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Bowers Museum

Map & Directions 2002 N. Main St.
Santa Ana, CA 92706
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OC Weekly's Description

The Bowers Museum is in Santa Ana. After a couple of massive expansions, it has renovated that earlier reputation, putting its exhibitions on par with anything by the boys with the big endowments. A dynamite Benjamin Franklin exhibit earlier this year, mummies from the Silk Road touring show, rare Rembrandt etchings, samurai art from the Tokyo National Museum, American quilts and some of China's Terra Cotta Warriors are just a few of what we've been able to feast our eyes on, and the impressive list doesn't appear to be ending any time soon. The Bowers is a shining example of what a board of directors (headed by the forward thinking Dr. Peter C. Keller), generous benefactors and a deep respect for the diversity of multiple cultures can do for a (once-) small community museum. And the best person there is Julie Perkins-Lee, who helps out archiving stuff and is a wonderful person!

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The Bowers Museum enriches lives through the world's finest arts and cultures.

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  • OC Weekly on 11/28/11

    Voted Best Art Museum in OC Weekly's Best Of 2011 Issue! Gen. admission also includes admission to the Kidseum! Click the link to download the Best Of app and view more winners!

  • kim l. on 06/08/10

    1st Sunday of month=Free! See Loretta Yang's glass piece in hallway between the 2 entrances. She envisioned herself in the hands of God when she made it. Kidseum is free with Bowers admission.

  • OC Weekly on 04/09/13

    Voted as one of the best art museums in Orange County, the Bowers Museum offers a fun educational experience for your family to enjoy! Check out their calendar for special events, festivals, and more!

  • David P. on 05/29/10

    Come see the silk road exhibit

  • fabian on 06/06/10

    1st sunday of every month are free at the bowers museum

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  • Every Tue., Wed., Thu., Fri., Sat., Sun. until May 18

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  • 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. daily until August 31

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