The 3 Best Local Art Venues in Oakland

The Oakland art scene is the city’s hidden secret. Organizations like Oakland Art Murmur and The Museum of Children’s Arts help continually produce innovative creativity for established and burgeoning artists. There are hundreds of programs during the year for visitors to take in, and many Oakland art galleries let you stop in to meet the artists. Whenever you come to Oakland, here are three art attractions you can’t pass up:

Oakland Museum of California

1000 Oak St

Oakland, CA 94607

(510) 318-8400

The Oakland Museum of California is a lively museum holding fantastic galleries of California art, as well as exhibits on natural sciences and history. With cheap admission, this is a great place to see California’s art and natural history. Friday nights at OMCA are half price, and kids under 18 are free—that makes this a great trip for families. Off the Grid food trucks stop by for great eats, and you can shake it up with dance lessons to live music.

Museum of Children’s Arts

1625 Clay Street

Oakland, CA 94612

(510) 465-8770

The MOCHA is a colorful place where families create, share, and connect through art. Their ARTventures are fun Saturday activities. Recent themes have been National Puzzle Day, Love Your Pet Day, and Alien Abduction Day. Their After Dark program features insights from master artists on how to produce unique and successful works of collaboration.

Oakland Art Murmur

In Venues All Across Oakland

The Oakland Art Mumur curates hundreds of exhibits throughout the year. They host exhibits in diverse venues—including The American Steel Studios, two industrial warehouses converted into creative studio spaces. They host many walking art tours, including Artwalk on 25th Street, happening every third Thursday. Their First Friday artwalk takes you through 40 galleries every first Friday. Oakland Art Murmur takes you deep into Oakland’s art galleries and puts you in-the-know on the latest artists developing innovative pieces.