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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
10:00 - 16:00
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Tue - Sun 10:00 - 16:00

Exhibits specialize in the art of the world's indigenous peoples.

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I nice museum, with interesting exhibits

We have been here several times now - the museum is very nice and they have had some very interesting exhibits there. Our most recent visit was when they had the Van Cleef and... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 17 March 2015
Pasadena, California
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Pasadena, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 March 2015

We have been here several times now - the museum is very nice and they have had some very interesting exhibits there. Our most recent visit was when they had the Van Cleef and Arpels (sp?) exhibit - we were with friends and both wives loved it (not to mention that there was enough interesting information on how they make... More 

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San Diego, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 March 2015

Very interesting exhibits that change frequently; check before you visit. Bowers is small enough you can do justice to most exhibits in a half day. It has an excellent restaurant to relax and extend you visit through the lunch hour. Parking is convenient across the street with a modest charge. Highly recommend.

Thank Walker S
Irvine, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 March 2015

This museum is nice have a great collection of Mexico ancient cultures and Chinas as part of the permanent collections. The temp collections are great. It is free if you visit the museum the first Sunday of each month.

Thank ClaraMarlene
Redlands, California, United States
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 March 2015

The grounds of the Bowers Museum and the buildings themselves are lovely, illustrating beautiful Colonial Spanish architecture. There is a great gift shop that offers a wide array of unusual items, including unique jewelry....great place to look for a special gift, off the beaten path. Exhibits change , of course, but I most enjoy the mineral displays, and relics of... More 

Thank Meg G
Agoura Hills, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 March 2015

This was our first time at Bowers Museum. Very good first-class place. Very outstanding exhibits. We were here with friends to see a special exhibit, China's Lost Civilization, which we were not aware of, and wanted to see. The other exhibits were also good, but we all enjoyed the Ancient Arts of China the most, as there was the most... More 

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Los Angeles, California, United States
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 February 2015

The Bower Museum is thought to be the best museum in Orange County and I would agree. I particularly wish to highlight the outstanding exhibit LOST CIVILIZATION THE MYSTERY OF SANXINGDUI, a Chinese civilization which was completely unheard of until its archaeological discovery in 1986. The culture with it fantastic bronzes existed 1200 BCE. 24 of the 120 extremely rare... More 

Thank Christie C
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 February 2015

We went there in December and we visited the China's Lost Civilization exhibit. It was a fantastic museum and I learned more about my own culture. It's so interesting to learn about the Lost Civilization and it wasn't discovered till recently. We took our 2 toddlers 4 and 2 year old and I don't know how much they retained, but... More 

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Santa Ana, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 February 2015

A regional museum with national exhibits. Not large but lots to see. If you are in the area, do not miss it.

Thank Wayne O
Laguna Niguel, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 February 2015 via mobile

This museum gets truly fascinating exhibits to enhance the permanent collection. Small and intimate, east to navigate in a couple of hours, or more if you have the time. I was particularly impressed with the art of New Guinea on display.

Thank Diverdad1
Lake Forest, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 February 2015

I like this place very much. It is accessible and you can get up close to an ever changing series of events ... It has some established exhibits but has lots of changing exhibits coming in and out. It's great!

Thank Dave H

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