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“Trying but Doesn't Make It” 3 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: Art Museums, Children's Museums, History Museums, Cultural
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Owner description: Exhibits specialize in the art of the world's indigenous peoples.
Orange County, California
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138 reviews 138 reviews
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Reviews in 55 cities Reviews in 55 cities
68 helpful votes 68 helpful votes
“Trying but Doesn't Make It”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 15, 2014

Over-priced and pretentious. Bowers thinks of itself as a real museum but comes up short. Special exhibits sometimes are of interest, but invariably the charge is steep. When LA's best museums are free, Bowers is not worth the price.

Visited October 2013
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Alberta, Canada
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309 helpful votes 309 helpful votes
“One of the best museums, of its size, in the world”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2013

Currently (late December, 2013), the museum has three (!) first-rate exhibitions: ethnographic artifacts from the Vatican; romantic paintings from the 19th century; jewelry by Van Cleef and Arpels). If this is any indication of the quality of the BMCA's offerings, this is an amazing place. The permanent collection, concentrating on the Pacific cultures of Melanesia, Micronesia, and Polynesia, as well as on Meso- and South America are excellent. Great boutique. Get in free with a NARM membership!!

Visited December 2013
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San Diego, California
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8 reviews 8 reviews
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
“The Art of Van Cleef & Arpels”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 22, 2013

Went to see just one of the exhibits at the Bower Museum in Santa Ana, Ca.
The Art of Van Cleef & Arpels Jewelry. Over two hundred pieces. Some dating as far back as 1920's. Worth going to see.
There till February 15, 2014

Visited December 2013
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Santa Ana, California
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“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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“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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