Santa Ana, CA
Cost- $13 Adults, $10 Kids, Under 12 free Regular admission
$25 Adults, $21 Students, $11 kids and under 3 Free for Mummy special exhibit (includes general admission)
I wasn't going to do another museum post this week, but grandma has come to visit and we've been on a whirlwind museum tour. I love museums and we have so many great ones out here in SoCal-I haven't even started on the many in San Diego. I will try to get outside soon.
This week's feature museum is the Bowers Museum in Santa Ana. They are currently having a fantastic exhibition, Mummies of the World, that I highly recommend. It runs until September 5th. If you have the opportunity to visit this summer try to make the time. It costs a little extra but includes an audio tour and is really interesting. I was particularly fascinated with the shrunken heads and how they were formed. Many of the mummies were naturally occurring and as well preserved as Egyptian mummies (there were a couple of those too). Unfortunately no photography is allowed in the exhibit so no mummy pictures. Be sure to make the trip and check it out for yourself. It's a really great exhibition.
Ancient Arts of China: A 5000 Year Legacy was our next stop. Wow. Gorgeous. We spent a good hour and a half wandering this gallery, where, thankfully, photography is allowed. The urge to whip out my iPhone to snap some photos was overwhelming at this point. If you follow Exploresocalifornia on Instagram you may have already seen some of my photos from the Bowers Museum. Hint, hint.
Next up, Spirits and Headhunters: Art of the Pacific Islands. This tied in nicely with the Mummies of the World special exhibit. Gruesome at times, yes, but fascinating. And some of the art was breathtaking. Seeing a decorative fork only used for the eating of human flesh was shocking, I admit. But the artistry in much of the stone and wood carvings is incredible.
Unfortunately the hall containing California paintings was closed for renovation but the First Californians and Ceramics of Western Mexico hall was open. Great to visit for those 4th grade social studies reports.
Included in the admission price is a Kidseum two blocks south of the main museum. If you have little ones the good news is you can do some hands on kid stuff too. It's described as an "interactive children's museum and learning center" and an extension of the Bowers Museum. There is also a restaurant on the premises. It smelled great but we didn't have time to grab a bite.
Some of the places we visited this week included; The Huntington Library (my personal favorite), The Getty, Norton Simon, and finally The Bowers Museum. It's amazing to me still that I live in a place where I can visit a fantastic museum every day of the week if I desire, and still have plenty that I haven't seen yet. Balboa Park in San Diego contains more than a dozen museums alone! Not to mention all the stunning beaches along our coastline and national and regional parks. Don't forget that this week, April 16-24 2016, is National Park Week! All fees are waived at our many National Parks.
Bowers Museum is closed on Mondays!