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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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Tue - Sun 10:00 - 16:00

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

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Great museum for a small city

It has been a long time since I have been their, but I have been going for more then 30 years. Good exhibits, well displayed, very good lectures, and excellent children's... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 days ago
Irvine, California
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Irvine, California
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36 reviews
7 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

It has been a long time since I have been their, but I have been going for more then 30 years. Good exhibits, well displayed, very good lectures, and excellent children's experience.

Thank 4buffalo
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752 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 144 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

From the moment you walk through the entrance into the exquisite courtyard you get the sense that this is a first class operation. OC is so lucky to have a place to share with pride to your guests. Their special exhibits will keep you coming back.

Thank yogiacomo
Rancho Cucamonga, California
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38 reviews
10 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We were amazed at the large size of the museum. Very deceptive from the outside. Great display of numerous ancient artifacts from China and historical artifacts from Polynesia and California. We arrived at 10 and finished at 12:30. We were all getting pretty hungry but noted that the menu at the restaurant was very pricey and definitely not "kid friendly".... More 

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San Francisco, California, United States
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9 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I came here for an outdoor evening wedding. The venue was gorgeous and offered an intimate space for a crowd of 250+. We'll be back to check out the actual museum.

Thank EricSuper
Sacramento, California
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170 reviews
59 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 73 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 December 2016 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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135 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 November 2016

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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 November 2016

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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15 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 November 2016

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

Thank AuntCarol01
Tustin, California
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12 reviews
6 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 November 2016 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.

Thank hueadon
Tustin, California
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476 reviews
295 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 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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