Past Exhibitions


Past Exhibitions

Since its reopening in 1991, the Bowers Museum has hosted more than 80 exhibitions such as Treasures from the Royal Tombs of Ur, Secret World of the Forbidden City, The World of the Etruscans, Tibet: Treasures from the Roof of the World, Queen of Sheba: Legend and Reality, Mummies: Death and the Afterlife in Ancient Egypt, Terra Cotta Warriors: Guardians of China's First Emperor, Art of the Samurai: Selections from the Tokyo National Museum, Lucy's Legacy: The Hidden Treasures of Ethiopia, and Gods and Gifts: Treasures from the Vatican Ethnographic Museum.

Gateway EntranceMay 26, 2018-August 19, 2018

Saturdays and Sundays 10 am- 4pm
Enjoy Extended Summer Hours Starting June 19! Tuesday-Sunday 10 am – 4pm

PURCHASE Special exhibition TICKETS

Admission $10 for everyone over age 2, $2 for Bowers Museum members and Santa Ana Residents on Sundays

Santa Ana, CA Bowers Kidseum will open Voyage to Vietnam: Celebrating the Tet Festival in May 2018; a new exhibition to promote understanding of Vietnamese culture.

July 22, 2017 – September 17, 2017


During his lifetime Edward Weston (March 24, 1886- January 1, 1958) revolutionized photography by taking unadulterated pictures of his subjects. Stark Beauty captures Weston much in the same way the artist captured the world through his lens.

The Antarctic Legacy of Sir Ernest Shackleton and Frank HurleySeptember 30, 2017 – May 27, 2018


Endurance presents Frank Hurley’s photographs of the Imperial Trans-Antarctic Expedition (1914-1917) undertaken by renowned explorer Sir Ernest Shackleton and his crew. 100 years after the epic expedition,

March 10, 2018 – June 3, 2018


American Visionary: John F. Kennedy’s Life and Times celebrates the life, political career, and extraordinary vision of one of the country’s most admired and most charismatic presidents.

0810 Future Park website LOGOSeptember 16, 2017-January 15, 2018


Members Preview: September 16 9am-12pm General Public opening September 16 12pm-4pm

Admission $10 for everyone over age 2, Free for Bowers Museum members and Santa Ana Residents on Sundays

Empress Dowager CixiNovember 12, 2017- March 11, 2018

Empress Dowager Cixi (1835-1908) stands in the center of modern Chinese history. While most commonly understood as a politician, this formidable matriarch was also introduced to Western audience or reader as a connoisseur, patron and even creator of art in the early twentieth century, a phenomenon that interestingly fell unnoticed in modern scholarship.

April 7, 2018- August 19, 2018

Purchase General Admission Tickets

After a long journey around the world, the Bowers Museum’s special exhibition featuring selections from our own Native American collection will be on view in Santa Ana!