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Bowers Museum of Cultural Art

2002 N. Main St. at 20th St., Santa Ana, CA
714-567-3600
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Ranked #1 of 13 Attractions in Santa Ana
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Children's Museums, Art Museums, History Museums
Description: Exhibits specialize in the art of the world's indigenous peoples.
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Irvine, Ca.
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41 reviews 41 reviews
17 attraction reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2014

Typically, I get bored at museums, but I saw a Groupon so I decided to give Bowers a try. I really really liked it! They had a variety of exhibits which kept me interested. The gardens outside the museum are lovely, and the layout of the museum is nice, too. All of the staff that we encountered were extremely knowledgeable... More

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Santa Ana, California
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248 reviews 248 reviews
22 attraction reviews
151 helpful votes 151 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014

The Kidseum is a separate building from Bowers Museum and is a building dedicated to children's interests. Our grandchildren enjoyed the costumes, making pictures, having their faces painted (one a butterfly and the other a cheetah) as well as the history and artifacts. You should know, too, that THERE IS FREE PARKING in the back of the building. We all... More

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Tustin, California, USA
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3 reviews 3 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014

We've been visiting the Bowers for many year. They do an excellent job of creating standing exhibits and special shows that are interesting and informative. They tend to focus on the Pacific rim (Asia and parts of South America for instance) and the shows are always first class. If you're interesting at looking at unique historical artifacts, this is the... More

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west covina california
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34 reviews 34 reviews
12 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2014

Rated the number 1 attraction in Santa Ana on Trip Advisior, and I now know why. The Museum is spacious and has several large exhibs. The museum is easy to navigate and allows you to move from exhibit to exhibit with out much backtracking. There appears to be a number of traveling exhibits that come to this museum. Be sure... More

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San Antonio, Texas
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27 reviews 27 reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2014

Our Orange County friend is a docent at this museum. We arranged to meet her at the museum after her tour of duty was finished and she took us through the animal mummy exhibit herself. Afterwards, she showed us the notebook of information that is provided to docents to increase their knowledge of the current exhibit. We also toured the... More

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Los Angeles, California
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295 reviews 295 reviews
89 attraction reviews
79 helpful votes 79 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2014

I'd heard about the Bowers Museum because that's where American Research Center in Egypt / Orange County lectures are held, but I'd never been there. That changed when my girlfriend and I visited to see the Soulful Creatures: Animal Mummies in Ancient Egypt exhibition and to hear Dr. Salima Ikram's lecture Manufacturing Divinities: Creating Animal Mummies in Ancient Egypt. This... More

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Santa Ana, California
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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

I love the intimate size of this fine museum. It is truly one of the best museums in Southern California and has a constantly changing variety of important displays.

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Los Angeles, California, United States
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216 reviews 216 reviews
79 attraction reviews
73 helpful votes 73 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2014

I have been going to the Bowers for years but did not know this annex existed It is 2 blocks away and has lots of craft, interactive and educational activities for kids under 10 years old. When we walked in the door, the docent said " you can touch everything in this building", music to Livia's ears! My grand daughter... More

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Costa Mesa, California, United States
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186 reviews 186 reviews
112 attraction reviews
112 helpful votes 112 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2014

My original review discussed the Bowers in general. Following are exhibit-specific reviews of the temporary installations (“ongoing” ones not included) which I saw during my most recent visit: Soulful Creatures: Animal Mummies in Ancient Egypt (closes 6/15). This was pretty interesting, as I had no idea that ancient Egyptians spent so much time mummifying animals. I believe everything comes from... More

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Irvine, California
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83 reviews 83 reviews
28 attraction reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2014

Suggest you go to the Discovery Science Center and then drive the short distance over to the Bowers Museum and have lunch at their wonderful cafe!

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