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Bowers Museum of Cultural Art

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Address: 2002 N. Main St. at 20th St., Santa Ana, CA
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+1 714-567-3600
10:00 - 16:00
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Exhibits specialize in the art of the world's indigenous peoples.

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Great OC Museum

This museum is a great place to check out if you want a change a pace in your home town. The museum itself is beautiful and host great works of art!

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 weeks ago
Samantha H
Laguna Hills, California
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Laguna Hills, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This museum is a great place to check out if you want a change a pace in your home town. The museum itself is beautiful and host great works of art!

Thank Samantha H
Tustin, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Love going to Bowers Museum. They bring new exhibitions all the time and their world class. Can't wait to see the Frida Kahlo exhibition soon. Love the restaurant also and their bookstore.

Thank Lydia T
Long Beach
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I went to the Friday Kahlo exhibit with a friend this week and although we really liked the exhibit, especially the movie, the experience was just terrible. On the website they offer a 2 for 1 ticket to the $20 exhibit if you dine at Tangata during restaurant week. I made reservations for lunch at 12:30 and called to see... More 

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Irvine, California
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Came here for the exhibit. There was a school group here so it got a little crowded. We got our tickets and had to wait for us to enter. Nothing was really organized. Sat down since we had to wait a little while and the old guys behind us decided to creep up and cut in line - not that... More 

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Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

So fascinating to travel and come across such beautiful museums such as this one. So much history to be drawn into and be amazed by how different our era is compared to hundreds of years ago.

Thank SIlva909
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 February 2017 via mobile

My San Diego based sisters and I meet up in a Southland neighborhood every year. 2017 was Santa Ana and we had a nice visit to the Bowers. Lovely collection of California artists and exquisite ceilings from ???? They had an inspiring Imogene Cunningham exhibit going. I really liked the grounds; charming landscaping and gorgeous trees. We saw a brilliant... More 

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Santa Ana, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 February 2017

I am not an expert on museums, but I am so pleased that this museum has grown from a small local one, to a nationally recognized gem. I can't believe its in my backyard. Aside from local history, it includes many wonderful permanent collections of European and Asian art and artifacts. If you're visiting the OC it is a must-see.

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So. Calif.
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 February 2017

Bowers has grown to a sophisticated world class exihibition location. The national and international art and historical objects exhibited are collections that change a few times a year so there is frequently something new. The permanent collects are comprehensive, interesting, and very well staged. Whenever you are in the area I recommend checking in to see the current exhibition.

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Santa Ana, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 February 2017 via mobile

The Bowers is a gem! The display of each treasure is fabulous. A true world class museum with the best gift shop! Whatever is on display you will have a great experience! Lots of attention to each item on display. A visit will be time well spent! The restaurant is one of the best in Orange County!

Thank paulevangreenwad
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 February 2017

Enjoyed our recent visit to Bowers Museum, this facility is an iconic landmark in Santa Ana CA, where traveling exhibitions highlight many facets of education and illumination on subjects as diverse as the Jewels of the Nile, artifacts from the Ming Dynasty, or art that celebrates native California life. We enjoyed the recent exhibit of California's Bounty, where art that... More 

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