Gallery Tours

Plan an extraordinary day for your group! Whether planning a visit for 15 or for 150, the Bowers offers a variety of docent-guided and self-guided touring options through any of our permanent or special exhibitions. Group tours of 15 or more enjoy special discounts on admission, dining, and shopping!

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SPECIAL GROUP RATES

When you schedule your tour through the Tours Office, you can receive some special discounts!

  • Save up to $3 on admission!
  • Access to a private tour led by one of our expert docents!
  • Groups of 15 or more enjoy special Tangata group menu options!
  • Groups of 25 or more also receive 20% discount in the Gallery Store – more than shopping, it’s a cultural experience!

Docent-Guided TOURS

Docent-guided tours are available for many of our special and permanent exhibitions, A docent-guided tour covers one gallery, and typically lasts 45 minutes to 1 hour. 

We also offer a special docent-guided tour called “Best of the Bowers” featuring highlights of galleries throughout the museum, providing a great overview of the museum’s unique collections!

Docent-guided tours can be scheduled Tuesdays through Fridays starting at 12:30pm, 1pm, 1:30pm, or 2pm, or select Saturdays and Sundays starting at 10:30am, 11am, 11:30am, 12:30pm, 1pm, 1:30pm, or 2pm. We require a minimum of 15 guests for a docent-guided tour and to receive special group rates and benefits. There is no additional fee for a docent-guided tour.


SELF-Guided TOURS

Self-guided tours can be scheduled anytime during regular museum hours, Tuesday - Sunday, 10am-4pm, and can be completed at your group's own pace. We require a minimum of 15 guests for a self-guided group tour in order to receive special group rates and benefits.


GALLERY TALKS

Docent-guided gallery talks provide a brief overview of the galleries at the Bowers and are open to the general public with purchase of museum admission. Gallery talks featuring the “Best of the Bowers” are scheduled Tuesday-Friday at 1pm, and docent-selected gallery talks are available starting at 2pm. Weekend gallery talks and tours take place throughout the day. Please check in at the visitor services desk to find out what gallery talks are available during your visit. Gallery talks last about 20-30 minutes, are subject to change and docent availability.

 


AUDIO TOURS

The Bowers offers audio tours featuring highlights from the Bowers Collection in English, Mandarin, and Spanish. Audio tours can be downloaded prior to your visit or during your visit on any mobile device. To learn more or to download an audio tour  Click here


DINING AT TANGATA

Tangata is open for lunch Tuesday – Friday from 11am-3pm, with a new Brunch menu available Saturdays & Sundays.

If you are a group of less than 15 and plan on incorporating a dining experience at Tangata on your tour day, please contact Tangata directly for reservations at 714-550-0906.

Groups of 15 or more can order from Tangata’s special group menu. For more information, please contact the catering office at least 2 weeks in advance for reservations and group dining options by contacting Al Kanjo at 714-567-3631 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

For more information about Tangata, Click here


EXHIBITIONS

Want to learn more about the current and upcoming exhibitions at the Bowers? Click Here to visit our Exhibitions Page


 

PUBLIC PROGRAMS

Don’t forget to check the calendar for any public programs that may be available as a part of your visit. Public Programs include lectures by respected speakers and experts from around the world, music and dance performances celebrating world cultures, or film screenings featuring diverse cultural and historic topics. For more information on Public Programs Click here


 

GROUP RATES - GENERAL ADMISSION

Weekdays
Adults: $12 
Seniors (age 62+) and Students (12+): $10 
Members and Children ( under 12): FREE (must be accompanied by paying adult)
Pricing includes entry to all general galleries, and does not include specially ticketed exhibitions

Weekend
Adults: $14
Seniors (age 62+) and Students (12+): $12
Members and Children (under 12): FREE (must be accompanied by paying adult)
Pricing includes entry to all general galleries, and does not include specially ticketed exhibitions

 

GROUP RATES - SPECIAL EXHIBITION ADMISSION

Weekdays
Adults: $20
Seniors (age 62+) and Students (12+): $17
Members: $7
Children (under 12): FREE (must be accompanied by paying adult)
Pricing includes entry to all general and special admission galleries 

Weekend
Adults: $22
Seniors (age 62+) and Students (12+): $19
Members: $7
Children (under 12): FREE (must be accompanied by paying adult)
Pricing includes entry to all general and special admission galleries


QUESTIONS? 

Please contact the Tours Office at 714-567-3680 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.