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Address: 18881 Von Karman Avenue Ste. 100, (Ground Level), Irvine, CA 92612
Phone Number: 949 476 2565
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Description: The Irvine Museum is dedicated to the preservation and display of...
The Irvine Museum is dedicated to the preservation and display of California art of the Impressionist Period.
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The collection of California Plein Aire paintings at this museum is outstanding. We try to see each exhibit.

We recommend this museum for everyone. It is small enough to see it all in about an hour. But the content is such that you will probably spend another hour just looking in detail... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed September 1, 2015
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North Tustin, CA
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North Tustin, CA
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33 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015 NEW

We recommend this museum for everyone. It is small enough to see it all in about an hour. But the content is such that you will probably spend another hour just looking in detail at the wonderful paintings. Parking is free, The museum is freeway close. What more could one ask?

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California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2015

Lived in Southern CA all my life and had no idea this museum existed. It's hidden in a commercial tower. If you love plein air art, this small museum is all about this beautiful type of painting. Current exhibit is California plein air. Would have liked an audio tape to go along with the exhibit, however.

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San Diego, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 78 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2015

Most people could and probably react in this same manner! I certainly did; and I am a San Diego History of Art professor. In truth, I have heard of Joan Irvine's gem but have never had the pleasure, or should I say, the thrill of actually visiting her small museum. In fact, as of this writing, I am joining/donating to... More 

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Montreal, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2015

I've always enjoyed Impressionist paintings, so I was excited to visit the Irvine Museum and learn about the Californian take on the American Impressionism. Very lovely art pieces in a pleasant setting. I thoroughly enjoyed the visit as the museum is not huge. Don't forget to ask them to validate your parking ticket.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015

This small museum has wonderful paintings, California Impressionists and Plein Air paintings. This was my 2nd visit and the exhibit had just changed.

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Irvine, California
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2015

There is just a little hall with max 30 paintings; weirdly located in an office building. Looks more like a private collection, but the purpose of calling it the Irvine Museum is questionable.

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California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2015

Unique presentation of plane-air art from the collection of Joan Irvine Smith along with other visiting displays which rotates periodically. Free admission and parking validation.

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California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015

My husband and I decided to check out something new when we traveled down the I-405 to Irvine. Parking was complimentary with validation. The museum is in a modern building on the first floor. A handout and the greeter helped us understand and appreciate the California art on display. My sister told me the Irvine Museum is one of her... More 

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Orange County
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2015

This is essentially a museum made up of the holdings of one private collector, Joan Irvine, of the family whose Irish immigrant progenitor is named. A good collection with shows changing on thematic lines. It is an undistinguished space in an office building in a business district. It is certainly worth a visit.

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Sleepy Hollow, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2015

It is a museum dedicated to California Impressionism, and includes some of the loveliest paintings of Yosemite you have ever seen. The museum is free. It is located on the first floor of an office building. Sadly, none of the locals I spoke to knew about it. It is a gem.

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