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Bowers Museum of Cultural Art

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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 1 week ago

I am a chronic museum visitor. This one is very special. The exhibits are ones you won't see everywhere. There are necklaces made of human molars commenarating relatives and others made from dozens of human front teeth from fallen enemies! There are huge statues carved...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank dHwoman
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We had time to kill before our flight home, so we ducked in here...what a lovely surprise! Interesting exhibits from lots of places, a nice little cafe, & a great little gift shop! We enjoyed ourselves a lot & would definitely return in the future!

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank Carol33364
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Part of the National Assoc of Reciprocal Museum we belong to, so we paid a visit based on a friend suggesting. Really glad we did. Very classy place, exhibits to match. Brilliant Asian artifacts, a room on New Guinea Indians, old school California, just one...More

Date of experience: February 2019
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I had a Wonderful time at the Bowers Museum. Medium Size Museum. Packed with Artifacts, Art and Culture.

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank Prax-Tammy
Reviewed 17 January 2019 via mobile

Great, smaller museum known for its early California and Missions permanent collection. Bowers often has wonderful traveling exhibits. Most recently I visited when they were featuring an exhibit about Medieval knights. We've also seen African cultural exhibits, mummies, and a fascinating look at Madeline Albright's...More

Date of experience: January 2019
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Reviewed 15 January 2019 via mobile

Parking is $6 and the entrance fee is $13. Parking should be cheaper, if not free. The museum is very small but they did have some cool stuff to see. Overall, it was nice but I wouldn’t visit again.

Date of experience: January 2019
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Reviewed 7 January 2019

Outstanding anthropological and art exhibits, plus strong related programming as well as Italian movies, art history lectures and music. Highly recommended but do not make a special trip for the Sunday Festivals. The Indian Kite Festival had not one authentic Indian kite in sight and...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank Kathy Z
Reviewed 3 January 2019 via mobile

This is a great place to spend a few educational hours. And then have a gourmet lunch at the first class restaurant. Lots of artwork from various sources, presented in an easily accessible manor. The building itself is nice, with a courtyard and impressive trees....More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank robp79
Reviewed 25 December 2018

This was the second time we visited the museum in less than a year. The exhibitions are always fascinating and in terms of admission fee, there is always a choice to see just the main thing (we paid $15/person this time), or all of the...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank mengpei
Reviewed 13 December 2018

Bowers is a fabulous local museum with great temporary and permanent exhibits. Easily can be done in a couple hours and they even have a sit down restaurant if your hungry.

Date of experience: December 2018
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29 June 2018|
Response from HBSnowFlower | Reviewed this property |
Sorry for delay -- glad you asked! Go to Bowers org web site and click on membership tab. Trip Advisor won't allow me to poast the link. Great new exhibits opening this fall!
29 June 2018|
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Response from iamgodot123 | Reviewed this property |
In person. Cash. Credit card. Check. Telephone. Credit card. On line. Credit card. U.S. Mail. Check. Maybe credit card.
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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.