Hilbert Museum of California Art

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Hilbert Museum of California Art

Hilbert Museum of California Art
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11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
About
The Hilbert Museum of California Art at Chapman University, which opened in 2016, was established thanks to the generosity of Mark and Janet Hilbert, whose superlative collection focuses on the “California Scene” painting movement of roughly the 1920s through the 1970s and beyond. The Hilbert Collection – which includes oils, watercolors, sketches and lithographs of rural and urban scenes, coastal views, farms, ranches, freeways and landscapes of everyday life in the Golden State – is a significant repository of 20th-century representational art by California artists. The Collection also includes animation and movie art (many California fine artists were drawn to the state by work in the movie industry, including as animators, background painters, set and backdrop designers and poster artists) and works by noted American illustrators.
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  • Orange Station • 1 min walk
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James Weaver
Irvine, CA2,171 contributions
One mans collection, amazing diversity....
Feb 2020 • Couples
This was a part of the collection, California Scene Paintings. Oils and watercolors of various places and scenes of California, lots of Los Angeles and Orange Country. I remember some of the places from my youth, having been born in Orange County in 1950 and lived here since. I do remember a trip up Angels Flight the family took just prior to it being closed in the 1960’s. Inclined railways continue to exist, but they are few and far between. The 5 freeway being built through Anaheim, the last remaining winery buildings towards Ball Road being removed. Yes, Anaheim had winery’s at one time, before the Orange Groves, yes Anaheim had Orange Groves at one time before all the housing. It was a very different experience in the 1950’s. This exhibit will show you some of it. One memorable piece shows Chavez Ravine, the area where Dodger Stadium now exists. It was a very controversial issue to displace all of the Mexican population at the time.
Written February 14, 2020
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scott r
Silver Spring, MD502 contributions
Pleasant little museum of CA local art and the transformation of LA/Orange County
Jan 2020
I'm not a local, so I'd call this 'good' (3.5) stars rather than very good, but you have to give credit for trying - and the fact that this is free. There's a lot of art & photography documenting the impact of LA development, especially the freeway system. The rotating collection is better than the permanent, and the romance stuff - well, just not my thing. But you can spend an hour or so contemplating the rest.
Written February 4, 2020
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02corvette
Marietta, GA1,205 contributions
surprisingly interesting museum
Nov 2019
My dtr and I went 'museuming' while our husbands went elsewhere for the day. This was our first stop as she wanted so much to see the Mary Blair exhibit. Additionally there was an exhibit of " A fine Romance" love scenes for classic movies as well as one about Los Angeles area scene paintings. What a treat!!! And free!!. Parking is right out front. The docents were so kind and explained a number of things about the exhibits as well as the museum itselt which is on the campus of Chapman University. We got there early in the day on a Saturday just after T-giving and by the time we left, there were a goodly number of people there. Most wanted to see the extended exhibit of Mary Blair who did a lot of Disney things.
Written January 25, 2020
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galapagoer
California36 contributions
Must See in Orange, CA
Jan 2020
This intimate museum has an impressive permanent collection of art relating to California. Located near the charming town of Orange, it is affiliated with Chapman University and is free to the public. I have seen a number of the exhibits there and have always been pleased with the quality of the art displayed and its cultural and historical significance relating to California. The museum has plans to expand in the future. It is a gem.
Written January 18, 2020
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Paula G
Orange County, CA3 contributions
The Mary Blair exhibit.
Oct 2019
I decided to go to the Hilbert Museum which is a small intimate space. I went to see what paintings by Mary Blair were on exhibit. I liked being able to take my time and see what the exhibitor has on permanent display after I have seen the exhibit that I came to see.
Written October 28, 2019
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Bill G
Santa Ana, CA266 contributions
Surprisingly attractive little gem near Old Town Orange
Sep 2019
We were at the museum for a talk given by a friend and were impressed by the collection and the quality of art. We didn't have time to browse and properly appreciate all that is there, but plan to return and do it the justice it deserves. A nice bonus is free admission...!!

On either end of your visit, you can also get food and refreshments across the street at the old Santa Fe Depot.
Written September 18, 2019
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Kkohara
Los Angeles, CA46 contributions
Hilbert Musuem -enjoyable exhibit!
Jul 2019
I saw that this musuem was going to have an exhibition on Mary Blair in the Westway magazine which peaked my interest. Since it's summer, I like to try to have an art day with my kids and thought they would enjoy this musuem. My husband is also an artist and always liked Mary Blair's work at Disneyland. We enjoyed the small size musuem which was located in Orange. Also, free of charge, you can make a donation. Parking is in front of the musuem; just ask for a parking slip at the front desk (also free). At this time, the musuem was showing the Gardena High School - California paintings. I was unaware of this exhibit, but that was great since i had attended GHS as well. There was also a small showing of Norman Rockwell covers and an original pencil sketch. One of my husband's favorite artist, so we all enjoyed the variety this little musuem offered.
Written August 5, 2019
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LindainLakewood
Lakewood, CA203 contributions
A small but very nice museum
Jul 2019 • Friends
I had never heard of this museum but I saw an ad in Westways Magazine for a display of Mary Blair art so I went with a friend who also loves all things Disney. The museum is part of Chapman College in the city of Orange. Admission and parking are free. The display of gouache paintings by Mary Blair includes mainly Alice in Wonderland and Its a Small World art. There was also a collection of works by Norman Rockwell. I am not familiar with most of the paintings by California artists. It’s very small so easy to walk around. You can also walk there from the center of Orange.
Written July 22, 2019
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L P
Los Angeles, CA129 contributions
A Gem of a Find in Orange.
Jul 2019 • Solo
Like most I was drawn to the museum because of Mary Blair Exhibit, I didn't know anything else about it until I arrived. The Mary Blair exhibit was small but significant. A true inspiration to artists, specifically female artists who was respected by one of the most important creators of animated films. However I was truly impressed by the "Gifted" exhibit, an art collection of impressionists started 100 years ago by high school students of Gardena. In the current age of social media and self entitlement, there was a time when students engaged with the art community not only for their own enrichment but for their community as well. The students created a wonderful collection. The weekend I visited, there was a small Norman Rockwell exhibit. His work is always fun to explore no matter what media it is on. Make sure to use the restrooms, there is small Surf collection in the hallway near the fax machine! I was there for 1.5 hours, reading all the card and plaques. A lovely open space for lots of movement with out crowding. I'll be keeping and eye out for future exhibits. Free parking, free admission, but there is a donation box. The surrounding neighborhood looked great with restaurants, the train station across the parking lot and a Farmers Market near by.
Written July 7, 2019
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colombo2018
Orange, CA3 contributions
Hilbert Museum Visit
Apr 2019 • Family
It was very entertaining with quite a collection of art. I really enjoyed the Huell Howser exhibit. Plenty to see for all members of the family.
Written July 3, 2019
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