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Bowers Museum of Cultural Art

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Address: 2002 N. Main St. at 20th St., Santa Ana, CA
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+1 714-567-3600
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Tue - Sun 10:00 - 16:00
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Exhibits specialize in the art of the world's indigenous peoples.

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The museum is on the smallish side. Still, would probably take the serious inquirer 4 or so hours. There were several unique and thorough exhibits, including one on Spirits and... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 11 June 2015
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Fort Worth, Texas
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Fort Worth, Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 June 2015

The museum is on the smallish side. Still, would probably take the serious inquirer 4 or so hours. There were several unique and thorough exhibits, including one on Spirits and Headhunters. That was pretty unsettling. But I really learned quite a bit about something I knew little about. Docents were very friendly and helpful. I needed something close to John... More 

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Los Angeles, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 June 2015

Celebrated a cousin's anniversary on tour with 28 friends. The museum is beautifully done, the exhibits are incredible, the docent really knew what she was talking about. Ended with a museum shop tour and brunch on the outside patio. Nice way to spend a day.

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Santa Ana, California
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 May 2015

This is a nice museum in central Orange County. It has limited exhibit space, although this has recently increased. On a visit a while back I was very disappointed that much of the display consisted of photographs of the original art.

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Santa Ana, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 May 2015 via mobile

Went here with my kids. They loved it. There are many artifacts. Unfortunately, my teenager did not care for it much.No surprise there. Overall, its a great and educational place to visit.

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Fullerton, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 May 2015

The Bowers is a wonderful museum. They always have great special exhibits. Most recently, we have enjoyed the terra cotta soldiers which turned out to be so much more. A real surprise was the Madeleine Albright Pin Collection. It was wonderful. This is a small enough museum that you can actually see it in a visit. Seniors' rates. Almost everything... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 May 2015

Usually I am not much into museums but Bowers, for a smaller cith like Santa Ana, is a real sleeper! It gets some of the top displays from around the world! Even King Tut's treasure! Try it you might like it!

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Los Angeles, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 May 2015

I teach college level-classes and I used this museum for a field trip to a special exhibit. However, when we got there, the permanent exhibit was a gold mine!!! Their New Guinea exhibit is extensive, colorful, tasteful, and fabulous. There was very little exoticism and more preservation of culture (though maybe others would disagree). It was hands on experience in... More 

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Santa Ana, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 April 2015

First Sunday of the month is Free Bowers day from kids musuem to other areas way to go Target for sponsoring a day people that wouldnt normally be able to go can see the wonder exhibits

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 April 2015 via mobile

I visited with my 8 and 3 year old grandchildren. It was very interactive! All the activities were available and out for the children. There was a little "RV", instruments, costumes, and different rooms to explore archeology. Also a really cool green screen experience. They were able to make a clay turtle and make a glowing painting in the "Cave",... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 April 2015

The Bowers Museum is just a delight. They have a great restaurant and there are always things going on inside the gates. Their collections are very enjoyable and when there is a special exhibition, they are always worth the visit.

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