Oakland Museum

The Oakland Museum is a museum dedicated to the art, history, and natural science of California located in Oakland, California.

Opened in 1969, the museum's architecture, designed by Kevin Roche, is a three-tiered blend of galleries, terraces, patios, sculpture gardens, and ponds. The Museum's vast collections, together with special exhibitions and educational outreach programs, attract visitors from around the world. The museum cafe often has live jazz at lunchtime and offers patio dining overlooking the koi pond.

The Oakland Museum was closed from August 2009 to May 2010 for renovations costing $62 million designed by the San Francisco firm Mark Cavagnero Associates. As part of the closure, the museum reinstalled the art and history galleries and upgraded the common areas of the building site. Skidmore, Owings and Merrill designed the environmental graphics program for the renovation and re-branding of the Museum.


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  • Bobby Dias
    Bobby Dias commented
    Kevin Roche, in his own words, was what he said to me about the design of the museum: "I am a speck next to you". With that he walked away and moved on to bigger projects, leaving me to be the creator and his staff as the draftsmen/people to convey what I wanted to the construction company I hired, me because I had title to the trust account of the money I had raised for construction and future operational budget.
    about 5 years ago via OpenBuildings.com
  • updated a digital reference
    about 6 years ago via Annotator