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.

June 14, 2014 - February 22, 2015

The horse's impact on both Chinese and Japanese culture cannot be overstated. They shepherded goods, people and ideas across the expansive and varied climates of a continent during the height of the Silk Roads. They were indispensable as military chargers and aided in the expansion and control of empires.

Creatures: Animal Mummies In Ancient Egypt

Soulful Creatures: Animal Mummies in Ancient Egypt is the first major exhibition to focus on one of the most fascinating aspects of ancient Egyptian culture and religion—the mummification of animals. Drawn from the renowned collections of the Brooklyn Museum, Soulful Creatures features choice examples from among the many millions of mummies of birds, cats, dogs, snakes, and other animals preserved from at least thirty-one different cemeteries throughout Egypt.

Step inside the framework of famous paintings and experience art like never before in Framed: Step into Art, opening at Bowers Museum's Kidseum on Sunday, January 26, 2014. Children and adults can enjoy a robust noontime meal in Grant Wood's Dinner for Threshers, climb into

Celebrated as one of the greatest directors from the Golden Age of animation, Chuck Jones drew for a living, and he drew for pleasure and challenge. His passion for drawing was both work and full time hobby, providing an outlet for imagination.

Artists have a long tradition of travelling to far flung lands in search of revelation and artistic breakthrough. What happens when there is such a place right in your midst, yet completely foreign? The unique cultural customs, fascinating architecture, and rich aesthetic of the Chinese communities in San Francisco and Los Angeles inspired many 19th and 20th century artists.

Beethoven: The Late Great

In recognition of the 60th anniversary of the Philharmonic Society of Orange County and its 21st and final season of Dean Corey’s leadership, the Philharmonic Society will present a multi-season celebration of the major late works of Ludwig van Beethoven, including a celebratory exhibition at the Bowers Museum. This exhibition of rare Beethoven artifacts has been curated by Dr. William Meredith, Director of the Beethoven Center, San José State University, including a personal letter and drafts of personal scores in Beethoven’s own handwriting from the Library of Congress never exhibited on the West Coast.

Romanticism emerged as a response to the fear and promise of the American and French Revolutions, the rigidity of the Enlightenment, and the alienation that grew out of the Industrial Revolution. Romantic artists broke free from the constraints of the state-run art academies and embraced a world that celebrated creativity and individuality.