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, there are many fascinating possibilities. Visit the Bowers or Bowers Kidseum for a tour and art project, or work with us to create a customized museum or art project experience to meet specific badge requirements!
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 120 scouts per visit.
Groups larger than 120 scouts will be asked to split their visit across separate dates.
KIDSEUM tours and art projects for scouts
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!
Bowers Museum - gallery TOURS & ART CLASSES FOR SCOUTS
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
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.
California Legacies: Missions & Ranchos
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.
California Bounty: Image and Identity, 1850-1930
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 by Alberta and William McCloskey; and a small selection of works indicating California as a continued place of possibility. This will be the first public display of many of the selected paintings, some of which have spent years in storage.
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!
Spirits & 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.
Bowers Museum - New and Upcoming Special Exhibitions
Virgin of Guadalupe:Images in Colonial Mexico
On View October 8, 2016 through January 29,2017
Juan Diego, a Mexican native, was struck by an awe inspiring vision of The Virgin Mary while on a trek of Tepeyac (a hill outside of Mexico City) in December of 1531. The Virgin, now known as the Virgin of Guadalupe, commanded Juan Diego to build her a type of church known as a basilica, which is now the most visited Catholic pilgrimage site in the world! Juan Diego had a hard time convincing others of his vision, but once he did, the world was changed forever. Come visit the exhibition to explore how Juan Diego’s vision transformed the way colonizing forces interacted with indigenous Mexican people, sparked a spiritual revolution, and created a legacy of artistic expression.
Image Credit: José de Páez (1720 – 1790)
Aparición de la Virgen de Guadalupe, n.d..
Colección Pérez Simón, Mexico © Rafael Doniz
Scout Tour & Art Class Pricing - Kidseum
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 – 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.
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.
Want to see all the art projects available? Click here to download our current art projects list for scouts in grades 3 & up!
BOWERS MUSEUM RULES AND GUIDELINES
Click here to download Bowers Museum Rules and Guidelines to help you plan and prepare your scouts for your visit.
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