California Art Tour
Saturdays & Sundays, 2 pm

Join an OMCA Docent for an exploration of the Gallery of California Art. Learn more about the themes within the Gallery, including California Land, California People, and California Creativity, and discuss the different media and periods represented. Tours may explore a theme specific to a particular topic, current event, or special exhibition, inspiring new perspectives on California’s evolving role in the arts. Tour meets inside the entrance to the Gallery of California Art.


California History Tour
Sundays, 3 pm

Join an OMCA Docent for an exploration of the Gallery of California History. Tours focus on various themes, including the Gallery’s overarching concept, “Coming to California,” which emphasizes the profound impact of the state’s successive waves of immigration. Tours explore Californians’ varied ethnicities, relationships with the environment, global connections, and dreams and aspirations from the native peoples through the present. Meet inside the entrance to the Gallery of California History.


OMCA Highlight Tour
Fridays & Saturdays, 1 pm

Join an OMCA Docent for an introduction to the Oakland Museum of California, its history, architecture, and collections. Visit the Museum Gardens and at least two of the three main galleries that explore the art, history, and natural world of California.  Tour meets at the Ticketing Desk on Level 2.

Architecture of the Museum Tour
First Sundays, 1 pm
Tours offered by members of OMCA's Council on Architecture on the first Sunday of every month at 1 pm. Meet at the Ticketing Desk on Level 2.

Special Tours
Throughout the month of August, 2014, the Council on Architecture will lead weekly tours on Sundays at 1 pm featuring the Museum's architecture and gardens. There's lots to talk about with the exciting enhancements to the building by Mark Cavagnero Associates. Join an OMCA architecture tour on these Sundays in August at 1 pm: Aug 3, Aug 24, and Aug 31.


Bike Tours
Third Sundays, 10 am
One of the best ways to explore Oakland’s patchwork of neighborhoods is by cycling through them with an experienced guide. From May through October, OMCA docents lead bike tours of this eclectic city; destinations include downtown Oakland, the port area, Lake Merritt, and Fruitvale. The free two-hour tours take place on the third Sunday of the month and depart from the Museum’s 10th Street entrance at 10 am. Bring your own bikes, helmets, and repair kits. For more information and to make a reservation, call 510-318-8470 or


School Tours

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Private Docent Tours

Private docent tours are available by request for groups of 10 or more. Please call the Emily Quist at 510-318-8425 for more information and to schedule your tour. There is an additional fee of $4 per person for a 45-minute tour. Tours generally require 2 to 3 weeks notice.