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Bowers Museum of Cultural Art, Santa Ana

(4.5/5 based on 260+ reviews on the web)
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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  • It has been a long time since I have been their, but I have been going for more then 30 years. Good exhibits, well displayed, very good lectures, and excellent children's experience. 
  • From the moment you walk through the entrance into the exquisite courtyard you get the sense that this is a first class operation. OC is so lucky to have a place to share with pride to your guests. Th...  more »
  • We were amazed at the large size of the museum. Very deceptive from the outside. Great display of numerous ancient artifacts from China and historical artifacts from Polynesia and California. We arriv...  more »
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  • Excellent educational and cultural venue that surpasses expectations for the local area. It actually competes at the level of LACMA or the Natural History Museum in LA and surpasses them routinely by offering unique well acquired exhibitions offered nowhere else. I still remember the Terra Cotta army event several years ago, as well as Egyptian mummy events that were absolutely priceless. Local teachers: You should write grants specifically for this venue. Your students can benefit just as much as from a trip to LA and at a much lower cost.
  • So many interesting I could see here, especially Renaissance art. I don't know much about the art and don't understand, too. However, as long as I could understand what I am seeing, I love it 😃
  • I only visited the exhibition "Ancient Arts of China". Nicely put together. Lighting was good for 99% of displays. Would have been 5 stars if display information cards had more details about objects on display, information was very generalized.
  • Interesting exhibits. But there isn't that much to do or see. It's a relatively small museum when you compare it to others.
  • I've been to this museum a few times and I have always been happy. We have seen the Terra Cotta Warriors and mummies that are thousands of years old. We live in Riverside and it's surprising how quick we can actually get there and back. My 6 year old has a great time while learning. Theres nothing better than that!