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Oakland Museum of California (OMCA) Announces New Additions to California History Gallery

“California…To Be Continued” Features Stories of California from 1975 to the Present

When the Oakland Museum of California (OMCA) reopened in 2010, the new Gallery of California History featured the overarching theme Coming to California. The back of the gallery, however, remained intentionally unfinished. Focusing on people coming to California from 1975 to the present, this portion of the gallery titled California…To Be Continued required visitor feedback to come to fruition.

To start the planning for the project, OMCA asked three California historians to describe what they think has been most important about California’s history from 1975 to the present. Janet Fireman, Editor, California History magazine; Bill Ong Hing, Professor of Law and Asian American Studies, University of California, Davis; and Bill Deverell, Professor of History, University of Southern California, identified four main areas of focus: immigration, diversity, technology, and the environment.

On Friday, September 30, as part of OMCA’s extended hours O Zone event from 5 p.m. to midnight, the Museum unveils the new gallery space featuring dynamic additions informed by the three historians and co-curated by the public. Ongoing tours of the new gallery spaces as well as activities will be featured throughout the evening, all included with Museum admission.

The Oakland Museum of California (OMCA) brings together collections of art, history and natural science under one roof to tell the extraordinary stories of California and its people. OMCA’s groundbreaking exhibits tell the many stories that comprise California with many voices, often drawing on first-person accounts by people who have shaped California’s cultural heritage. Visitors are invited to actively participate in the Museum as they learn about the natural, artistic, and social forces that affect the state, and investigate their own role in both its history and its future. With more than 1.8 million objects, OMCA is a leading cultural institution of the Bay Area and a resource for the research and understanding of California’s dynamic cultural and environmental heritage.

The Oakland Museum of California (OMCA) is at 1000 Oak Street, at 10th Street, in Oakland. OMCA is situated between downtown Oakland and Lake Merritt. Museum admission is $12 general; $9 seniors and students with valid ID, $6 youth ages 9 to 17, and free for Members and children 8 and under. OMCA offers onsite underground parking and is conveniently located one block from the Lake Merritt BART station, on the corner of 10th Street and Oak Street. The accessibility ramp is located at the new 1000 Oak Street main entrance. For more information, visit

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