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Bowers Museum of Cultural Art

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

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Visited with wife and friend and found it well worth time. Nice restaurant if a bit pricy for lunch. Good service. Great tour of Cunningham Photography exhibition with a... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed yesterday
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Sacramento, California
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Sacramento, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Visited with wife and friend and found it well worth time. Nice restaurant if a bit pricy for lunch. Good service. Great tour of Cunningham Photography exhibition with a fine guide doing her first docent tour. Very knowledgeable and entertaining and friendly to us from the north state. We learned a great deal from her on this thorough exhibition. We... More 

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Boston, Massachusetts
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Lovely museum offering a permanent collection (see the California Landscapes~ wow!) and rotating specials. The Virgin of Guadalupe was on display~ it was stunning! Even the courtyard near the parking lot is filled with sculptures and fountains~ step outside to visit it. You can down load and audio tour to your phone, there is a gift shop and restaurant. Be... More 

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Laguna Niguel, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Right off the 5 freeway with plenty of parking. This is a wonderful museum that has a variety of first class traveling exhibits throughout the year. The only caution is that it is in an unfortunate neighborhood. I don't mean a bad neighborhood. Just one that doesn't offer the amenities you would expect for such an upscale space. Over the... More 

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Santa Ana, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

A very info exhibit, several mummies with detailed information. We really enjoyed the tiki exhibit because we have friends that duplicate these interesting figures.

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Tustin, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

A museum that sits on beautiful grounds. Lot's of outdoor area to roam or relax too. A nice serene spot in an otherwise busy area. It has a restaurant which is popular for weekday lunch. Check the schedule to see what exhibits are coming and go. Excellent exhibits and always changing. A nice piece of culture in Santa Ana.

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Tustin, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 October 2016

The are a number of reasons to visit the Bowers Museum to see the current exhibit (ends January 29, 2017) featuring paintings of the Virgin of Guadalupe, the primary ones being that an exhibition of this magnitude with this subject matter is extremely rare, and it is being presented in the U.S. only at the Bowers. I am not Catholic,... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 October 2016 via mobile

It cost me 15$. I was not disappointed. The richness is in the artifacts they have on display. It spans from Egyptian to Asian culture as well as local Hispanic culture. It is a must see if your in the area and there are some decent areas around there for some good eating.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 September 2016 via mobile

First time here but what a delight. What lovely and precious exhibits. It is a special place and a treat to go there. There are some seasonal exhibits and then there are permanent ones. I recommend not taking the kids so you can stroll at your own pace and enjoy their displays

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Tustin, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 September 2016

I have been a member for several years, and my wife and I enjoy visiting at least twice a month for a relaxing museum experience.........first rate restaurant and wonderful gift shop.

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Santa Ana, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 August 2016

It was quit interesting I'm handicap and some spaces were kind of tight to go through.They have added some other exhibits but could not reach many of because of it being too tight.

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