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Orange County Museum of Art

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Address: 850 San Clemente Drive, Newport Beach, CA 92660
Phone Number: 949-759-1122, 949-759-4848
11:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Wed 11:00 am - 5:00 pm
Thu 11:00 am - 8:00 pm
Fri - Sun 11:00 am - 5:00 pm

The museum endeavors to provide the community with a comprehensive program...

The museum endeavors to provide the community with a comprehensive program of art with an emphasis on independent thinking.

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Interesting space dependent on current exhibitions

We were excited to visit the museum as there seems to be a dearth of good art museums in Orange County and based on their website, this museum holds some nice works in their... read more

3 of 5 starsReviewed April 17, 2016
Mike Z
Perrysburg, Ohio
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2016

Marilyn Minter exhibit should not be missed. Cool building. Check out the trees out front. Strange entrance made me miss it twice, not sure why it is so difficult to outline an entrance. And, drive all the way in to the parking lot because the first area is the administration building only - not the public entrance. Again, why isn't... More 

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Perrysburg, Ohio
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2016 via mobile

We were excited to visit the museum as there seems to be a dearth of good art museums in Orange County and based on their website, this museum holds some nice works in their permanent collection. We were disappointed, though, when visiting in that little of their collection was on display. There was retrospective of a contemporary artist that took... More 

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed January 29, 2016

I love art museums but there $10 admission charge with a lack of a permanent collection is sad. The building and grounds are underwhelming. If you have a limited amount of time, this is not worth your valuable time.

Thank chicago90Phoenix
Somerville, New Jersey
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 6, 2015

I enjoy going to museums. I am the kind of person who reads the placards on every exhibited item, enjoys audio tours, etc. I state that first so anyone reading this review can understand how let-down I was when I went to this museum. It is VERY small (the size of a wing in most museums). Even watching all the... More 

Thank Margi B
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 27, 2015 via mobile

A quick feast for the senses, combines techno visual artistic displays with symphonies of sound to tantalize and delight. Multiple galleries included colorful tactile sculptures of contemporary materials, videos, wordography and pictographs.

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Orange County, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2015

Assemblage, a word that we learned in school as we gazed upon many collections from Getty initiated Pacific Standard Time, which OCMA played an important part. Robert Rauschenberg is called the first postmodern artist, born in 1925 to 2008. He blended materials and methods as any enfant terrible can. Now at OCMA we can view his combines collages and though... More 

Thank Loren B
Orange, California
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2015

Before LA had a legit Modern Art museum, this place got a lot of donor money. That's kind of dried up and with it the big shows. It's really just a small regional museum now.

Thank JohnOlsen
Huntington Beach, California
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2015

I have been to many museums in many countries. This was the most expensive one which offered very very little. Do not go here thinking "museum" and do not waster your money. Not sure when I was there but quite awhile ago, and have no desire to try again.

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Las Vegas, Nevada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2015

This place has the most interesting art I have ever seen. It is a smaller museum and that made it more comfortable.

Thank Lenny G
San Francisco, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2015

Went to a private party here and it was lovely. The site is perfect for a private event. Very nicely done, open and inviting.

Thank yoginiflygirl

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