Bowers Museum of Cultural Art, Santa Ana

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Travel around the world in one visit to Bowers Museum of Cultural Art, showcasing cultures from Africa, South Pacific, Asia, Native America, and more. Browse over 60 exhibits on subjects like mummies, the Forbidden City, and even the Terracotta Warriors. Must-see highlights include Old West photographs by Adams, Curtis, and Weston, as well as temple murals by a Buddhist monk. Pick up an audio guide at the entrance for more in-depth explanations of each display. Add Bowers Museum of Cultural Art and other attractions to your Santa Ana trip itinerary using our Santa Ana sightseeing planning app .
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  • I was at the Bowers Museum recently to see predominately the Shackleton Expedition to the South Pole. It was so informative, and so well done. This museum may be a shade smaller in size than many, but...  more »
  • We've been to the Bower's numerous times since we frequently return for special exhibits. They currently have a wonderful exhibit of treasures from the Summer Palace, revolving around Cixi (pronounced...  more »
  • I am a California native and had never been to the Bowers. One Sunday last month, my husband and I decided to enjoy some local museums and went to the Bowers. It is housed in a beautiful Spanish style...  more »
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  • This was totally worth the price. You get up close and personal with rare artifacts. They give you so much story in the exhibits that this is not a quick trip. Plan to spend several hours walking around, reading, looking, gawking at everything. The exhibits are EXPANSIVE and inspiring. The docents are super knowledgeable and so willing to help! And the restaurant has really great food - truly something for everything.
  • My Aunt is a Docent at the Bowers Museum and let my hubby & I know about the new exhibits there. One is about the first expedition to make it to the Antarctic led by Sir Ernest Shackleton back in 1914. The exhibit is very well done, and my attention was held rapt listening to our Docent and seeing all that transpired. There's another beautiful exhibit that features China's Empress Dowager CIXI, with actual items of clothing, pieces of art and gifts she received during her reign. This was extremely informative as well, and being able to look at the pieces in person was a once in a lifetime experience. I'm looking forward to our next visit, which will include a new exhibit for John F Kennedy.
  • Would recommend the Empress Dowager Cixi exhibit especially if you are going to visit the Summer Palace in Beijing (or have already been there). The exhibit makes it clear that the Summer Palace was her home and the artifacts presented tell her story well. She viewed herself as the most powerful woman on earth ahead of Queen Victoria who was her contemporary. You can cover the exhibit in about one hour as it is just one large room. It closes unfortunately on March 11, 2018.
  • I love every visit to the Bowers and have since 1971 when I first visited as a third-grader on a field trip. This past visit (July 2017) was for a program about George Gershwin for which I bought two tickets. The excellent presentation was a combo lecture + historical photos and videos format. Engaging! The Bowers then emailed to me a survey a few days after attending, and I filled it out promptly to receive a free ticket for another program of my choice from its current offerings.
  • Nice small museum. Really like their early California section. Got there about an hour before closing. Cost $10 extra to see the special exhibit, Empress Dowager Cixi. Didn't pay. Peeked through the door, it was very small collection. I have visited The Summer Palace in Beijing. Glad I passed.
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