Profile of the Oakland Museum of California (OMCA)

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The Oakland Museum of California. Image by Jason Lew, courtesy the museum.


The Oakland Museum of California (OMCA) California was established in 1969.

The museum's permanent collection consists of over 1.9 million objects pertaining to California and which include works of art, historical and cultural artifacts, and natural specimens.


Opened in 1969, the Oakland Museum of California (OMCA) is comprised of the Gallery of California Art, Gallery of California History, and Gallery of California Natural Sciences.

The modernist Museum, acclaimed for both its architecture and landscaped gardens, was designed by Pritzker prize–winning architect Kevin Roche.

An ongoing multi-million dollar renovation of the 300,000 square-foot Museum space is taking place in order to upgrade services, while maintaining the original vision of Roche. New technology has been added to provide interactive displays and program areas for visitors.


According to the Museum's website, the mission is:

"The mission of the Oakland Museum of California is to inspire all Californians to create a more vibrant future for themselves and their communities."


The Oakland Museum of California is located between downtown Oakland and Lake Merritt, one block from the Lake Merritt BART station.

Please refer to the museum's website for directions and further information.

Museum's Conservation Department:

The Oakland Museum of California has a Collections and Information Access Department, which oversees which works require the services of an art conservator, in order to preserve and restore the works in the collection.

To learn more about the field of art conservation, please see interviews with conservators.

Famed Artworks in Collection:

The Museum's art collection of over 70,000 works is grouped by theme: California Land, California People, and California Creativity, and includes all media: painting, sculpture, photography, drawing, new media, sketchbooks, and other types of documentary media.

Artworks by renowned artists such as Albert Bierstadt, Dorothea Lange, Richard Diebenkorn, Edward Weston, and David Ireland are in the collection.

The collection originated from the Oakland Art Gallery, (est. 1916) and is notable for its California landscape paintings of the mid to late 1800s, documenting the Gold Rush era. In addition, the personal archive of photographer Dorothea Lange is included and contains her negatives and prints dating from 1919 to 1965.

Other works include decorative arts of the Arts and Crafts period and Bay Area figuration by painters such as David Park, Elmer Bischoff, Richard Diebenkorn, Joan Brown, Manuel Neri, and Nathan Oliviera.

Noteworthy Facts:

Employment Information:

The Museum posts job listings on its website in the various departments such as administrative, curatorial, collections care, marketing, sales, and security. 

How to Apply for a Job:

Applicants can apply to positions in which they qualify by submitting their applications, cover letters and resumes via the Museum's online form.

Museum's Contact Info:

Oakland Museum of California (OMCA), 1000 Oak Street, Oakland, CA 94607.
Tel:  888-OAKMUSE (625-6873) .

Oakland Museum of California's website

Museum Hours:

  • Monday closed
  • Tuesday closed
  • Wednesday 11:00 am to 5:00 pm
  • Thursday 11:00 am to 5:00 pm
  • Friday 11:00 am to 9:00 pm
  • Saturday 10:00 am to 6:00 pm
  • Sunday 10:00 am to 6:00 pm
  • Closed holidays