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Orange County Museum of Art

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Address: 850 San Clemente Dr, Newport Beach, CA 92660-6399
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+1 949-759-1122
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Wed 11:00 - 17:00
Thu 11:00 - 20:00
Fri - Sun 11:00 - 17:00

The museum endeavors to provide the community with a comprehensive program...

The museum endeavors to provide the community with a comprehensive program of art with an emphasis on independent thinking.

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A museum in a charming setting.

This is a little museum with grand ideas since change of director. Formerly, it featured talented relatively unknown artists. Currently it gets the exhibits that make the rounds... read more

3 of 5 bubblesReviewed 27 January 2017
christine a
Corona del Mar, California
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San Diego, California
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288 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 85 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 February 2017

This concrete block museum contains of wealth of colorful "pop" art currently (Jan 7 - Apr. 2, 2017). My jaw kept dropping as I saw another Andy Warhol, Claes Oldenberg, or Ray & Charles Eames piece in Pop Art Design as well as other objects, such as Verner Panton's Heart-Shaped Cone Chair or the red lip shaped sofa. Also over... More 

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Corona del Mar, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 January 2017

This is a little museum with grand ideas since change of director. Formerly, it featured talented relatively unknown artists. Currently it gets the exhibits that make the rounds throughout the United States. It is not innovative but gets consistent exhibits that you could see at the Getty or LA County Museum. Nothing distinctive or worth a drive to. However it... More 

1 Thank christine a
Anaheim, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 80 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 November 2016

We have lived in Orange County for a long time and until I read a review of the American Modern Art on display I had no clue this gem existed. It is near the fashion island shopping mall across from the Island Hotel. Parking free and the tickets for seniors was $7.50. The current exhibit of American art has something... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 October 2016

Orange County is most fortunate to have the American Mosaic: Picturing Modern Art Through the Eye of Duncan Phillips exhibit in Newport Beach. The Phillips Collection from Washington, D.C. has generously loaned 65 works now on display from known artists including Winslow Homer, Georgia O'Keeffe, Edward Harper, and Thomas Eakins. This exhibition is well worth viewing for those who appreciate... More 

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Irvine, California
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 August 2016

I visited this museum for the first time about a week ago. It is rather small so you can see all of the exhibits in an hour (or two if you really like to linger). The current exhibit (summer 2016) has a number of paintings from the Phillips Collection from Washington DC. Several of the pieces have information about them... More 

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United States
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 April 2016

Marilyn Minter exhibit should not be missed. Cool building. Check out the trees out front. Strange entrance made me miss it twice, not sure why it is so difficult to outline an entrance. And, drive all the way in to the parking lot because the first area is the administration building only - not the public entrance. Again, why isn't... More 

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Perrysburg, Ohio
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 April 2016 via mobile

We were excited to visit the museum as there seems to be a dearth of good art museums in Orange County and based on their website, this museum holds some nice works in their permanent collection. We were disappointed, though, when visiting in that little of their collection was on display. There was retrospective of a contemporary artist that took... More 

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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 January 2016

I love art museums but there $10 admission charge with a lack of a permanent collection is sad. The building and grounds are underwhelming. If you have a limited amount of time, this is not worth your valuable time.

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Somerville, New Jersey
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 December 2015

I enjoy going to museums. I am the kind of person who reads the placards on every exhibited item, enjoys audio tours, etc. I state that first so anyone reading this review can understand how let-down I was when I went to this museum. It is VERY small (the size of a wing in most museums). Even watching all the... More 

Thank Margi B
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 November 2015 via mobile

A quick feast for the senses, combines techno visual artistic displays with symphonies of sound to tantalize and delight. Multiple galleries included colorful tactile sculptures of contemporary materials, videos, wordography and pictographs.

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