Founded in 1932, The Bowers Museum is one of Southern Californias’s finest museums for cultural art and Orange County’s largest. With over 100,000 pieces in the entire collection, enjoy a litany of pre-Columbian, Mesoamerican Native American, Asian, African, and Oceanic art. It is the overall goal of the museum to promote human understanding through art and it’s a must-see destination when flying into John Wayne and visiting Orange County.
Continue reading for a comprehensive visitor’s guide to the museum!
Bowers Museum Overview
Along with amazing works of art, the Bowers Museum boasts an ideal Southern California location. Its Downtown Santa Ana campus is near four major freeways, Disneyland, local universities, John Wayne Airport, beaches and plenty more. After more than eight years of growth, it’s the perfect time to experience the new and improved Bowers Museum.
Once a small museum focusing only on Orange County history, Bowers is now regarded as a top tier destination for cultural art in Southern California. It now represents the growing demographics of a more diverse Orange County. On top of other improvements, the museum offers a premier dining option, youth programs, special events, talks, music performances, teen programs, workshops, and plenty more.
Bowers Museum FAQs
How do I buy tickets?
All children under the age of 12 get in for free, while adults get in during the week for $13 and $15 on the weekends. Senior citizens (62+) and students (12+), on the other hand, only pay $10 on weekdays and $12 on weekends. You can also purchase group tickets, coordinate school tours, enjoy a year of free admission by becoming a Bowers Museum Member
What are the Museum’s hours?
Open Tuesday-Sunday 10am – 4pm (*Closed on Fourth of July, Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Year’s Day)
How do I get there?
The museum is located at the corner of 20th & Main Streets in Santa Ana – one minute from the 5 freeway, (Main St. South exit) and just minutes from the 57, 55 and 22 freeways. Parking Lots are available directly north and south of the museum for a $6 fee. Nearby metered and timed street parking is also available. Bowers Museum Members have the exclusive opportunity to purchase an Annual Parking Pass for $20.
Does The Bowers Museum host weddings and private events?
The Bowers Museum is a popular destination for weddings and private events with the added benefit of on-site catering and attentive wait staff. Contact the Museum to set up your next ceremony, elegant reception, formal dinner, casual banquet, or business meeting.
Is photography/video allowed inside the museum?
Here’s what the Bowers Museum has to say when it comes to photo and video:
“As a visitor to the museum, you hereby grant to Bowers Museum the irrevocable and unrestricted right to use and publish photographs or video of you for Bowers Museum publications, electronic reproductions (websites, social media) and/or promotional materials or any other purpose and in any manner or medium. In addition, you grant permission to alter the same without restriction; and to copyright the same.
You further acknowledge that by entering the property of the Bowers Museum that your participation is voluntary and you will not receive financial compensation of any type associated with the taking or publication of photographs and or videos or participation in company marketing materials or other publications. You acknowledge and agree that publication of said photos and or videos confers no rights of ownership or royalties whatsoever.
You hereby release Bowers Museum, its contractors, its employees, and any third parties involved in the creation or publication of marketing materials, from liability for any claims by you or any third party in connection with your participation.”
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