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“Very DisapointingI Only go if it's free.”

Orange County Museum of Art
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Owner description: The museum endeavors to provide the community with a comprehensive program of art with an emphasis on independent thinking.
Reviewed June 25, 2011

I like contempory art and the museum currently has an Alexander Calder exhibit. Calder is known as the creator/inventer of the mobile. Mobiles, of course, are designed to change constantly because of wind, sunlite, even someone waking past them creating a change in the air flow. This museum, remarkably, had no air flow going. The pieces were totally static. You were instructed not to blow on them. I saw a grandfather walking his granddaughter, probabaly about 10 years old, thru the exhibit and she blew on a mobile. She was immediately yelled at by some kid 'guard'. Rediculous! This art is designed to move! Later, I was down on my hands and knees because I wanted to see how a large mobil was balanced and one of my hands happened to touch the outside of the platform the the mobile was standing on. I got yelled at!

All this yelling and not much pleasure (it's a very small exhibit, only about 40% of it Calder) and I had the 'honor' of paying $12.00 for the 'privilage' Never again.

It appears that the 'Second Sunday' of every month is free. Only go then----and try not to exhale.

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Reviewed April 26, 2011

My daughter (a recent graduate of Cal Poly SLO with fine arts degree), and I went to OCMA last week. I could not believe Orange County would have such a tiny art museum. Literally 2 rooms on the bottom floor of building that took about 5 min. to tour. I requested a refund and received one. Someone start fund raising and build a new or enlarged museum on this site. Unbelievable. If you want to see a good art museum, go to the Palm Springs Museum of Art, it is wonderful, and that is a small city. Of course, the Getty Museum has no equal and is an all day event. The Santa Barbara Art Museum is very good & is a two story structure with lots of art to see in about 2+ hours. Don't waste your time or money on the Orange County Art Museum.

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Reviewed February 9, 2011

Interesting place, but they have soup cans and a photocopy of Mona Lisa with a moustache on the wall. I mean, since when is that art? Well, it's a MoMA, I guess. I got what I expected.

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Reviewed October 4, 2006

This art museum is pretty nice, located near Fashion Island. They have an extensive modern art collection and feature a lot of California artists. On Thursdays, admission is free, and occassionally they have bands playing there at night. It's pretty interesting.

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Reviewed April 28, 2017
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