Art Museums • Children's Museums
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- This is not a huge museum, but it features a number of interesting exhibits about local and global art and culture. The exhibits about Native Californians and the California Missions are a bit on the small and older side, but they still have some cool artifacts.
The Pacific Islands and Ancient Chinese art exhibits were really well done and the California Gold Medal exhibition had a nice variety of current artworks. Overall, this is a fine museum and a hidden gem in Orange County. Well worth a visit!Written 30 July 2023This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
- Great place for small kids filled with interactive areas. Kiddo was looking forward to see Dinosaurs which was more of a display area with a mini baby slide.Written 13 November 2022This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
- If you have 30 - 60 minutes before/after a John Wayne Airport flight, sneak over the Lyon for a very informative and wonderful visit. Make a special effort to engage with the wonderful volunteers, many/most of whom served in the Air Force or are pilots themselves. They bring incredible information and stories to make your visit all the more special.
An added plus at this time is an exhibit of several vintage military and other vehicles. For price paid ($10 for seniors), this is a wonderful experience!Written 11 July 2022This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
- Shopping at Santa Ana’s Main Place Mall is always an adventure. Not only are the big name stores such as, Macy’s, JC Penney’s, Disney Store, Forever 21 there, but also some uncommon eateries such as Boudin Bakery, Mrs. Bean Jianbing & Genki Sushi. There is a small play area where the little ones can let out some pent up energy. For Christmas, there is a whole set up based on “A Christmas Story” for Santa pictures!Written 5 November 2019
- Amazing pub caters to all, young and old, food is amazing and they have a pool table for family competition. Owners treat everyone like they’re family I’ve never felt more at home. Highly recommend.Written 9 April 2023
- I went to this zoo on a whim as a primate fan and was not disappointed. It's a small place but well maintained and aiming to expand. The seasonal butterfly house draws a big crowd. The sole gift shop at the entrance has ice cream cups. Oh and the bald eagle is fine where she is. She is injured and cannot fly so that's why her enclosure has a lush ground level. In general enclosure sizes are just over the LA Zoo but smaller than in San Diego.Written 2 July 2023
- Great exercise and coaches, I was pushed to my maximum ability by the parkour coaches. The floor is big enough for multiple people.Written 12 October 2020
- I visited during the Smithsonian Magazine Museum Day when Kellogg House (and the nearby Howe-Waffle House) were open the same hours. Although I looked on the website, I didn't see anywhere to get tickets. When I arrived, they told me they were sold out, but there were very few people around. Fortunately, they were able to "fit me in" within 5 minutes on a tour that wasn't full (and the docent said that there was no one scheduled for the next tour--strange). Tours that day were every 15 minutes and the docent provided no background information on the Kellogg family or the house, said a sentence or two in each room, and then urged us along. So I recommend visiting on a normal day with regular hours. I took pictures of the rooms and explanatory plaques, asked for a brochure, and got the background information that way. The grounds have other buildings, including a blacksmith area, but it is set up more for school groups than those seeking detailed history of the house.Written 24 September 2021
- I just sat down for a quick meal at a local McDonalds, a section of the Orange County Register newspaper had been left behind. I normally do not read this paper, but something caught my eye. It was story about a lecture the next afternoon, a Saturday, given about the history of surfing in Orange County. Just then, my schedule changed. I thought that this would be interesting to attend. It was one of those hot days that come unexpectedly. Found the location and after parking, walked into a world of my youth. Valencia Orange trees with fruit, a two story wood home, vegetable garden and more. Taking me back 60 years, to my Grand parents days in Anaheim, on the corner of Orange and Brookhurst Streets. Where they once owned a large Orange grove and Avocado Orchard. The Heritage Museum was filled with costumed actors, playing roles such as silver mine owners selling shares in their company, police and other officials. Oranges from the property were for sale at 20 cents each. Great taste, great value and an especially great treat. I highly recommend for an afternoon of historical celebration and remarkable fun.Written 6 July 2019
- If you took a walk during jury duty in Santa Ana, you might have strolled by this striking, historic house. I've always wanted to tour it, but there are limited days and hours. When it was open on Smithsonian Magazine Museum Day, I put it on my calendar. There was plenty of metered parking on the street nearby. It's a lovingly restored Queen Anne Victorian lived in by husband and wife doctors in the late 1880's. Docents were on hand to answer questions and offered tidbits of information not in the detailed brochure for the self-guided tour. Highlights for me were the woodwork, piano and organ, and the outfitted medical office. The life stories of the doctors were fascinating as well. The day we visited a woman was carding and spinning wool, so we got a chance to try it out. We also bought some local apple butter from a vendor. They have special events for holidays that I will definitely look into.Written 24 September 2021
- If you have to fly through/arrive in SCA John Wayne should be your only choice. Clean, friendly and easy to navigateWritten 25 December 2022
- Stopped in to try some of their house brews. Had a decent variety and of the three I ordered all were good. Small place, and a little hard to find but worth it.Written 13 February 2019
- This is a beautiful new museum in Costa Mesa's Segerstrom Center. Its collection is wholly contemporary art, particularly by California artists. It's not a huge museum, but the art is interesting, and it's worth an hour or two if you're in the area. Best of all, it's free.
Paid parking can be found in the surrounding garages, but if you happen to be at South Coast Plaza, you can easily walk across the pedestrian bridge to the museum.Written 31 December 2022
- First Saturday of every month is Art Walk and all doors are open, artists exhibit their work outside, food is everywhere. A nice time for artisans to come and experience the place.Written 26 April 2016
- Amazing day with the family!
I BEAT that wall!
I have watched the tv show so many times...
Absolutely loved the Ninja obstacles and the Inflatable was an absolute blast!!!!Written 28 September 2022
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