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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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Always Intriguing and Eclectic Cultural Exhibits and Talks

Always Intriguing and Eclectic Cultural Exhibits and Talks Ancient Chinese Art and the Empress... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
Huntington Beach, California
homework assignment for our upcoming China trek

We have been coming to the Bowers for many years, and took this opportunity to view the Empress... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Dave D
La Crescenta, California
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Exhibits specialize in the art of the world's indigenous peoples.
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2002 N. Main St. at 20th St., Santa Ana, CA
+1 714-567-3600
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Reviewed 2 days ago

Always Intriguing and Eclectic Cultural Exhibits and Talks Ancient Chinese Art and the Empress Dowager Cixi, Kennedy’s Life and Times (coming in March), California Impressionist paintings, Spirits and Headhunters of the Pacific Islands -- I have been constantly amazed by the caliber and diversity of...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

We have been coming to the Bowers for many years, and took this opportunity to view the Empress Dowager Cixi exhibition. First, however, a quick refresher tour through the Ancient Arts of China Gallery helps me orient myself. This collection of textiles, paintings and elaborate...More

Thank Dave D
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The museum is well worth a visit. It can be easily viewed in two hours. There is a mix of various artifact covering the Pacific Islands, the Far East, and early and later California history. There was a special traveling exhibit on the Shackleton expedition...More

Thank Larry192
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

My family and I are very regular museum attendees and for some reason (distance mostly) have never visited the Bowers. What a mistake to have not visited earlier. This is a small (compared to LACMA for instance) and intimate museum which can easily be visited...More

Thank StudioCityMark
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

this museum has been around for decades in the heart of Santa Ana. It has special exhibition spaces, a very fine collection of polynesian art and artifacts, Chinese art, and a nice selection of California art. current special exhibits are on the Shackelton exhibition and...More

Thank jeffrey k
Reviewed 27 November 2017

This is a cute little museum, that has an interesting collection worthy of at least 1 visit, but sometimes has visiting exhibits that are fabulous. They had Lucy there as well as mummies and terracotta soldiers.

Thank ProfessorMC
Reviewed 24 November 2017

For a relatively small museum Bowers continues to receive rave reviewes all over the world. It is not to be missed when anyone is in Orange County.

Thank dona875
Reviewed 13 November 2017

Tour the special exhibit on Shackleton's arctic exploration and learned so much about him I will buy a few books. A great leader who did not loose any men on his expedition due to his decisions and crisis management. Truly amazing, worth seeing this and...More

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Reviewed 9 November 2017 via mobile

I knew I’d be arriving near closing, but was still charged full price for a less than 10 minute visit. The staff were somewhat indignant, passive aggressive, rigid, and rude in their approach, regardless of the time reality that I already knew. What I could...More

Thank creative_iatrogenist
Reviewed 6 November 2017

The museum has interesting and unique exhibits. The garden is beautiful and there is a very nice restaurant. I often find rare finds in the shop.

Thank Sohaila S
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Lydia M
28 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.