Explore and learn more about California’s environment, history, art and people at The Oakland Museum of California free first Sundays.
The museum has permanent Art, History, and Natural Sciences Galleries along with special exhibits. Note that the Natural Sciences Gallery is currently under renovation and will reopen in 2012.
The Art Collection features over 70,000 works from the early 1800s to the present that are by California artists. The collection includes California landscape paintings from the 1850s to the 1880s; Gold Rush era artwork; furniture and decorative arts from the Arts and Crafts period; figurative painting and sculpture; California ceramics and jewelry.
The History Department’s collections are in photography; California native baskets and other material; Gold Rush era artifacts; and material that relates to California technology, agriculture, business and labor, domestic life, and significant events.
Tour the building with members of the Museum’s Council on Architecture at 1:00 pm; take docent-led tours of the Art Gallery at 2:00 pm and the History Gallery at 3:00 pm. May’s Free First Sundays (5/1/2011) offers docent-led tours of the special exhibition Splendors of Faith/Scars of Conquest or the Art Gallery at 2:00 pm.
Michael C. McMillen: Train of Thought spans the 40-year career of the internationally renowned Southern California-based mixed-media artist, the exhibition features large-scale multisensory installations, assemblages, sculptures, paintings, drawings, and films that invite viewers into a made-up world, a skill for which McMillen is best known. The exhibit runs through August 14, 2011.
Arrive early, admission is free; however, tickets are required (first come first served basis). Free First Sundays are open to all Bay Area visitors.
Parking: enter the Museum garage entrance on Oak Street between 10th and 12th streets. Parking fees are $2.50/hour for the public, $1/hour for Museum visitors with validation. Bring your ticket to the Ticketing booth on Level 2 for validation.
The Museum is located one block from the Lake Merritt BART station (between 8th and 9th streets at Oak Street).
Oakland Museum of California
1000 Oak Street, 94607
First Sunday of the month
11:00 am to 5:00 pm