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Bowers Museum

2002 North Main Street

Celebrate world cultures through their arts.

Mission :
The Bowers Museum of Cultural Art, promotes education and understanding by bringing the world’s great cultural art to people of all ages.

About Us :
One of Southern California's finest museums and Orange County's largest, the Bowers Museum is one of the only museums in the United States devoted to promoting human understanding through art. Its state of the art special exhibition and collection storage facilities enable the Bowers to present world class exhibitions and preserve collections of cultural art for future generations. International partnerships have been developed with the Palace Museum, Beijing, the British Museum, and many others. Its location, close to four major freeways and four miles south of Disneyland, makes the Bowers an ideal destination for visitors to Southern California

History :
The Charles W. Bowers Memorial Museum first opened its doors in 1936 as a city-run museum devoted primarily to the history of Orange County. In the mid-1980's, the City of Santa Ana closed the museum with the understanding that after careful study and a great deal of input from the community, the museum would be reopened as a totally transformed museum, ready to meet the challenges of the 21st century. In October of 1992, The Bowers Museum of Cultural Art (some six times larger than the original Bowers Museum) opened its doors to a crowd of over 17,000 people. Since this highly successful reopening, the museum has presented over 45 special exhibitions from all over the world, opened six permanent galleries, and watched its membership grow to over 5,000 members. It has been accredited by the American Association of Museums, and been widely acclaimed in many national magazines including U.S. News & World Report.


Erin Heitman

Saturday, June 30, 2018
The museum movies free visit on Sundays to people from Santa Ana and I really enjoy that because for a broke student like me it's really beneficial. And also had a good variety paintings, sculptures, history, and culture that you could explore. There's always staff walking around asking if you need assistance or simply providing more knowledge about what you're looking at. She was telling my friend about the statue's meaning towards the culture they came from and what the symbols carved into the sculpture meant.

Zaida Hargrove

Monday, July 23, 2018
This facility has some very interesting art work and displays that change often. The auditorium is large and comfortable. There is a $6.00 parking fee, waived on my visit due to a seminar I was attending. Really nice gift shop and restaurant.

Daniel Rodrigues

Friday, June 29, 2018
Unbelievable! Love this place. Always something totally surprising to find. Also store is amazing, I got a beautiful singing bowl to gift to someone and the wrapping job was so much above and beyond, I was so impressed. The lady in the store actually makes the paper flower on the bag, talent everywhere in this place!

Matt Collins

Sunday, June 3, 2018
This large museum occupies a landmark mission-style building with a bell tower and an open courtyard along with two large additions completed in 1992 and 2007. Extensive permanent and changing exhibits reflect cultural arts from all over the world. The museum restaurant is called Tangata and has great food! Adult admission is $15. Parking is $6. There is also limited parking on neighborhood streets nearby.

Artsy Feline

Saturday, July 14, 2018
Had a long, leisurely lunch there. Food was well prepared and nicely presented. Our waiter was gracious and accomodating allowing us plenty of time for conversation. Would certainly go again.

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