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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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  • We traveled to Bowers specifically to see the Frank Lloyd Wright exhibit, which was very good, but there were several other equally good exhibits and a permanent collection that is worth the effort to...  more »
  • The price of admission seems high for their limited collection. I recommend going elsewhere in the LA/OC area. Also, I found some of their staff to be quite rude and unwelcoming.  more »
  • Everytime, I go to this museum I wonder why I don't go more often - especially since we used to be a member and they have a wonderful restaurant. I went with a group of friends to the Frank LLoyd Wrig...  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.
  • Free days on Sundays for residents only. Special exhibits are about $25, regular is $15. There's also a Kidseum. Children under 12 are free. Street parking is pretty easy and they have a pay lot across the street. Nice restaurant on premises and the museum store is worthwhile. This is such a pretty space - Spanish-style architecture with a gorgeous courtyard. They have special dining events here, like a Father's Day brunch...fitting for such a lovely area. The museum itself, the exhibition spaces are quite nice. Some rooms are oddly laid out in places. I visited for the Frida Kahlo Photography exhibit. It was very nice.
  • A gem of culture in Santa Ana. The collection on Chinese culture was fascinating and we'll curated. The California history exhibition was very interesting. And we loved the Frida Kahalo photography exhibition.
  • Beautiful architecture . Nice green space to have a picnic. Deep immersion into California's history

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