Search More

Locations

Bowers Museum

2002 N. Main St. Santa Ana, CA 92706 | Santa Ana | 714-567-3600

Location 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!


Related Stories (43)

Details

Related Stories

  • Calendar:
    Cinema Italiano, Bowers Museum's partnership with the Italian Cultural Arts Council, continues today with another contemporary Italian film titled Escort in Love—and as you wonder...
  • Culture:
    When my cat Smudge developed cancer a couple of months back and we had to put her down, I wrapped her in a towel and held her close to me, stroking her and talking softly while the vet...
  • Calendar:
    If Immortal Beloved and Eroica just didn't satisfy that need for all things Ludwig Van, then, well, you've probably already seen 2006's Copying Beethoven. But for those who haven't, we...
  • Calendar:
    Art buffs are in for a delight this Wednesday afternoon as the Bowers Museum screens Vermeer and Music: The Art of Love and Leisure. This 2013 documentary takes a look at the significant...
  • Calendar:
    If your eyelashes are still a-flutterin' from Baz Luhrmann's latest cinematic whirlwind, and you've been scouring flea markets for years, searching for that perfect Tamara de Lempicka...
  • Culture:
    Politics, dead Egyptian pets, historical figures, Jean-Luc Godard, anime, pinup girls and charity galore, most of it free. Welcome to the First Half of 2014 Art Preview (in alphabetical...
  • Calendar:
    When Edvard Munch created his Scream of Nature series, four paintings of "The Scream" in different mediums, he probably had no idea that he'd change the face (so to speak) of modern art....
  • Calendar:
    Get your Winter Solstice on early before the crowds descend on Dec. 21 to celebrate the rebirth of the world and beginning of what was known in the Bronze Age as “the famine...
  • Calendar:
    For those who hear the words "art" and "revolution" and immediately picture a Banksy stencil, it’s time to broaden your horizons. The Bowers Museum’s latest exhibit, "Revolution...
  • Calendar:
    This 1956 multiple-Oscar-winning film is considered a cinematic classic, but The King and I is actually banned in Thailand where, because the country's royal family is held in such high...
  • Calendar:
    Sadly, the majority of Italian culture we’re exposed to these days comes in the form of the Real Housewives of New Jersey marathons and Dominos Pizza delivery (hopefully together!)....
  • Calendar:
    In accordance with the Bowers Museum's current exhibit, "Gems of the Medici," a sparkling display of jewels from one of Italy's wealthiest and most powerful families, the museum hosts a...
  • Calendar:
    Joni Mitchell’s classic song “For Free” observed that lone musician playing real good, for free, and, yes, for freedom. The Bowers Museum hosts its annual summer civic...
  • Culture:
    For more than three centuries, the Medici dynasty ran Florence, Italy, becoming the most influential art patrons the world has ever known. The multinational bankers kickstarted the...
  • Film:
    While local cinephiles are rightfully counting down the days until the Newport Beach Film Festival kicks off (and don't forget to pick up our cover story on the shindig in two weeks!),...
  • Calendar:
    Harold Arlen is considered one of popular music's most under-acknowledged songwriters ever. Of the 500-plus songs he penned, probably the most recognizable is "Somewhere Over the Rainbow"...
  • Culture:
    One of the areas that never gets much attention in a film (at least not by the audience) is costume design—unless someone's dressed like a giant clam, of course, and we haven't seen...
  • Navel Gazing: OC Bookly
    The late Maurice Sendak's In the Night Kitchen is a story of dreams, childhood rebellion, baking children (a la Grimm), heroism and, yes, love and freedom, featuring male frontal nudity,...
  • Calendar:
    The Bowers Museum finally propels itself into cool with an interview of one of the finest actresses to ever grace the American screen. Piper Laurie wasn’t just Carrie White’s...
  • Calendar:
    On the first Sunday of every month, Bowers Museum opens its doors for free admission through sponsorships from the Target Corporation and the Nicholas Endowment. Families can enjoy a themed...
  • Calendar:
    Take a behind-the-seams look at "the world's greatest museum of art and design" with this documentary screening at the Bowers Museum. Focusing in on the Victoria and Albert Museum's...
  • Calendar:
