
New Year’s Day (1/1/23)
Martin Luther King Jr. Day (1/16/23)
President’s Day (2/20/23)
Memorial Day (5/29/23)
Independence Day (7/4/23)
Labor Day (9/4/23)
Thanksgiving Day (11/23/23)
Christmas Day (12/25/23)
OMCA is OPEN on the following public observances:
Cesar Chavez Day (3/31/23)
Veterans Day (11/11/23)
Day After Thanksgiving (11/24/23)
New Year’s Eve (12/31/23)
Members Includes special exhibitions
General Admission galleries of CAlifornia Art, History, & Natural Sciences
Youth (13-17) Students, and Educators with valid ID
Child 12 & Under
Museums for all EBT CARD HOLDERS
Free admission for children is provided by The Bernard Osher Foundation.
First Sundays at OMCA
On every first Sunday of the month, enjoy general admission to OMCA with a suggested donation of $5. There is an additional $6 fee for access to special exhibitions. Learn more about First Sundays at OMCA.
Museums for All
OMCA offers individuals and families (up to four individuals) admission, including access to special exhibitions, to the Museum for $1 for guests who hold an Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT) card. No need to show your EBT card for admission — just say you’d like the “Museums for All” rate.
North American Reciprocal Museum Association
Present your current membership card, marked with the gold North American Reciprocal Museum (NARM) Program sticker, to enjoy admission for up to two people per membership at OMCA. (This benefit is for named cardholders only, cards listed as “guest of” not accepted.) Questions? Please contact our Membership office at 510-318-8520.
People with Disabilities
OMCA offers $9 dollar general admission for people with disabilities. Drivers and care assistants supporting visitors with disabilities will be given free access to the Museum. Anyone who self identifies as having a disability is eligible for this discount; no verification required.
Museums on Us
Museums on Us is a nationwide program through which Bank of America and Merrill Lynch cardholders get free admission to select museums on the first full weekend of every month (Saturday and Sunday). Simply present your active Bank of America® or Merrill Lynch® credit or debit card along with a photo ID to gain one free general admission to any participating institution. Cardholders only; guests are not eligible for free admission. Excludes special exhibitions, ticketed shows, and fundraising events.
Blue Star Museum
OMCA is a participating Blue Star Museum. Blue Star Museums offer free entrance for all active duty, National Guard, and Reserve military personnel and their families from Memorial Day through Labor Day each year.
OMCA offers $3 general admission for Alameda County Courthouse active jurors. Please present proof to show you are an active juror.
Groups of 10 or more people enjoy discounted admission to our galleries and special exhibitions. Please follow these guidelines to make group reservations.
All group reservations must be made at least two weeks in advance.
Groups must choose a time slot, and the Group Sales Coordinator will follow-up with a ticket invoice. The time slots available for groups visits are Wednesday—Sunday at 11:30 am, 12:30 pm, 1:30 pm, 2:30 pm, 3:30 pm, 4:30 pm, 5:30 pm, and 6:30 pm.
Each time slot has capacity for one group of 10–60 people. Groups of nine or fewer are not eligible for group discounts; see our admission pricing and discounts on our visit page. If you have a group larger than 60, please contact [email protected] for more options.
Scheduled group visits receive 20% off admission. There is a $15 reservation fee to hold your desired time slot. After you have made your reservation, our Group Sales Coordinator will contact you with an invoice to finalize your reservation.
Cancellations & Refunds
Reservations must be canceled at least two weeks in advance to receive a refund for all fees. Any adjustments made to reservations after the two-week deadline are subject to consideration and are not guaranteed.
Please see our education page for visit information, virtual programs, and teacher resources.
