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Oakland, California’s fascinating Museum of California

Lori Fogarty, CEO of Oakland Museum of California.

The 300,000 square-foot Oakland Museum of California (OMCA) celebrates three historically independent disciplines—art, history, and natural sciences.

Oakland Museum of California's art gallery.

OMCA’s collections comprise more than 1.9 million objects including seminal art works, historical artifacts, ethnographic objects, natural specimens, and photographs.

OMCA’s diverse programming explores California’s extraordinary natural landscapes, successive waves of migration, and its unique culture of creativity and innovation.

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Oakland Museum of California entryway.

OMCA’s animated, interpretive tools and interactive features engage visitors and encourage them to share their own perspectives, questions, and stories while nurturing its intimate connection to the community by offering ongoing educational and outreach programs.

Join correspondent Tom Wilmer for a visit with Lori Fogarty CEO at OMCA.

Click here to learn more about the diverse array of travel destinations in Oakland, California.

The outro music was performed by musician Mike Beck.

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Conserving the past to inspire future generations of dreamers and preserving the legacy of Julia Morgan.

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Swim night at Hearst Castle for members of the Foundation at Hearst Castle.

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Tom Wilmer produces on-air content for Issues & Ideas airing over KCBX and is producer and host of the six-time Lowell Thomas award-winning NPR podcast Journeys of Discovery with Tom Wilmer. Recorded live on-location across America and around the world, the podcasts feature the arts, culture, music, nature, history, science, wine & spirits, brewpubs, and the culinary arts--everything from baseball to exploring South Pacific atolls to interviewing the real Santa Claus in the Arctic.
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