We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

The Irvine Museum

18881 Von Karman Avenue Ste. 100, (Ground Level), Irvine, CA 92612
949 476 2565
Improve this listing
Got a photo?
Add it.
Ranked #3 of 16 Attractions in Irvine
Type: Art Museums, Museums
More attraction details
Attraction details
Owner description: The Irvine Museum is dedicated to the preservation and display of California art of the Impressionist Period.

Hotels near The Irvine Museum

Write a Review

18 reviews from our community

Visitor rating
Date | Rating
  • English first
  • Any
English first
Irvine, California
Senior Reviewer
8 reviews 8 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

Hidden in Irvine is the most wonderful collection of California Impressionist paintings. Don't be fooled by the low-key location. This is a major collection, and when it was on tour in Portland, Oregon, the gallery there was packed.

Was this review helpful? Yes
Los Angeles, California
Senior Contributor
31 reviews 31 reviews
5 attraction reviews
52 helpful votes 52 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

Was this review helpful? Yes 4
Top Contributor
174 reviews 174 reviews
27 attraction reviews
83 helpful votes 83 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."

Was this review helpful? Yes 4
Sierra Vista, Arizona
Senior Contributor
39 reviews 39 reviews
11 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 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.

Was this review helpful? Yes 2
Issaquah, Washington
Senior Reviewer
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.

Was this review helpful? Yes
Riverside, California
Senior Contributor
28 reviews 28 reviews
12 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

Was this review helpful? Yes
Irvine, California
Top Contributor
60 reviews 60 reviews
22 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 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.

Was this review helpful? Yes
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

Was this review helpful? Yes 2
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

Was this review helpful? Yes 2
Winchester VA
Top Contributor
134 reviews 134 reviews
15 attraction reviews
84 helpful votes 84 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

Was this review helpful? Yes 1

Travelers who viewed The Irvine Museum also viewed

Irvine, Orange County

Been to The Irvine Museum? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Owners: What's your side of the story?

Register now for free — and start getting automatic notification of new reviews, responding to traveler feedback, adding new photos to your listing and much more.

Manage your listing