Chartering a Bus
Renting a bus can be a convenient way to travel to OMCA, especially for large school groups and organizations. San Francisco Charter Bus Company is a local charter bus rental company that services schools across Oakland and Alameda County. If chartering a bus from outside California, please visit National Charter Bus San Francisco or Champion Charter Bus San Francisco for a long-distance bus rental to OMCA. For other charter bus rentals in San Francisco and Downtown Oakland, please contact GOGO Charters San Francisco at 415-462-2870. No designated bus parking is available at the OMCA Garage. Please make prior arrangements with your provider.
Getting Here & Around
OMCA is located at 1000 Oak Street, at 10th Street, situated between downtown Oakland and Lake Merritt. Our main entrance is at 1000 Oak Street. We also have a new Lakeside entrance at 12th Street and Lake Merritt Boulevard.
The OMCA garage is located at 1000 Oak St. with entrances on Oak and 12th Streets. Parking fees are $5 per hour with an early-bird discounted flat rate of $20 (in before 10 am, out before 5 pm). Those parking before 8 am and leaving before 10 am will pay the regular incremental rate.
Garage hours: Saturday-Thursday 6 am-7 pm. Friday 6 am-10 pm.
Members receive a discount with validation. ADA and families-with-stroller parking is available on the top level of the garage.
Additional parking is available at the Alco Parking Garage located at 165 13th Street at Jackson Street. Hours are subject to availability.
OMCA is BARTable, conveniently located one block from the Lake Merritt BART station (between 8th and 9th streets at Oak Street). For a complete list of BART schedules, transfer information, and fares, visit bart.gov.
OMCA is accessible by a number of AC Transit bus lines. For more information, visit actransit.org.
Free, on-street bike parking is available outside the Oak Street entrance to the Museum. Limited free covered bike parking is available in the OMCA Garage during garage hours. OMCA assumes no responsibility for loss or damage to property left at bike parking.
There are now three accessibility ramps available for entrance to the Museum. A ramp is located at the main entrance of the Museum on Oak Street between 10th and 11th streets, as well as on the corner of our new entrance along 12th Street facing Lake Merritt. A new ramp along 10th and Fallon streets provides direct access to our cafe on the Mid Level of OMCA. Find out more about Accessibility at OMCA here.
Download the Museum map and start to plan your visit.
Whether you’re spending a day exploring our galleries and exhibitions, stopping in for a special program, or enjoying extended hours with us on Friday Nights at OMCA, welcome! We’ve created our Museum Guidelines to help you make the most of your visit. For our Garden Guidelines, visit our Garden Guidelines page. Have more questions about your visit? See our FAQs for more information.
In The Museum
Food and Beverages
Backpacks & Large Items
Town Fare Cafe
Delight in the inspired cuisine of Chef Michele McQueen at Town Fare by Michelle McQueen, the cafe located on OMCA’s Mid Level.
McQueen’s menu for Town Fare pays homage to her Southern family roots and Oakland upbringing, bringing together flavors from the diverse cultures within the local community. The menu is made up of shared plates, salads, sandwiches, and entrées, including vegan options, for on-site dining only. A smaller kids menu is also available.
The Town Fare Sundeck is now open.
You do not need a Museum ticket to access Town Fare. View Town Fare’s hours→
Special Weekly Offerings
Fish Fry Fridays: Atop the Sundeck, Town Fare is open for evening service during the Museum’s signature event, Friday Nights at OMCA from 5 to 9 pm, serving up delicious cocktails, fried catfish plates, and more.
Sunday Brunch: Every Sunday, brunch is offered from 11 am to 4 pm. On the last Sunday of the month, Town Fare hosts a Soul Sunday Buffet Brunch.
*Please note: Sunday Brunch is first come, first served; Town Fare does not offer reservations. There is often a long line for Sunday Brunch, so please plan accordingly.
We’ve got something for everyone in your family. Check out all the things to do, see, and touch at the Museum—inside and out! Our new OMCA Kids: Nature Playspace, specifically designed for children ages 2–5 and their caregivers is open inside our Gallery of California Natural Sciences.
Check out our kids’ activity guide for ideas on what to do during your visit.