Oakland Museum of California is a museum and wedding venue located in Oakland, California. Nestled among flowering pear trees and extensive gardens, this unique science, history and art museum offers endless wedding ceremony and reception possibilities. Designed by Pritzker prize-winning architect Kevin Roche, this mid-century modern masterpiece is the perfect setting for a historic venue with a variety of indoor and outdoor spaces. Create an amazing celebration at the Oakland Museum of California with customized details to reflect your unique style.
Facilities and Capacity
Wedding ceremonies and receptions can be held al fresco in the museum gardens, enclosed by broad flights of stairs and trellised walkways, or in the Blue Oak café with floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking the tranquil koi pond.
Oakland Museum of California offers venue rental for weddings and other social events. As a wedding gift, the museum gifts each couple a free membership pass so they can visit the place where their marriage began. Event services offered include the following:
The Oakland Museum of California asks that couples choose caterers from their list of preferred catering vendors. These caterers provide outstanding menus and presentations that range from traditional to exotic.
Oakland Museum of California is an ideal location for hosting private parties of varying sizes. In addition to wedding ceremonies and receptions, this location can accommodate all of your wedding events, such as engagement parties, bridal showers and rehearsal dinners. This venue is also available for hosting corporate meetings, holiday parties, birthdays, anniversaries and other special occasions.
Just across the bay from San Francisco, the Oakland Museum of California is situated between downtown Oakland and Lake Merritt. The museum is equipped to accommodate a wide range of transportation needs with a private parking garage and convenient location a block from the Lake Merritt BART station.
Recommended by 98% of couples
Adam · Married on 08/12/2017
We had a phenomenal experience with OMCA. The staff team that helped us with our wedding made sure everything was perfect and were extremely friendly. It was a pleasure working with the whole team.
Julia · Married on 07/08/2017
We had our wedding ceremony, reception and dinner in the gardens of OMCA. We chose it for a number of reasons - the location was fantastic (easy to get to from public transit, had ample parking), it's a unique and fascinating museum (we had an amazing Dorothea Lange exhibit open for guests during the wedding, which people loved), and the gardens are huge, unique and beautiful and lend themselves to a lot of creativity of where to have the reception vs. ceremony, etc. There were a couple things OMCA had going on a few weeks before our wedding - their main wedding events coordinator left, and because the Warriors won the playoffs, they had more events than they had originally planned for. Even with all of this going on, the staff there, Catherine, and in particular Maria, really stepped up to the plate to take care of us and help make our wedding seamless and beautiful. Catherine was very professional in keeping us in the loop and addressing any concerns we had. Maria was incredibly responsive and attentive to every little detail of our wedding. We had a couple complicated requests, in particular with timing surrounding a surprise flash mob and the cake. Maria took the time to speak with us about those extra little details, coordinate with the vendors, and made sure that everything worked wonderfully and that I didn't have to think about a thing on my wedding day. She was a pleasure to work with. The gardens were absolutely magical on our wedding night, and we were very impressed with how the event was handled by OMCA staff. If we had a choice we would do it all over again at OMCA.