The Best Museums in Oakland

Oakland Museum of California

A great place to learn about California history. The 300,000 square foot museum offers a unique selection of changing exhibits of paintings, sculptures, videos, artifacts and more.

Oakland Museum of California
1000 Oak Street
Oakland, CA 94607


Website: https://museumca.org/

Oakland Aviation Museum

Learn about the history of aviation at this fun museum located in the building which used to be the Boeing School of Aeronautics. Founded in 1981, the impressive museum has indoor and outdoor exhibits, films and an impressive research library. Head to the museum on open cockpit days and you will get a chance to sit in the cockpit of some historical planes.

Oakland Aviation Museum
8252 Earhart Road
Oakland, CA 94621


Website: https://www.oaklandaviationmuseum.org/

African American Museum and Library at Oakland

Gain a wealth of knowledge about the cultural and historical experiences of African Americans in California. The massive reference library houses some rare historical documents that are on display for you to see. This is a unique archival resource for African American History.

African American Museum and Library at Oakland
659 14th Street
Oakland, Ca 94612


Website: https://oaklandlibrary.org/locations/african-american-museum-library-oakland

The Museum of Art and Digital Entertainment

If you like video games, technology and more, then The Museum of Art and Digital Technology will be a great place to visit. Known as “the only all-playable video game museum in the world,” you will get a chance to see first hand how video games are designed and created. With over 11,000 video games in their collection, there is plenty to see and do.

The Museum of Art and Digital Entertainment
3400 Broadway
Oakland, CA 94611


Website: https://themade.org/

Chabot Space & Science Center

If you enjoyed watching Elon Musk’s SpaceX launch and have an interest in Space exploration, the Chabot Space and Science Center is for you! See some exiting exhibits, visit the planetarium or even get a chance to look through some high powered telescopes.

Chabot Space & Science Center
10000 Skyline Blvd
Oakland, CA 94619


Website: https://chabotspace.org/