Bowers Museum & Bowers Kidseum

Bowers Museum & Bowers Kidseum

Founded in 1936 by the City of Santa Ana through a bequest from Charles and Ada Bowers, the Bowers Museum is one of California’s finest and Orange County’s largest museums. In 1986, the museum closed its doors for a period of self-study. In response to community needs and input, it reopened in 1992 as a new cultural center, and expanded children’s programming in 1994 with the opening of the Kidseum. The museum also recently celebrated the grand opening of the 30,000+ square-foot Dorothy and Donald Kennedy Wing in February 2007. To achieve its mission, the Bowers offers exhibitions, lectures, art classes, travel programs, children’s art education programs, and other special community programs.


  2002 North Main Street , Santa Ana, CA 92706


Bowers Museum Education In The Classroom

Program description

Mummies (Grade 6): Information about the customs and art for the afterlife though artifact replicas and hand-on experiences. Learn how the ancient Egyptians mummified bodies, prepared for and performed funerals.

First Footsteps (Grades 3-4): Learn about the lifestyle, dress, tools, homes, hunting, trade, arts and crafts of the first Southern Californians through artifacts, photographs and hands-on articles.

Orange County Then and Now (Grades 3): Explore the colorful and diverse history of the people who settled the west coast and Orange County. Learn about the Indians, the Mission and Rancho Periods, the Gold Rush, the Railroad Era to modern times. (good for Calif. History)

Off to the Gold Rush! (Grades 4): Learn about the people who came to work in the gold mining during the California Gold Rush of 1849 through the 1850s. Slides, artifacts and hands-on articles help students to get a real feel for the period.

Masks Around the World (All Grade Levels): Discover how masks are used for disguise, protection, adornment, entertainment and ceremonies in cultures around the world. Learn through slides, artifacts and collection of many masks.

Coastal Habitat (Tide Pools of Orange County) (Grades 3-5): Explore the animals and plants found in Orange County tide pools. Learn how the Southern California Indians used these coastal riches as a source of food, tools and decoration.

Spirit of the Southwest (Grades 5): This presentation covers the Indians of the Four Corners area of the American Southwest and is tied to environmental factors. It illustrates the continuing thread of artistic styles and functions of baskets, pottery, jewelry and more, from traditional days through decades of culture contact with the "white man."


All programs are subject to the availability of Bowers Docents.

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Booking / scheduling contact

Bowers Staff


Program detail
Artistic discipline: Multi-discipline
Cultural Origin: Multicultural
Program type: Workshops & Classes
Population served: ANY
Subject: ANY
Bilingual: No
Available dates:

Please ask.

Fees / Ticketing:

Free. Must apply first.