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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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this museum has been around for decades in the heart of Santa Ana. It has special exhibition... read more

Reviewed yesterday
jeffrey k
Longmeadow, Massachusetts
Nice regional museum that sometimes has spectacular visiting exhibits

This is a cute little museum, that has an interesting collection worthy of at least 1 visit, but... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Orange, California
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Exhibits specialize in the art of the world's indigenous peoples.
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  • Very good30%
  • Average3%
  • Poor1%
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2002 N. Main St. at 20th St., Santa Ana, CA
+1 714-567-3600
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Reviewed yesterday

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 3 weeks ago

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 3 weeks ago

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 5 weeks ago

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

2  Thank AlbertAlberta2012
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
Reviewed 28 October 2017

Went with my wife and son (along with my father and mother in laws) to visit the Bowers for the Shackleton Antarctic exhibit. We were able to schedule a docent tour of the exhibit with the museum as we had a party of 4 or...More

1  Thank caneguy
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Reviewed 21 October 2017 via mobile

Small but not too small. There is space and light with fascinating things to see. A little bit of everything. They also seem to have one “prestigious” exhibition as well. Today it was the Shackleton exhibit. The combination of their general exhibits plus (a special...More

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Reviewed 13 October 2017

A story of Arctic exploration which turned into a fight for survival thru 2 Arctic winters. All of which is seen thru the lens (literally) of photographer Frank Hurley who chronicled the story of the human experience with his camera. The exhibits contains other expeditions...More

Reviewed 3 October 2017 via mobile

Absolutely stunning. One of the best I've ever seen. We are fortunate to hear Shackleton's granddaughter speak. Don't miss it!

Thank mary 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.