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Best Permanent Museum Exhibits In OC

July 8, 2013 6:00 AM

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(credit: Bowers Museum)

(credit: Bowers Museum)

(credit: Bowers Museum)

(credit: Bowers Museum)

These permanent exhibits provide Orange County with recurring art and culture all year round. So no matter what time of year you plan on taking a museum visit, you can investigate a multitude of artifacts from all over the globe without leaving OC.

(credit: Bowers Museum)

(credit: Bowers Museum)


Art of Asia
Bowers Museum
2002 N. Main St.
Santa Ana, CA 92706
(714) 567-3600
www.bowers.org

Delve into Asian culture at Bower’s Museum and explore a series of artifacts including fashion accessories, clothing and other decorative works. The collection consists of more than 6,000 material findings, and most of the exhibit’s artifacts originate from China and Japan. This permanent showcase offers visitors a chance to examine the development of Asian civilization all the way back to the the Neolithic period until the 1900s. The significant amount of items on display will give you considerable insight into the cultivation of Asian societies.

(credit: Bowers Museum)

(credit: Bowers Museum)


Native American Art
Bowers Museum
2002 N. Main St.
Santa Ana, CA 92706
(714) 567-3600
www.bowers.org

Take advantage of Bowers Museum’s comprehensive Native American artwork collection. This exhibit is the largest on site and enables visitors to examine more than 24,000 Native American artifacts. Indian tribes from all over the country are highlighted in this perpetual collection. However, the largest part of the exhibit illustrates findings from Native American culture in the West and Southwest. Be sure to check out this display that showcases the progression of Native American culture through an extensive series of artifacts.

Clarence Hinkle (credit: Laguna Art Museum)

Clarence Hinkle (credit: Laguna Art Museum)


Collecting California
Laguna Art Museum
307 Cliff Drive
Laguna Beach, CA 92651
(949) 494-8971
www.lagunaartmuseum.org

Celebrate the artistic contributions of California artists, as well as artwork highlighting the picturesque beauty of California at the Laguna Art Museum. There’s no place like California, and the considerable number of unique artistic works showcased are a testament to that statement. More than 3,500 pieces of modern and contemporary art are displayed at this special permanent exhibit. Some of the artists’ works that are displayed include Peter Alexander, Carlos Almaraz, Mabel Alvarez, John Altoon, Robert Arneson and John Baldessari. For a complete list of artists, click here.

Related: Best Art Museums In Orange County

(credit: Bowers Museum)

(credit: Bowers Museum)


Art of Africa
Bowers Museum
2002 N. Main St.
Santa Ana, CA 92706
(714) 567-3600
www.bowers.org

Take a journey to another place and time and learn more about African history. This recurring exhibit illustrates an array of findings from African culture, with the most prominent amount of artifacts representing West African civilization. The display showcases more than 2,100 artifacts. Indigenous masks, decorative pieces, money, items used in battle and wood carvings give visitors a chance to study how the culture evolved over the years.

(credit: Bowers Museum)

(credit: Bowers Museum)


Art of the Pacific
Bowers Museum
2002 N. Main St.
Santa Ana, CA 92706
(714) 567-3600
www.bowers.org

Expose yourself to cultural pieces from several Pacific islands such as Irian Jaya, Australia, Papua New Guinea, Polynesia and Melanesia. The exhibit will allow visitors to analyze the development and survival of these island societies. Peruse the collection of more than 2,400 items that date all the way back to prehistoric times and learn more about the history of the Pacific islands. The artifacts highlighted at this exhibit include household tools, decorations, sculptures and survival materials.

Related: Best Contemporary Art Galleries In Orange County

Stacy Brecht is a professional writer, dancer, marketer and model in the Los Angeles area. Brecht also enjoys traveling, wine, fitness training, volunteering, movies and trying new restaurants. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.

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