    Even as the 85th anniversary of the Academy Awards approaches, those famous golden statuettes continue to attract millions of television viewers. The Oscar for Best original Song (handed out...
  • Calendar:
    After filling up on turkey and stuffing the night before, spend the evening visiting the Bowers Museum during its After Hours program—a chance to explore the museum’s galleries...
  • Calendar:
    For this installment of Bowers' Cinema Italiano, a periodic screening of artistic, intelligent films straight from the land of pasta, the museum presents 2009's The Sicilian Girl. This...
  • Calendar:
    Put together a married boyfriend, a suicidal young woman, and a priest attempting to honor his vow of celibacy, and you have the quirky 1971 romantic comedy, The Priest’s Wife. After...
  • Calendar:
    Jewel-encrusted Easter eggs, a famous Russian artist and the Royal family are the subjects of a two-part lecture series on Art Nouveau at Bowers Museum—for the non-art history majors,...
  • Calendar:
    Few characters from the big screen become so iconic that their popularity manages to span multiple generations. Tales of Robin Hood, an outlaw and leader of an army of Merry Men, began...
  • Calendar:
    Cinco de Mayo is officially over and all that remains are splitting hangovers, three-digit credit card charges at the bar, and perhaps some mysterious stains on the carpet. As sweet relief...
  • Calendar:
    In Laura Hillman's autobiography, I Will Plant You a Lilac Tree: A Memoir of a Schindler`s List Survivor, the author recounts her harrowing march through eight concentration...
  • Calendar:
    Excuse the hell out of us, but when we hear about large, fragrant leaves compressed into bricks that become more flavorful, complex and mellow, we start hunting up the beanbag, our old tapes...
  • Calendar:
    An Irishman, it’s said, is the only man in the world who’d step over 12 naked women to get to a bottle of stout. Well, we’d do the same—for pudding. For pudding, we...
  • Calendar:
    Spend the afternoon learning about Chinese culture with this hands-on art workshop. Award-winning professional artist (not to mention member of California Art Club and advisor to both the...
  • Calendar:
    The newest exhibit at Bowers Museum goes deep into the underground empires of royal tombs from three of China's most influential dynasties: the Qin, the Han and the Tang. For this sequel to...
  • Culture:
    Centuries before the United States sent armies to the Middle East to gain or preserve potential petroleum reserves, American ships slaughtered whales for their blubber. We now look at that...
  • News:
    * This article was modified on June 24, 2011. In a county grouped by fundamental divisions—North County vs. South County, Republican vs. Democrat, Stanton vs. everyone else—there...
  • Culture:
    Summer's here, it's a holiday, school is out, now it's time to play—and even if you don't know the lyrics to that famous Annette Funicello Bikini Beach theme song, you can still head...
  • Calendar:
    "Scrimshaw: The Art and Craft of the American Whaler" celebrates this wholly unique American folk art, capturing the harsh, beautiful and sometimes cruel reality of life at sea. Nearly 100...
  • Calendar:
    Unexpectedly running into your ex is difficult enough. Combine that experience with a nightclub, a tear-jerking song and an attempt to flee for your life with the man you left your ex for,...
  • Culture:
    As we walked out of the "Benjamin Franklin: In Search of a Better World" exhibition at the Bowers Museum, my pal Melita turned to me and said, "What surprised me the most was all the 'mutual...
  • Calendar:
    Bored and underappreciated housewife Rosalba (a spot-on Licia Maglietta) finds herself unexpectedly left behind during a dull family vacation. (That was on a bus. To look at ruins.) Although...
  • Calendar:
    Every month, the Bowers Museum puts on an afternoon of dance, music, art and food of a specific culture. This time around, we can all learn about the rich heritage and traditions of Africa....
  • Calendar:
    It’s winter break for schools, and the kids are either running around like mad people or glued to the computer—for two very long weeks. In anticipation of this, Bowers Museum has...
  • Calendar:
    Lovable Everyman James Stewart single-handedly takes on the villains of D.C. in this 1939 Frank Capra classic that sees the naive, trusting Mr. Smith get appointed to the United States...

Best of Award Recipient

Business Description

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

Loading...