Oakland Museum of California

About Oakland Museum of California

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

When the Oakland Museum of California (OMCA) first opened its doors more than forty years ago, it brought together three historically independent disciplines—art, history, and natural sciences—under one roof. This progressive multidisciplinary approach was to celebrate the many facets of California. Our collections—comprising more than 1.9 million objects including seminal art works, historical artifacts, ethnographic objects, natural specimens, and photographs—and our programs explore and reveal the factors that shape California character and identity, from its extraordinary natural landscapes, to successive waves of migration, to its unique culture of creativity and innovation.

OMCA has reopened its galleries after a transformation that touches almost every aspect of the 300,000 square-foot Museum and builds on the founders' original multidisciplinary and civic-minded intent by improving integration of OMCA's collections and programs, strengthening its role as a public forum, and creating new opportunities for visitor participation. The collections are animated by innovative interpretive tools and interactive features; and new gathering spaces and program areas engage visitors and encourage them to share their own perspectives, questions, and stories.

OMCA nurtures its deep ties to the community by offering many educational and outreach programs. We welcome schools, scholars, local audiences, and all visitors to participate in our events and activities and to discover their place in California's past, present, and future.


Public Engagement Intern

June 2019 - August 2019 Oakland, CA
“I love being able to give back to the museum in a way, I had been going to the museum for years after school to hang out and see the special exhibits. I loved being able to get a behind the scenes view about how the museum functions. I loved working on the special programs, I got to participate in curating several events and in the Friday nights, I even got to MC. I also loved the internship trainings that we did every week. ”

History Curatorial Intern

June 2019 - August 2019 Oakland, CA
“The best part of this internship was the autonomy I was offered. I felt like the projects I was doing mattered, and the work I did actually made its way into the galleries. The internship also came with plenty of perks, like a ticket to watch the Oakland A's baseball team, reciprocal admission at many other bay area cultural sites, and a discount in the food court and museum store. ”
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