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We have a variety of programs for scouts depending on the ages of your scouts, if a particular culture or part of the world strikes your curiosity, or if you are interested in earning a specific badge. Visit the Bowers Museum or Kidseum for a guided tour and art project, or work with us to create a customized museum or art class experience to meet specific badge requirements!


SCHEDULING

Scout tours can be scheduled starting at 9:30am, 12:30pm, or 1:30pm, Tuesday through Friday,
and Saturdays and Sundays starting at 10:30am, 11:30am, 12:30pm, and 1:30pm.

We recommend allowing at least 2 ½ hours for check-in, tour, break, and art project.

We can serve a minimum of 10 scouts, and a maximum of 75 scouts per visit.
Groups larger than 75 scouts will be asked to split their visit across separate dates.

For more information or to schedule your scout tour, please contact the Tours Office at 714-567-3680 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


kidseum special exhibitions 2017-2018

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Teamlab Kids Future Park: Art + Technology

 

September 17, 2017 - January 15, 2018

In collaboration with Teamlab Kids, Inc., Bowers Kidseum is excited to introduce an internationally traveling exhibit called Future Park: Art + Technology. In this unique digital playground, creativity abounds as children work and play together using technology, art, and their imaginations! Designed to inspire creative thinking, encourage collaborative play and build an interest in digital technology, this hands-on, digital exhibit features four different interactive areas for children to explore:

Sketch Town where students draw colorful pictures of cars, buses, buildings, and more to create an amazing virtual town bustling with activity. The town is projected on oversized exhibit walls from floor to ceiling and is reactive to the child's touch. The children's drawings can also be made into an original 3-D papercraft model that they can take home.

Light Ball Orchestra where students can play in an elaborate orchestra by rolling soft, oversized balls that are nearly as tall as they are! The giant orbs change sound and color when they touch and communicate with each other to play in concert.

Connecting! Block Town where students can use different brightly colored blocks on a table that becomes a large-scale screen, children create digital thoroughfares for cars, boats, trains, and planes! 

Hopscotch for Geniuses Hop to it! Featuring beautiful artwork, shapes and designs projected onto the floor, this interactive path reacts with sounds and colors as children use their entire bodies to play. The perfect activity for busy minds and bodies! 

Art classes: 2-D sketch to 3-D model, Paper City, or Paper Folding

Special exhibition rates apply

 

 

KIDSEUM GENERAL admission

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Available through August 31, 2017

Come children (and your grown-ups) to a magical space where you may travel the globe without going too far. At Orange County's Kidseum, the world's culture and art can come to you! The best thing about Kidseum - it is especially for young kids!

Art and culture are beautiful things, especially if you can get your hands on it and experience it up close. For younger guests this might be the very first time in a museum. Kidseum means a museum for kids - pre-school kids, early elementary school kids, and visiting grown-ups who are kids at heart. 

Have you been on a stage coach that hurtles through time? On our Green Screen Time Machine, you can do just that - traveling across the distant past in the blink of an eye. 

Do you like creating art? What about art that glows?  Wander in our Glow Cave where your amazing creations will shine in the dark.

Have you ever dug up ancient objects buried in the mists of time? Come to our new archaeology lab and use our cool tools to delve into past.  You too can be an archaeologist for a day!  Did we mention the archaeology room rests in an Egyptian tomb?

The reason for Kidseum is “Igniting imagination through exploration.”    You can see, hear and touch fascinating things from faraway lands.  All that is required is curiosity. At Kidseum, young children, friends and family learn, create and discover together.  

The Bower’s Kidseum was founded in 1994 and is now the only cultural-based children’s center in Orange County. Over 35,000 local children are involved in Kidseum programs, including public programs, exhibits, family festivals, museum tours, school outreach programs, curriculum, cultural art trunks, storytelling, and artifacts that, while new to visitors, can also be very, very old.  Come discover the art and cultures of this wide world!

Download the Kidseum flyer and art class options


Bowers Museum SPECIAL EXHIBITIONs 2017-2018

 

ENDURANCE: THE ANTARCTIC LEGACY OF SIR ERNEST SHACKLETON AND FRANK HURLEYThe Antarctic Legacy of Sir Ernest Shackleton and Frank Hurley

September 30, 2017 - January 28, 2018

Endurance: The Antarctic Legacy of Sir Ernest Shackleton and Frank Hurley features rare images and documenting of Sir Ernest Shackleton's Imperial Trans-Antarctic Expedition of 1914-1917, as captured by the expedition's official photographer, Frank Hurley. Newly digitized from the original glass plates and celluloid negatives, these images survived the exraordinary journey undertaken by Shackleton, Hurley and the other members of the crew, revealing previously unseen details of the crew's epic struggle for survival both before and after their ship was destroyed. Accompanied by select artifacts from the expedition and a narrative comprised of the logs and diaries of Shackleton and his crew, Endurance brings the incredible story of human survival and the drive to explore unreached territories to life.

Art classes: Art projects for this exhibit are currently being developed

Minimum 15 students, Maximum 75 students per visit

Image Credit:

'The Long, Long Night'
This image was taken by Hurley during the winter of 1915,
using 20 flashlights to create a 'spectre ship' effect.
(RGS-IBG S0000143)
Artist / photographer: Frank Hurley
Date: 1915
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EMPRESS DOWAGER CIXI: SELECTIONS FROM THE SUMMER PALACE Empress Dowager Cixi

November 18, 2017 - March 11, 2018

Empress Dowager Cixi (1835-1908) stands in the center of modern Chinese history. Cixi not only led politics, but also art of China at the crossroads of tradition and innovation. The exhibition reconstructs the matriarch's everyday life in the Summer Palace, presenting her multi-faceted roles of politician, matriarch, and connoisseur of the arts.

