Gallery of California History
"Coming to California" is the Gallery's overarching theme. The story begins with its indigenous people and continues through to today with the increasing influx of people from all over the world. Artifacts in the Gallery have been carefully selected from over 1.7 million items in OMCA's collection that represent California's history and cultures from the era before Europeans arrived to the 21st century. The strength of the collections are in photography; California native baskets and other material; California Gold Rush era artifacts; and material that relates to California technology, agriculture, business and labor, domestic life, and significant events such as World War II.