Founded in 1932, this is likely the best all-around museum in Orange County. The complex has particularly come into its own ... More
Bowers Museum of Cultural Art
Founded in 1932, this is likely the best all-around museum in Orange County. The complex has particularly come into its own since its re-opening in 1992 with expanded and improved exhibition spaces. Created with funds donated by Charles Bowers, the complex was built in the style of the California Missions, and is adorned with murals honoring that motif. Originally intended by Mr. Bowers to focus on local history, the museum has since enlarged its focus to incorporate artifacts from the cultures of Southeast Asia, Oceania, Mexico and Native America.
OK, so this place is actually pretty cool. In the middle of sort-of-urban wasteland, is this sort-of oasis. Easy parking, quality architecture and landscaping greet the innocent visitor. A high quality, chic restaurant (Tangata) is within the museum. The museum itself, well, nowhere close to Boston, New York, Chicago, S.F., L.A. with regards to it's collection in either quality or quantity. Overall, if $17 doesn't mean anything, great. If it means something to you, you'll be pissed off.
This museum is located in southern California's oldest courthouse, which was built in 1901 in the Romanesque Revival style. It
is home to rotating exhibits about local history. Much of the building has been restored to its original state, ...
This museum is home to one of the best collections of the Southern California Mission Indian art and artifacts, including
tools, pottery, ceremonial items, basketry and art. It is a great place to visit, and makes for an educational ...
This truly "hands on" children's museum has something for everyone. The pre school playpark for babies up to five years
can climb and crawl over. The "Kids On Stage" room lets kids dress up, learn about props and all ...