Bowers Museum Welcomes Families and Younger Visitors to “Enriching and Educational Adventures.”

Bowers offers younger visitors free monthly festivals with live music, art making, face painting, workshops, family film nights, and storytelling in the galleries.


photo courtesy of the Bowers Museum

“Art is the result of creative expression, and at the Bowers we’re showcasing art from people across time and around the world. There’s no other language that crosses boundaries like this and has such enormous power to bring people together. By learning to appreciate art, younger audiences can continue to lead the way to a more empathetic and unified future that we’ll all benefit from, ” state Kelly Bishop, Associate Director of Communications and Branding at the Bowers Museum.

Located in Santa Ana at the corner of 20th and  Main Streets, Bowers has over 100,000 objects, mainly focusing art from many different cultures, including but not limited to Native America, Asia, and Africa. The Native American collection is the Bowers’ largest department, containing over 24,000 objects including basketry, pottery, beadwork, stone and shell tools, weapons and jewelry, according to the museum website. 

Appealing to both older and younger audiences, the museum is the perfect place to visit with your family for an enriching and educational adventure.

For younger visitors, the Bowers has free monthly festivals that have live music, art making, and face painting, workshops, family film nights, and storytelling in the galleries. “The Bowers aims to create lasting memories the entire family will enjoy,” Bishop added.

The museum also has a Scavenger Hunt map available at the Admissions Desk, which takes visitors through all eight permanent exhibitions and can be followed on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter @bowersmuseum. The Bowers encourages visitors to tag them during their next visit.

The Bowers has eight exhibitions that will always be on display at the museum. However, it also has temporary exhibitions, which currently include Guo Pei: Couture Beyond, Gemstone Carvings: the Masterworks of Harold Van Pelt, and California Bounty: Image and Identity, 1850-1930. 

The Bowers Museum also offers many other services, including discussions, a book club, music performances, workshops, films, and many others. The museum also has a restaurant, named ‘Tangata,’ which, according to the Bowers website, has a “diverse menu of Pacific Rim-inspired cuisine.”

Another option for families going to the Bowers is the Kidseum, where younger visitors can engage in interactive and exciting exhibitions. The Kidseum also has a free After School Learning Center for Santa Ana children in grades 1st-8th (younger siblings can register with an older sibling in 1st grade and above), which aims to enrich students by providing year-round care, homework support, and arts and cultural instruction. Unfortunately, as the time publication of this article, the Kidseum is closed for renovations.

The museum, founded by the City of Santa Ana in 1936, has been voted “The Best Museum in Orange County” by readers of the Orange County Register for sixteen years in a row, is accredited by the American Alliance of Museums, something that can only be said by 5% of museums, and in the past fifteen years, has produced over fifty special exhibitions, many of which have traveled nationally or internationally.

At the Bowers, tickets for children under 12, who must be accompanied by a paying adult, are free. Tickets for adults are $13 on weekdays and $15 on weekends and senior (62+) and student (12+) tickets are $10 on weekdays and $12 on weekends. The Bowers is open from 10am to 12pm on Tuesday through Sunday and is closed on Mondays, Fourth of July, Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s Day. The Tangata restaurant is open on Tuesday through Sunday, 11am to 3pm (this is subject to change, reservations are strongly suggested).

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