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Art Museums in Orange County, California

 
 
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Anaheim Museum 
 
 
"If you live in the Orange County area and are looking for an enjoyable weekend activity look no further than the Anaheim Museum. The Anaheim Museum is located in downtown Anaheim in Orange County. The Anaheim Museum displays the diverse heritage of Anaheim and Orange County. It explores the diverse historical, artistic and cultural expression or the area. And disseminate information through the development of permanent and changing exhibitions,the visual arts and interpretation of artifacts."  Anaheim
Bowers Museum of Cultural Art 
 
 
If you enjoy cultural art, Bowers is the place. In recent memory they have hosted Egyption, Aztec & Chinese travelling collections. If you have kids, they will enjoy the Kidseum next door. "The Bowers Museum holds in its collection more than 130,000 works of art. These works were donated from 1935 to the present and represent many regions and cultures of the world. The museum's largest collections are in the areas of Native American art, Pre-Columbian art, Asian art, art of the Pacific, art of Africa and Orange County history. Tangata (or "mankind" in the tribal Maori language of New Zealand) features Southwestern decor enclosed by glass walls and a ceiling framed with stuccoed beams and large windows to allow ambient light to illuminate the main dining area. Located in the Bowers museum's Mission-style courtyard, the 160-seat restaurant dedicates half of its available seating to alfresco dining on two large patio areas. The patio area opens into the mission style courtyard that is perfect for romantic weddings or evening receptions. The museum facilities as well as Tangata restaurant itself provide the perfect setting for your next event. From elegant dinners to corporate cocktail parties, wedding receptions to charity galas and holiday parties, Tangata Catering provides a range of services for any size event. Menus are custom designed to fit your particular needs and can reflect any ethnicity desired. Specialty entertainment and décor can be arranged to complete your event." Santa Ana Free Day, First Sunday & Third Tuesday of each month, Santa Ana residents with ID receive free admission.  Santa Ana
Irvine Museum 
 
 
"The Irvine Museum is dedicated to the preservation and display of California art of the Impressionist Period (1890 - 1930). The Irvine Museum embraces a principal role in the education and furtherance of this beautiful and important regional variant of American Impressionism that has come to be associated with California and its remarkable landscape.... The Irvine Museum was founded in 1992 by Joan Irvine Smith and her mother, the late Athalie R. Clarke (1903-1993). Our first exhibition opened on January 15, 1993. The museum is located in the city of Irvine, in central Orange County, and hosts more than 30,000 visitors per year.... It is the only museum in California dedicated to the preservation and display of California Impressionism or Plein-Air paintings, an art style that flourished in California from 1890 to 1930."  Irvine
Laguna Art Museum 
 
 
"The Laguna Art Museum is located just steps from the Pacific Ocean in Laguna Beach - one of Southern California’s oldest art colonies - a short stroll from the beach, downtown boutiques and galleries, and world-class restaurants. Museum visitors can enjoy continuously changing exhibitions of works by historical, contemporary, and emerging artists and browse through the Museum Store and Art Rental and Sales Gallery. Docent-led tours, free with Museum admission, are offered daily at 2:00 p.m. The Museum is wheelchair accessible."  Laguna Beach
Muckenthaler Cultural Center 
 
 
Housed in a 1924 Fullerton mansion.  Fullerton
Orange County Museum of Art 
 
 
"The Orange County Museum of Art is the premier visual arts organization in Orange County, California, serving a population of nearly three million residents in one of the fastest-growing metropolitan areas in the country. Critically acclaimed exhibitions such as Picasso to Pollock: Modern Masterpieces from the Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art, together with the Orange Lounge at South Coast Plaza, draw more than 150,000 visitors annually. Some 30,000 children and adults participate in award winning education programs. The museum's collection comprises nearly 5,000 objects, with a concentration on the art of California from the early 20th century to present.... The Orange County Museum of Art has two retail locations, one at the main museum in Newport Beach and the other within the Orange Lounge, located in South Coast Plaza, in Costa Mesa."  Costa Mesa, Newport Beach
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