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“Don't miss - world class exhibits” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Bowers Museum of Cultural Art

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 11 attractions in Santa Ana
Type: Children's Museums, Art Museums, History Museums
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Owner description: Exhibits specialize in the art of the world's indigenous peoples.
Santa Ana, California
2 reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
“Don't miss - world class exhibits”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2013

Beautiful museum in a beautiful setting. Very supportive of community organizations and hosts world class exhibits.

Visited November 2013
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Santa Ana, California
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17 reviews 17 reviews
7 attraction reviews
Reviews in 5 cities Reviews in 5 cities
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
“Civilization at ones fingertips!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2013

The Bowers Museum has risen immeasurably over the last decade to one that should not be missed! Programming is excellent and inspired! From the Terra Cotta Warriors to Forbidden City exhibitions, from Medici to Faberge, Bowers has been remarkable! And the cafe restaurant is terrific! (Try the salmon Cobb salad!)

Visited October 2013
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Santa Ana, California
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5 reviews 5 reviews
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
“Always worth a visit”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2013

The Bowers is a small intimate museum and well worth the trip. Sometimes the exhibits are very worthwhile. The lighting in the museum was not done well so it often has dark spots or you are staring directly at light. That is often a complaint of others we know who are members as well.

Visited September 2013
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Huntington Beach, California
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41 reviews 41 reviews
16 attraction reviews
Reviews in 16 cities Reviews in 16 cities
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
“An unexpected delight”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2013

This is not your typical museum. Instead of paintings, the museum displays things like jewelry, pottery, and other handicrafts of various cultures. It has a few permanent displays but what I joined as a member for is its temporary exhibits which change frequently and are invariably interesting. In the past few years I've seen a Faberge exhibit (fabulous), a Hollywood costume exhibit and an exhibit on Benjamin Franklin. The museum also has numerous lectures, an addition to the yearly membership, both on the exhibits, as well as other things like composers such as Rodgers and Hart, and art for the brain. Weekends are very crowded with weekdays much more pleasant for visits. It's worth it to join as a member and go every few months as I do.

Visited November 2013
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Illinois
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13 attraction reviews
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29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
“Great Museum”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2013

Perfect size museum. Phenomenal rates / membership opportunities. VanCleef & Arpel Jewels exhibit was great!!! Wish I had more time to also see the Vatican exhibit. Was very impressed with this museum and will definitely get back again.

Visited November 2013
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