Art classes: Art projects for this exhibit are currently being developed.

Minimum 15 students, Maximum 75 students per visit

 
Image credit:
“H.I.M The Empress Dowager of China, Cixi”
戴泽 after the original by Hubert Vos, 1905

 

Bowers Museum - general admission gallery TOURS & ART CLASSES

Geared to scouts in grades 3 and up, the Bowers Museum offers gallery tours and art classes that can provide an educational outing for your troop, and fulfill many badge requirements!

 

 The First Californians

First Californians

The region of California has the first evidence of Indigenous peoples as early as 17,000 BCE, and, in countless villages across this ecologically diverse land, had the highest population density north of Mexico in the Pre-Columbian eras. Come celebrate these rich and enduring cultures through this extensive collection of Native Californian art and material culture. Explore the history, lifeways and customs of California’s First Peoples, how they thrived, and the ways they shaped their cultural identities that still survive today.

Art Classes: Clay Pinch Pots, or Sand Painting

 

California Legacies: Missions & Ranchos

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The Missions and Ranchos Gallery illustrates the vibrant, diverse, and colorful history of the people who settled the West Coast and Orange County. It begins with the conquest, Christianization and colonization of California during the Spanish Mission period (1768-1822) and carries through to the Mexican Rancho period (1832-1848). Our artifacts tell local stories of a borderland culture where Indigenous, Spanish, Mexican, California and Yankee traditions jostled together in a world both old and shockingly new.

Art Classes: Cattle Brands, or Rancho Cochineal Textile Prints

 

  California Bounty: Image and Identity, 1850-1930

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 Viewers will take a rambling journey through California’s visual history, a history shaped by a unique mixture of Mexican and Anglo traditions as well as the state’s position on the Pacific Rim. Each painting epitomizes California’s land, people and offerings as a place of produce and plenty. The exhibition brings together many of the museum’s most cherished paintings, including works by early artists documenting the Mission and Rancho periods; landscapes by plein air painters portraying California’s coasts and canyons; sumptuous portraits and still-life paintings of flowers and paper-wrapped fruit; and a small selection of works indicating California as a continued place of possibility.

Art Project: Watercolor Landscape Painting

 

 

Ancient Arts of China: A 5000 Year Legacy

Ancient Arts of China A 5000 Year Legacy

Journey back 5000 years across time in masterworks of the world's oldest living civilizations. Witness the breathtaking evolution of Chinese art and culture spanning from the Neolithic Era to the collapse of the Qing dynasty in 1911. This feast for the eyes includes a tomb demon from the Warring States period (475-221 BCE), a laughing trio of terra cotta horses prancing out from the early Ming Dynasty (960-1460 CE), and many other Chinese treasures that can only be seen here. You may also participate in hands-on activities with real artifacts!

Art Classes: Chinese Watercolor Scroll Painting, or Clay Dragon

 

 

Spirits & Headhunters: Art of the Pacific Islands

Spirits and Headhunters Art of the Pacific Islands

 

Venture into the magic of Oceania, where over 2,400 artifacts weave stories of birth, marriage, war, death, and the spirit world. Masterworks in this comprehensive exhibition originate from Micronesia, Melanesia, and Polynesia. Particular focus is placed on New Guinea, land of the headhunter. These shadowed halls conjure sights of wooden totems, fire masks, tools of the shaman, and sounds of a living rain forest. Come immerse yourself in the rich artistic traditions infused into daily and ritual lifeways.

Art Class: Clay Spirit Masks

 

 


PRICING

Scout Tour & Art Class Pricing - Kidseum - General Admission

Pricing is $13 per scout for both tour and optional corresponding art project. 1 chaperone for every 10 scouts is required and is free, with additional chaperones at $6 each.
We require a minimum of 10 scouts, or $130.

 

Scout Tour & Art Class Pricing - Kidseum - Special Exhibitions

Pricing is $15 per scout for both tour and optional corresponding art project. 1 chaperone for every 10 scouts is required and is free, with additional chaperones at $8 each.
We require a minimum of 10 scouts, or $150.

 

Scout Tour & Art Class Pricing – Bowers Museum - General Admission Galleries

Pricing for general admission galleries is $13 per scout for both tour and optional corresponding art project.
1 chaperone for every 10 scouts is required, and is free, with additional chaperones at $13 each.
Pricing includes admission to one gallery.
If you would like to schedule time to explore additional galleries during your visit, an additional fee of $4 per scout applies.

We require a minimum of 10 scouts, or $150.

 

Scout Tour & Art Class Pricing – Bowers Museum - Special Exhibition Galleries

Pricing for special exhibition galleries is $15 per scout for both tour and optional corresponding art project.
1 chaperone for every 10 scouts is required, and is free, with additional chaperones at $15 each.
Pricing includes admission to one gallery.
If you would like to schedule time to explore additional galleries during your visit, an additional fee of $2 per scout applies.

We require a minimum of 10 scouts, or $150.


ART PROJECTS

Want to see all the art projects available? Click here to download our current art projects list for scouts in grades 3 & up!


QUESTIONS? Ready to Schedule?

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