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Bowers Museum of Cultural Art

2002 N. Main St. at 20th St., Santa Ana, CA
+1 714-567-3600
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Exhibits specialize in the art of the world's indigenous peoples.
  • Excellent64%
  • Very good31%
  • Average3%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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Hours Today: 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
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2002 N. Main St. at 20th St., Santa Ana, CA
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+1 714-567-3600
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"permanent collection"
in 20 reviews
"pacific islands"
in 13 reviews
"orange county"
in 34 reviews
"gift shop"
in 23 reviews
"special exhibit"
in 18 reviews
"frida kahlo"
in 9 reviews
"california history"
in 8 reviews
"early california"
in 7 reviews
"world class"
in 6 reviews
"on display"
in 19 reviews
"nice restaurant"
in 6 reviews
"empress dowager cixi"
in 6 reviews
"the frank lloyd wright"
in 4 reviews
"visiting exhibits"
in 4 reviews
"photo exhibit"
in 5 reviews
"great exhibits"
in 11 reviews
"different cultures"
in 4 reviews
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Reviewed 4 days ago

We enjoyed this museum and the exhibit of the first group to go to the artic. It was very interesting and the pictures were incredible. It was an amazing journey. This is a perfect museum not too big and not too small so you can...More

Thank mrsbof3
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Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a great museum with both permanent and very interesting temporary exhibitions. There is also a wonderful restaurant in a lovely setting. for lunch. The museum is a nice size and you can easily see everything in several hours. The gift shop is very...More

Thank aekrfk
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Our family of four thoroughly enjoyed visiting the Bowers Museum while on a vacation in Orange County, and spent a few hours exploring the permanent collection as well as the visiting exhibits. The static exhibits are outstanding and reveal careful acquisitions over many decades, and...More

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Reviewed 3 May 2018

This facility has some very interesting art work and displays that change often. The auditorium is large and comfortable. There is a $6.00 parking fee, waived on my visit due to a seminar I was attending. Really nice gift shop and restaurant.

Thank GardaGal0912
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Reviewed 30 April 2018

I went to the exhibit on John F. Kennedy in photos. I read that this exhibit is on loan form the Smithsonian Museum in Washington D.C. Ir is not a large exhibit but it is quite interesting. The photos start with JFK when he was...More

1  Thank RoseRN199
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Reviewed 25 April 2018

I love going to the Bower's Museum! The exhibits are top notch and the gift shop is amazing! I have also eaten at the restaurant where the food was also good.

1  Thank Sharmystar
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Reviewed 19 April 2018

I stopped by to check out some of the Native American art and was surprised by the various collections. This museum focuses on tribal and non-Western art: Californian Native American art could be beefed up. I really enjoyed the art of the South Pacific Islands....More

2  Thank roaminginrome101
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Reviewed 9 April 2018

The Bowers Museum has an extensive collection that includes objects from the Pacific Islands and California missions and hosts solid traveling shows, such as the current (April 2018) one on Shackleton's expedition to Antarctica. A recent update to the Pacific Island hall includes more text...More

2  Thank GlobalGypsy_13
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Reviewed 8 April 2018

I brought 7 friends to this museum to capture the flavor of Orange county and to see the Empress Dowager Cixi exhibit then showing. We had a docent tour which really explained the exhibit and were grateful to have been part of that. Also worth...More

Thank Lyn K
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Reviewed 2 April 2018

The Bowers is a sleepy little museum with a traveling repertoire that can include a sampling of the unusual and occasionally the surprise taste of a world class exhibit. There is a permanent collection spotlighting early California and South Sea/African art. The museum store sells...More

1  Thank iamgodot123
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Lydia M
29 March 2016|
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Response from B P | Reviewed this property |
Not to my knowledge, many museums are historically closed on Mondays. Hours should be posted on their website.
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