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The African American Museum and Library was built in 1900. This museum host several exhibitions that showcase the culture and history of African-American people across Northern California and the Bay Area. The well-preserved collection features artifacts, photographs and memorabilia, as well as digital media for research purposes.
This is considered one of the greatest historical landmarks in Northern California. Built in 1868, the house is an Italianate villa that once belonged to Enoch Pardee and his family, all of whom made a great impact on local and state politics in the late-19th and early 20th Centuries. The estate is attractive both architecturally and historically and features authentic carriage and tank houses. It is known as the centerpiece of Oakland's Preservation Park Historic District. High Tea at the Pardee House is a truly British treat.
This historic Victorian mansion is the last of its kind at Lake Merritt in downtown Oakland. Built in 1875, it was once the home of one of Oakland's wealthiest residents. The beautifully restored Italianate gives a good glimpse into Oakland's rich and colorful history. The house has a good, albeit small, collection of Victorian arts, crafts and furniture. Afterwards, take a walk around Lakeside Park or rent a paddle boat on Lake Merritt. Guided tours are available.
Oakland Museum of California is an architectural work of art and is filled with a variety of educational exhibits, both permanent and temporary, that chronicles many aspects of California history. The permanent displays include a gallery of California art, a simulated journey through California's diverse ecosystems, and exhibits on the history of the state's multicultural populations. Many people visit the museum just to stroll through its amazing sculpture garden. With artworks and historical heritage of the past, the museum wants to motivate visitors to create an equally brilliant cultural heritage for the future. This museum is a must-visit especially for those who love exploring historical developments peculiar to an area.
The Museum of Art and Digital Entertainment (MADE) serves as one of the most interesting and unique museums in Oakland. Nicknamed "The Video Game Museum," this museum has exhibits that focus on various inventions of digital medium, including featuring fully interactive gaming displays. The museum was established with an aim to preserve and maintain video games, digital art and digital media. The facility is run by some expert gaming industry professionals, historians and reporters.
This science center features a variety of educational attractions including one of the largest telescopes (36-inch reflector) open to the public in the United States. You can also look through its historic eight- and 20-inch telescopes and enjoy a sophisticated 250-seat planetarium, a 210-seat domed-screen theater, and a 150-seat amphitheater. The observatory also offers interactive science exhibits including a Challenger Learning Center with space flight simulation.
This is a unique aviation museum set in a vintage hangar at the Oakland International Airport's historic North Field. Aviation lovers of all ages travel to the museum to see its collection of restored vintage aircrafts. Other celebrated exhibits include the "Flying Boat," a 1946 upgraded version of the famous World War II British Sunderland, and a Lockheed 10-A Electra, sister ship of Amelia Earhart's plane. You will also find other displays including a history of women in flight.