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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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Exhibits specialize in the art of the world's indigenous peoples.
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  • Very good31%
  • Average3%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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2002 N. Main St. at 20th St., Santa Ana, CA
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"permanent collection"
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"pacific islands"
in 13 reviews
"orange county"
in 34 reviews
"gift shop"
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"special exhibit"
in 18 reviews
"frida kahlo"
in 9 reviews
"traveling exhibits"
in 11 reviews
"california history"
in 8 reviews
"early california"
in 7 reviews
"world class"
in 6 reviews
"on display"
in 19 reviews
"nice restaurant"
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"excellent exhibits"
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"empress dowager cixi"
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"the frank lloyd wright"
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"photo exhibit"
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"different cultures"
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This facility has some very interesting art work and displays that change often. The auditorium is large and comfortable. There is a $6.00 parking fee, waived on my visit due to a seminar I was attending. Really nice gift shop and restaurant.

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I went to the exhibit on John F. Kennedy in photos. I read that this exhibit is on loan form the Smithsonian Museum in Washington D.C. Ir is not a large exhibit but it is quite interesting. The photos start with JFK when he was...More

1  Thank RoseRN199
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I love going to the Bower's Museum! The exhibits are top notch and the gift shop is amazing! I have also eaten at the restaurant where the food was also good.

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Reviewed 5 weeks ago

I stopped by to check out some of the Native American art and was surprised by the various collections. This museum focuses on tribal and non-Western art: Californian Native American art could be beefed up. I really enjoyed the art of the South Pacific Islands....More

2  Thank roaminginrome101
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Reviewed 8 April 2018

The Bowers Museum has an extensive collection that includes objects from the Pacific Islands and California missions and hosts solid traveling shows, such as the current (April 2018) one on Shackleton's expedition to Antarctica. A recent update to the Pacific Island hall includes more text...More

2  Thank GlobalGypsy_13
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Reviewed 8 April 2018

I brought 7 friends to this museum to capture the flavor of Orange county and to see the Empress Dowager Cixi exhibit then showing. We had a docent tour which really explained the exhibit and were grateful to have been part of that. Also worth...More

Thank Lyn K
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Reviewed 2 April 2018

The Bowers is a sleepy little museum with a traveling repertoire that can include a sampling of the unusual and occasionally the surprise taste of a world class exhibit. There is a permanent collection spotlighting early California and South Sea/African art. The museum store sells...More

1  Thank iamgodot123
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Reviewed 23 March 2018

This Museum features a large collection of Native American art and pre-Columbian art. It has wonderful special exhibits such as the beautiful exhibition about Empress Dowager Cixi of China who lived around the same time as Queen Victoria, who is much better known in the...More

1  Thank springpa
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Reviewed 16 March 2018

I am impressed. As a lover of cultural art, I found the Bowers to be a wonderful repository of well displayed and explained art from around the world. Exhibits included Spirits and Headhunters: the art of the Pacific Islands (Polynesia, Micronesia and Melanesia) , the...More

1  Thank daanddo
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Reviewed 11 February 2018 via mobile

The Bowers Museum continues to obtain significant and interesting expositions, two of which I visited today. “The Empress Dowager CIXI - Selections from the Summer Palace” and “Endurance: The Antarctic Legacy of Sir Ernest Shackleton and Frank Hurley”. Both are engaging exhibits that present information...More

2  Thank mjd496
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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.
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