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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 4 days 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
Thank Cathi D
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
Thank VeganVacation
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
Thank halmj06
Reviewed 7 October 2018

Nice small museum, enjoyable morning. There is a small section dedicated to California history. I would have liked to see more on that.

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank L S
Reviewed 6 October 2018

Do visit this historic structure with a courtyard garden and an appealing gift shop for their special exhibits as well as their permanent Pacific Art collection. Every time I go, I find something new. As this Pacific hall has recently been reinstalled with interpretive labels,...More

Date of experience: September 2018
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Reviewed 6 October 2018

We are members who live on the other side of town but visit several times a year because of the great temporary exhibits. African Twilight, Vanishing Rituals and Ceremonies covers 40 years work of two women who documented in photos and videos many African ceremonies...More

Date of experience: September 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.