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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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Cultural Gem

The Bowers Museum continues to obtain significant and interesting expositions, two of which I... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
mjd496
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Mission Viejo, California
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A wonderful place outside of Los Angeles

I was at the Bowers Museum recently to see predominately the Shackleton Expedition to the South... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
justme54481
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Stevens Point, Wisconsin
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Exhibits specialize in the art of the world's indigenous peoples.
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  • Average3%
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Reviewed 1 week ago 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

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I was at the Bowers Museum recently to see predominately the Shackleton Expedition to the South Pole. It was so informative, and so well done. This museum may be a shade smaller in size than many, but that fact makes for a great day at...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We've been to the Bower's numerous times since we frequently return for special exhibits. They currently have a wonderful exhibit of treasures from the Summer Palace, revolving around Cixi (pronounced she she), a fascinating ruler of the Qing Dynasty who reigned roughly during the same...More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I am a California native and had never been to the Bowers. One Sunday last month, my husband and I decided to enjoy some local museums and went to the Bowers. It is housed in a beautiful Spanish style hacienda. We thoroughly enjoyed the Dowager...More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The Bowers Museum specializes in a few specific areas, but what it does, it does really well. The exhibits are presented in a viewer-friendly manner, with easy to read information. The Polynesian area in particular is so interesting. There is an excellent gift shop, too,...More

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We became members and provide my brother and his wife membership gifts. Good food in the restaurant.

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Reviewed 5 weeks 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 15 January 2018

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

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Reviewed 28 December 2017

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

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Reviewed 21 December 2017

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

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Lydia M
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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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