As a VENUEHost your event…

A Bold, New Oakland Museum of California! OMCA‘s keeping it fresh with an ambitious campus renovation designed by Oakland-based landscape architect and MacArthur “genius” grant winner Walter Hood of Hood Design Studio, and the architecture firm Cavagnero & Associates. 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. 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. 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.  Five distinctive rental spaces are offered:

  • OMCA Garden
    • Capacity: 1,600 guests (Covid capacity – 800 guests)
    • 21,300 square feet
  • Town Fare Café
    • Capacity: 250 guests (Covid capacity – 150 guests)
    • 3,500 square feet
  • James Moore Theater
    • Capacity: 269 guests (Covid capacity – 135 people)
    • 4,200 square feet
  • Lillie Education Center
    • Capacity: 150 guests (Covid capacity – 75 guests)
    • 4,500 square feet
  • Peace Terrace
    • Capacity: 65 guests (Covid capacity – 30 guests)
    • 1,500 square feet

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As a SHOPDiscover unique gifts…

Discover a wide selection of locally-made items and books for all ages at the OMCA Store. 100% of your purchase helps OMCA share the stories that unite Oakland and California as a community. OMCA Members enjoy 10% off all purchases.

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As an EATERYFood for thought…

Town Fare: We’re thrilled to invite you to our new dining destination led by Executive Chef Tanya Holland. Town Fare is located inside OMCA with external access available on the 10th Street ramp. There are indoor and outdoor dining tables available for all to enjoy.

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Be a DONORShow that you care…


Join our community of members and enjoy free admission to the Oakland Museum of California year-round. Through your Membership, you support the Museum’s mission of inspiring all Californians to create a more vibrant future for themselves and their communities. In addition to free admission, OMCA Members can bring guests, enjoy discounts in the OMCA Store, preview exhibitions before they open to the public, and gain inside access to all the programs, events, and happenings at OMCA. Give the gift of Membership to someone special! Memberships at specified levels are offered: * Individual Senior * Dual Senior * Individual * Family * Supporter * Sponsor * Patron * Colleague * Curator * Director * Benefactor, and * Sustainer.


Community comes together at the Oakland Museum of California. Our goal is to be the heart of a thriving local community, sharing untold and under-told stories through engaging exhibitions, collaborative programming, and exciting storytelling. It’s important that OMCA visitors feel a sense of welcome and belonging, where their stories matter, and where all are connected to their place, to their history, and to each other.

  • Annual Fund: Help us center community in all we do. With your donation to the Annual Fund, OMCA can continue to create innovative and inclusive programming for learning, inspiration, and reflection. All contributions to the Oakland Museum of California’s Annual Fund are fully tax-deductible. OMCA is a 501(c)(3) non-profit and relies on individual contributions like yours to support our exhibitions, programs, and community events.
  • Legacy Giving: Leave your legacy and make a lasting impact on the Oakland Museum of California through your estate plans. Including the Museum in your plans is one way to provide stability and continuity to the institution you value today. Planned gifts include bequests in wills or living trusts, retirement plans and life insurance beneficiary designations, charitable trusts, and promised gifts of art or artifacts that OMCA has agreed to accept.
  • Give a Gift of Stock: The Oakland Museum of California gladly accepts gifts of stock.
  • Make a Tax-free IRA Gift: Donors aged 70 ½ or older can make tax-favored gifts from traditional and Roth IRA accounts.
  • Donate or Sell an Object to the Museum: Staff carefully considers all offers, and makes a decision based on several criteria. Not all donation or sale offers can be accepted.
  • Donate a Vehicle: We will gladly accept a car, truck, or other vehicle as a donation – pick-up is free! Donations can be made through Donate for Charity and Donate Car USA.
  • Donate to the White Elephant Sale: Your unwanted treasures become a valuable source of funds for the Museum’s programs when you donate them to our famous annual White Elephant Sale.
  • Matching Gifts: Double or triple your impact at the Oakland Museum of California! Many companies foster a culture of philanthropy and encourage employees to impact communities through matching-gift programs. In some cases, donations from retirees, spouses, and board members are also eligible to be matched.

Corporate Partnership: Support the Oakland Museum of California by partnering with us! We work with companies of all sizes across a host of sectors. Partnering with a respected multi-disciplinary Museum in the heart of downtown Oakland will allow your business to: Integrate our community with your brand; Increase customer loyalty; Attract, motivate, and retain staff; Increase brand awareness; Increase sales. All partners are rolled into our Corporate Membership program for continued engagement. A dedicated OMCA staff person manages the partnership, remaining in regular contact and delivering evaluative data. Click through the tabs above to explore ways we can work together!

  • Support School Programs: OMCA’s K-12 school programs prioritize access and inclusion for students in Title I schools. Much like OMCA’s exhibitions, program content is experiential and is designed to help our youngest visitors express themselves with confidence, develop empathy, and build their critical thinking skills so they can see themselves as change-makers in their communities.
  • Sponsor Public Programs: Public programs at OMCA center on social cohesion—or the notion that, when we believe our stories matter, when we feel we belong, and when we feel comfortable sharing our thoughts and hearing those of others, we build a stronger community and are more likely to want to work together to create a more vibrant future. OMCA creates family-friendly experiences through our annual community festivals, community partnership activities, and exhibition-related public programs.
  • Sponsor Exhibitions: OMCA exhibitions explore the big ideas that shape our lives here in California, shining a light on the untold and under-told stories of the people behind them – all with a distinctly Oakland point of view. Depending on the scale of the exhibition, your sponsorship support will be recognized in exhibition advertising which may include TV and radio spots, billboards, bus sides, BART/SFMTA ads, OMCA emails, social media promotions, website listings, and more.
  • Provide In-Kind Support: Want to contribute in a different way? Contact us and see if OMCA might benefit from a gift of your product and/or services. We love our in-kind supporters!

Volunteer: Becoming an OMCA volunteer is easy! Volunteering at OMCA gives you a chance to get more involved with the museum you love. We are always recruiting enthusiastic volunteers to assist with school groups, events, office work, and more. Volunteer Info Sessions are offered several times a year. During Info Sessions, we discuss the various types of volunteer opportunities available to you, as well as next steps for getting involved!

  • Ambassadors: OMCA Ambassadors help promote OMCA‘s mission by providing a friendly, welcoming face to all visitors. Through training sessions, events, and new friendships, they develop a rewarding personal relationship with the Museum.
  • Exhibit Guides: Experience the excitement of touring school groups with just a two to three month commitment. Meet new people with similar interests and become part of our museum family. Exhibit Guides are trained in a specific special exhibition or part of a gallery, including Days of the Dead, Gold Rush, or California Indians. Trainings are held periodically throughout the year depending on our need for guides.
  • Docents: Join OMCA‘s 250 Docents – volunteers in the Art, History, and Natural Sciences Galleries – who help visitors of all ages enjoy and appreciate California’s natural wonders and cultural riches. Experience the excitement that comes from a continuing education experience of field trips, lectures, and hands-on trainings. Make new friends with people who have similar interests, and become part of a great institution. Most of all, help to ignite a spark in a young person’s imagination and experience the excitement of inspiring visitors to make discoveries that bring new insights about life in our great state. Art, History, and Natural Sciences Docent training is offered on a rotating basis every few years.

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