Bowers Museum
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10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
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Take a trip around the globe at the Bowers Museum! Opened in 1936, the Bowers prides itself on showcasing world-class arts and cultures in a warm, inviting space located in the heart of Orange County. Bowers has been voted "Best Museum in Orange County" by OC Register for 26 years and has organized more than 50 special exhibitions in just the past 15 years in partnership with some of the greatest museums in the world. Recent highlights include blockbusters such as Terra Cotta Warriors, Mummies: Treasures from the British Museum, Guo Pei: Couture Beyond, and Inside the Walt Disney Archives. Over 100,000 square feet and surrounded by lush gardens, the Bowers campus includes a 296 seat auditorium, 12,000 square feet of event space, a Patina-owned Tangata Restaurant, a robust Gallery Store, 8 permanent exhibitions, and spectacular featured exhibits on rotation, to ensure a full day of engaging fun with every visit. Bowers Museum, bringing the world to you.
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Washington DC, DC16 contributions
Apr 2022
This is a hidden gem of a museum. I was looking to fill a free afternoon and came across the Bowers Museum. It is located in a charming Mission style building that has lovely landscaped grounds. The museum is not huge but its collections are impressive and wide ranging. I really enjoyed the Arts of Ancient China, the Spirits and Headhunter of the Pacific, the California Legacies and Bounty exhibits. There was so much to see that I ran out of time, having only given myself 2 hours for my visit.
Written 4 May 2022
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Lisa M
Huntington Beach, CA18 contributions
Nov 2021
A beautiful museum in a historic Spanish style setting. Lovely courtyard w top notch restaurant as well.
Written 26 November 2021
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Scott Failmezger
Oregon City, OR867 contributions
Oct 2020 • Couples
We were happy to get to see the exhibit showing the 50 years of Disney Archives gathered. From Walt's desk to Herbie the Love Bug it is all here. We enjoyed seeing the carpet bag and blocks from Mary Poppins. The letter Walt wrote about buying land in Anaheim. The costumes were very cool.
Written 25 October 2020
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Leah S
Santa Ana, CA25 contributions
Apr 2019 • Friends
We went here with friends and had a great time. This didn't look like an all day activity, but we could've easily stayed longer than we did.
I've not been to the restaurant there, but it looked good.
Also they do great community events and rotating exhibits. I'm looking forward to seeing the 50 years of Disney exhibit they have going now. In past I also remember knights, and the Terracotta Warriors.
Written 22 March 2020
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jodyj2017
Tustin, CA21 contributions
Feb 2020
loved the spirits gallery where the artifacts of Oceania are displayed. I enjoyed learning about the indigenous people of the area. I also loved the docent tour of the China gallery. They have had some really good visiting exhibits like the Qua Pao couture exhibit which was fascinating.They are also getting a Disney Archive exhibit which should be great.
Written 5 March 2020
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James Weaver
Irvine, CA2,171 contributions
Jan 2020 • Couples
We went to the Bowers on Super Bowl Sunday afternoon to see the last day of the exhibit of Authur Beaumont. He was the American Navel Artist for many years and during WWII. This was titled “The Art of the Sea”. Many wonderful watercolors capturing the grandeur of the sea. He was given a commission as a lieutenant in 1933. After spending time and and making the friendship of many navel officers, he was invited to sail as a civilian, and capture what he wanted to paint. This lead to his commission. Many exciting battle scenes and of the Polar Regions where he painted out in the open during -70 weather. Leaving this exhibit we saw a few of. The dance numbers being presented for the Lunar New Year Celebration. A terrific afternoon was ours.
Written 5 February 2020
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Sharon B
Alta Loma, CA66 contributions
Jan 2020
We enjoyed a day at the museum. I especially enjoyed the exhibit called Spirits and Headhunters. It is an extensive look at the natives of New Guinea. The exhibits are well labeled and explain what and why. The gemstone carvings of Van Pelt were also both interesting and beautiful, including a crystal skull. Another interesting exhibit was the tree-sized drums, vertical carved gongs, and funeral poles of the South Pacific Islands. The tiny room housing artifacts from the First Californians (mostly woven bowls, and carved stone bowls) is not accessible by wheelchair. There is a broken lift. When you go to the Missions and Ranchos room, look up at the amazing coffered ceiling. An enjoyable day.
Written 27 January 2020
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02corvette
Marietta, GA1,232 contributions
Nov 2019
I love, love , love the Bower and when I come to CA, this is my go to place, no matter the reason for coming, even when it was my dtrs wedding week.
The exhibits are always stunning and displayed so well. We knew there were carved gems as a special exhibit but the others were even more amazing.
If you can only do one museum, this is the one to do!!!
Written 7 January 2020
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GlobalGypsy_13
San Diego, CA2,688 contributions
Nov 2019
The Bowers is more than a local museum. In addition to discovering California artists, artifacts, and native peoples, you can learn about Pacific Island cultures (one of my favorite areas of the museum) and enjoy special exhibits, such as the current (Nov. 2019) Tamayo printmaking collaboration and Beaumont exhibit; both are outstanding. There's an adjacent paid parking lot and free street parking. The gift shop at the entrance is well worth checking out. Do enjoy exploring this world-class museum that houses many treasures.
Written 22 November 2019
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BrooklynDodgers13
Henderson, NV717 contributions
Oct 2019 • Friends
I had not been to the Bowers Museum in many years. What an unexpected surprise. It is situated in the heart of Santa Ana, CA with convenient free parking. There was a rather interesting exhibit of Mixografia, which I had never heard of. It’s quite a process. This is a temporary exhibition. A Disney one is coming soon.
Upstairs there’s a permanent Historical California exhibit. The ceiling is painted with the history of California. I found the painting and biography of Bernardo Yorba fascinating as I had lived in Yorba Linda for more than 30 years. We were one of the last people to leave. 😊😊
Written 10 November 2019
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