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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. Put Bowers Museum of Cultural Art and other Santa Ana attractions into our Santa Ana itinerary planner, and watch your holiday take shape.
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  • Very interesting exhibit of tribes of the Pacific Islands. Nice collection of Chinese art. Time it right to get on a docent tour.  more »
  • I attended the lecture series the Bowers offered in connection with the Frida Kahlo photo exhibit. While the lecture series by Jacqueline Hahn was well worth attending, the method the Bowers has in pl...  more »
  • The Bowers Museum is small enough to explore everything in one visit. You can break up your visit with lunch at their excellent cafe. The bonus is that your parking fee is refunded. The museum exhibit...  more »
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  • Residents of Santa Ana get in free on Sundays! We try to go once a month. My 2 year old son loves going. We love when they have Catholic related exhibits. They are very educational for our family and don't mind paying extra to see them. The recent exhibit of Our Lady of Guadalupe was small but great. The video and paintings had an impact on us.
  • It is a cute local museum. It is not very big but they do have some great diversity in the art. They have a nice California section, A really cool Mayan section, a Chinese Section and a South Pacific/head hunters exhibit all part of the permanent collection. They do have some cool exhibitions from time to time. The exhibits are not very big. I wish the museum stayed open later and had more evening activities.
  • Bowers is particularly good for it's traveling exhibits, but the permanent collection is nice too, and well presented. It isn't an enormous museum, but it's bigger than it looks from the outside. It's a very nice place to spend an afternoon, at its least. At best it can be a fascinating and educational experience.
  • Had a very nice time. We also saw the Frida Kali exhibit, couldn't take pics of that exhibit.
  • Cool museum with interesting exhibits. It can be a bit pricey, but they offer many free days and discounts for students. Be prepared to pay $10 for parking, street parking is pretty difficult in the area.