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Bowers Museum of Cultural Art

Address: 2002 N. Main St. at 20th St., Santa Ana, CA
Phone Number: 714-567-3600
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Ranked #1 of 11 Attractions in Santa Ana
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Art Museums, Children's Museums, History Museums, Museums
Owner description: Exhibits specialize in the art of the world's indigenous peoples.
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Type: Art Museums, Children's Museums, History Museums, Museums
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Tue - Sun 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Owner description: Exhibits specialize in the art of the world's indigenous peoples.

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Old Greenwich, Connecticut
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18 reviews 18 reviews
5 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2015 NEW

We stopped to see an exhibit of Chinese bronzes. Our first visit to this small but well endowed museum. The fact they were one of only two museums showing the Sanxingdui works was impressive. Well mounted as were their African works and those of the far east, we plan to go back when we are in S. Caif again Even... More 

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Palm Springs, California
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52 reviews 52 reviews
10 attraction reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2015

We just went to the Bowers Museum, and saw their exhibit, LOST CIVILIZATION. THE MYSTERY OF SANXINGDUI. It was our first trip there, but it won't be our last, and this exhibit is just phenomenal. Be sure and get the electronic guide as it is free and gives you a wonderful presentation by archaeologists. It is a small museum but... More 

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Pasadena, California
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110 reviews 110 reviews
63 attraction reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2015

Bowers is a progressive museum with traditional exhibits. I don't live in Santa Ana but maintain a membership and will travel there for very interesting exhibits.

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los angeles
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184 reviews 184 reviews
104 attraction reviews
91 helpful votes 91 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2015

I only came to the Bowers Museum to listen to a Holocaust speaker but I had extra time to see the exhibits. I really liked the Chinese history and Egyptian stuff. There isn't an overwhelming amount of things to see but it's a nice day to spend.

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Los Angeles, California
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126 reviews 126 reviews
99 attraction reviews
72 helpful votes 72 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2014

Although the Bowers Museum is not close to my home, we manage to visit about once a year to see the great temporary exhibits that just keep coming. There are many permanent exhibits, one on Head Hunters, others on local history, and another on Chinese culture. The two exhibits that brought us today were Chinas Lost Civilization and Flying Horses.... More 

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Santa Ana, California, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 19, 2014

Not so big that you get Museum-itis, as in "I cannot look at another thing!" Permanent collection always satisfying and good rotating exhibits. Friendly staff, reasonable prices, tranquil, nice grounds if you don't want to go inside. The restaurant is particularly good, again, not unreasonably priced. Parking is easy. Another little gem of Santa Ana.

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13 reviews 13 reviews
5 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2014

Obviously if you're a museum person you'll love it. Simple as that. It's a nice place to go with family or on a date. It's a place for anyone who wants to know a little more

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San Diego, California
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11 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2014

Go to the Bowers Museum for the current exhibit -- "China's Lost Civilization: The Mystery of San xingdui" -- that questions traditionally dating and place of Chinese culture. This special exhibit has both stunning pieces, good video support, and raises intriguing questions. In addition the museum came alive with music on the front patio, kids activities in the parking lot... More 

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mattpoisett
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174 reviews 174 reviews
73 attraction reviews
62 helpful votes 62 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2014

We went to see the exhibit. They give free audio and docent tours for the museum. We spent 3 hours at the museum. The area is well laid out and beautiful items are on display. Parking is adjacent to the museum. A great afternoon.

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Orange County, California
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24 reviews 24 reviews
11 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 14, 2014

The Bowers Museum stands out as a gleaming jewel in Orange County. It houses records of multiple cultures in which one can investigate. The permanent collection references native west and southwest people. An array of objects represent the creative output of people from prehistoric to contemporary times. You will see exquisite rudimentary tools, jewelry, basketry,and pottery. Bowers has a steady... More 

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