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Bowers Museum of Cultural Art

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Address: 2002 N. Main St. at 20th St., Santa Ana, CA
Phone Number: 714-567-3600
10:00 am - 4:00 pm
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Tue - Sun 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

Exhibits specialize in the art of the world's indigenous peoples.

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An Understated Treasure House of History

I like this place very much. It is accessible and you can get up close to an ever changing series of events ... It has some established exhibits but has lots of changing exhibits... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed February 13, 2015
Dave H
Lake Forest, California
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Lake Forest, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 13, 2015

I like this place very much. It is accessible and you can get up close to an ever changing series of events ... It has some established exhibits but has lots of changing exhibits coming in and out. It's great!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 7, 2015

While traveling in Southern Calif this museum with it's current China Lost Civilization exhibition popped-up in an internet search. Never heard of the museum before but was interested in seeing these fantastical ancient bronzes and took a chance on driving down from LA to see the exhibition. This special exhibition thru 15-Mar-15 was worth the visit; but even more impressive... More 

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Tulsa, Oklahoma
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 2, 2015

The temporary Chinese exhibit was quite well done and very interesting. It was very slow on Thursday afternoon so we did not have to fight any crowds. The exhibit about early California history was very educational. The senior price of $15 was a little high but it did include the audio tour. The total experience was enjoyable.

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Carlsbad, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 2, 2015

Terrific pemanant exhibits, interesting traveling exhibits, beautiful venue, great restaurant in the museum. We came fir the first time,loved it so much, we joined for the year, and will be back for every forthcoming exhibit. Thus museum is quite selective in what they exhibit, and the exhibits are mounted with imagination and taste. An afternoon here can't but be rewarding,... More 

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Old Greenwich, Connecticut
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2015

We stopped to see an exhibit of Chinese bronzes. Our first visit to this small but well endowed museum. The fact they were one of only two museums showing the Sanxingdui works was impressive. Well mounted as were their African works and those of the far east, we plan to go back when we are in S. Caif again Even... More 

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Palm Springs, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2015

We just went to the Bowers Museum, and saw their exhibit, LOST CIVILIZATION. THE MYSTERY OF SANXINGDUI. It was our first trip there, but it won't be our last, and this exhibit is just phenomenal. Be sure and get the electronic guide as it is free and gives you a wonderful presentation by archaeologists. It is a small museum but... More 

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Pasadena, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2015

Bowers is a progressive museum with traditional exhibits. I don't live in Santa Ana but maintain a membership and will travel there for very interesting exhibits.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2015

I only came to the Bowers Museum to listen to a Holocaust speaker but I had extra time to see the exhibits. I really liked the Chinese history and Egyptian stuff. There isn't an overwhelming amount of things to see but it's a nice day to spend.

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Los Angeles, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2014

Although the Bowers Museum is not close to my home, we manage to visit about once a year to see the great temporary exhibits that just keep coming. There are many permanent exhibits, one on Head Hunters, others on local history, and another on Chinese culture. The two exhibits that brought us today were Chinas Lost Civilization and Flying Horses.... More 

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Santa Ana, California, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 19, 2014

Not so big that you get Museum-itis, as in "I cannot look at another thing!" Permanent collection always satisfying and good rotating exhibits. Friendly staff, reasonable prices, tranquil, nice grounds if you don't want to go inside. The restaurant is particularly good, again, not unreasonably priced. Parking is easy. Another little gem of Santa Ana.

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