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The Irvine Museum

18881 Von Karman Avenue Ste. 100, (Ground Level), Irvine, CA 92612
949 476 2565
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Ranked #3 of 16 Attractions in Irvine
Type: Art Museums
Description: The Irvine Museum is dedicated to the preservation and display of California art of the Impressionist Period.
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Los Angeles, California
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30 reviews 30 reviews
5 attraction reviews
51 helpful votes 51 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2013

The Irvine Museum is a wonderful little museum featuring California Impressionist paintings. A half-hour or so is plenty of time to get a sense of what Southern California looked like 100 years ago. Admission is $5, seniors are free. Parking is validated. I live 30 minutes away and go every few months to see the new paintings on display. California... More

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150 reviews 150 reviews
26 attraction reviews
70 helpful votes 70 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2013

Quoting from the museum brochure: "During the late nineteenth century and early 20th century, California's majestic landscapes was the inspiration for a profusion of light-filled paintings." The 43 paintings included Townsley, Payne, Francisco and many more. Seniors-don't miss it. It's free! A lovely exhibit for an "Impresdionist Lover."

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Sierra Vista, Arizona
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33 reviews 33 reviews
8 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 3, 2013

Inexpensive little art museum (mil and seniors are FREE, adults only $5). It has a lot of wonderful California impressionist art from 19th-20th and 21st century. We were in and out in about one hour. Cute little gift shop too. So very glad we visited.

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Issaquah, Washington
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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2013

A small but great collection of impressionistic paintings. You can tour it in half-hour. A great find in otherwise sterile business area of Irvine.

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Riverside, California
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26 reviews 26 reviews
11 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2013

Not a thing to dislike! We had a wonderful docent who was knowledgable without being snooty. The exhibit was an array of different mediums - charcoal, water colors, graphite, oils. It made for an interesting display. It is obviously very popular as it was crowded on a weekday morning. It is in a beautiful building built by McDonnell Douglas of... More

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Irvine, California
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58 reviews 58 reviews
21 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2013

This is a very small museum but it's free for senior and nearly free to all else. You can park and get it validated. The shows change but are usually good.

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Irvine, CA
12 reviews 12 reviews
4 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2013

The Irvine Museum is built on the collection of Joan Irvine Smith, the great grand-daughter of the founder of the Irvine Ranch which encompassed more than the city of Irvine today. The collection primarily consists of what is called "California Impressionist" paintings, painted between 1890 and 1930. They are stunning landscapes that depict California before development--like the Coast Highway before... More

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Irvine, California
5 reviews 5 reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 9, 2013

I've worked right around the corner from the Irvine Museum ever since it opened but never walked in the door until last year, now I try to get over there at least once a month. For $60 you can become a donor and have free access to the museum for a year otherwise it's only $5. Also admission is free... More

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Winchester VA
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134 reviews 134 reviews
15 attraction reviews
79 helpful votes 79 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2013

This is a lovely small museum that showcases Impressionistic California art from 1890-1930. The works are largely donated by the Irvine family--particularly Joan Irvine Smith. Some of them are masterpieces of the era. At first it feels a bit stuffy, but the museum reach out to children and introduces them to Impressionism. I was amazed by a wall with original... More

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Encinitas, California
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104 reviews 104 reviews
58 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2012

Worth a detour if you like fine art , impressionism, and the California landscapes! We are lucky to have such a collection right here

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