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Hilbert Museum of California Art

167 N Atchison St, Chapman University, Orange, CA 92866-1301
+1 714-516-5880
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Nice small museum

This museum is a part of Chapman University and admission is free. The focus is on Southern... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
JohnOlsen
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Orange, California
Charming museum

This newish museum of California art near downtown Orange is worth a visit. It’s got a nice... read more

Reviewed 31 May 2018
scarpia
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Lake Forest, Ca
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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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Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
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167 N Atchison St, Chapman University, Orange, CA 92866-1301
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+1 714-516-5880
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This museum is a part of Chapman University and admission is free. The focus is on Southern California artists especially from the 1920s to 1970s. A lot of this is the kind of art that made Laguna Beach a famous Art Colony. The exhibits change...More

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Reviewed 31 May 2018 via mobile

This newish museum of California art near downtown Orange is worth a visit. It’s got a nice permanent collection plus fun special exhibitions. Nice way to spend an hour or so.

1  Thank scarpia
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Reviewed 21 May 2018

Great displays of art. The collections were from people who worked for Disney, AAA, Star Wars etc. Very unique and beautiful in style and well worth seeing. Free admission and parking.

2  Thank Jim K
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Reviewed 17 May 2018

I love this museum. It is rather small but loaded with great art. It is close to the train station and very easy to get to, including parking.

2  Thank Joseph D
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Reviewed 7 April 2018

One step away from the orange metrolink station. Very friendly reception wonderful exhibit about illustration.

1  Thank Gail G
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Reviewed 23 January 2018

This museum is probably unknown to most - but it should not remain so as it has excellent collection of Californian art and is moreover free, there is not even a charge for parking, I was particularly impressed by the paintings of the eastern sierras...More

3  Thank Rico M
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Reviewed 7 January 2018

Thus small Museum, Hilbert Museum of California Art, is a true gem. It is associated with Chapman University. Very convent location across the parking lot rom the Orange Train Depot. The exhibits currently on view from Oct. 7, 2017 thru April 7 2018 include American...More

2  Thank lovetotravel92630
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Reviewed 28 December 2017

Looking for a decent museum without having to drive to LA, I found this incredible gem to share with my daughter so close to home (Corona, CA). It's got a small but substantial collection carefully curated. The vibe here was totally relaxed (we went the...More

2  Thank Donna K
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Reviewed 18 December 2017

Orange is somewhat out of the way for most people, a sleepy town in Orange county, home of Chapman University, which has a pleasant campus in the center of town. it turns out that the university has a significant art collection, displayed in a variety...More

1  Thank jeffrey k
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Reviewed 25 November 2017

This small, on-campus art museum is home to a permanent collection of Californian art as well as special exhibitions. Inside you can find landscape paintings and artwork depicting daily life in California. The rotating exhibits vary, but they are typically related to Californian culture like...More

1  Thank Alex Q
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HilbertMuseum, Director at Hilbert Museum of California Art, responded to this reviewResponded 4 December 2017

Thanks, Alex - so glad you enjoyed your visit!

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