If you're looking for a museum in a beautiful setting with interesting collections that you can actually get through in a single visit, the Bowers is for you. The permanent collections of Polynesian art and artifacts and the California history section will delight you and your out-of-town guests. I was also lucky enough to catch the amazing temporary Faberge exhibit. It's exquisite!! My only wish was that for some of the intricate jeweled pieces, I wished they'd had a magnifying glass handy to fully appreciate the level of detail in the pieces.
I took my mom, who very much enjoyed the museum, too. It was a nice mother-daughter day.
Great location, easy to get to. I can't believe I've lived in So Cal my whole life (and even worked less than a mile from the museum for several years!) and this was the first time I visited. It won't be my last.
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