Bowers At Home

The Bowers is thrilled to expand its connection to our community with the launch of BOWERS AT HOME.


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Bowers Museum Third Annual International Festival of Chocolate

Watch highlights from the third annual International Festival of Chocolate, held at the Bowers Museum on January 9, 2022. Bowers Museum’s festivals are generously sponsored by the Nicholas Endowment. A special thank you this month to the Museum’s community partners including The Mexican Consulate in Santa Ana, Chef Martin Guerrero Foundation, Torben Askov owner at Tradeworks and MIA, Madagascar.

Bowers Museum Winter Holidays Around the Globe Festival

The coming of Winter is celebrated around the globe in both secular and spiritual themes. Join us in music and dance as we close the year behind us and look forward to the new year. We’ll celebrate Christmas, Mexican Las Posadas, Chanukah and Kwanzaa. Sponsored by The Nicholas Endowment

Bowers Museum Indian Diwali Festival of Lights

Diwali is the five-day Festival of Lights, celebrated by millions of Hindus, Sikhs and Jains across the world. Diwali, which for some, also coincides with harvest and new year celebrations, is a festival of new beginnings and the triumph of good over evil, and light over darkness. Come and enjoy dance, music and special art projects.

Bowers Museum Dia de Los Muertos Virtual Festival

Watch the online archive of Bowers Museum’s onsite festival Dia de Los Muertos held on October 24, 2021. This special virtual screening includes footage of live performances, ofrenda, art making, and more! Special thanks to the Nicholas Endowment for making onsite and online festivals free each month at the Bowers Museum.

Exclusive Virtual Walkthrough of "Treasures in Gold & Jade: Masterworks from Taiwan"

Join Lynn Liou, Founder and CEO of Linspired Media, on an exclusive virtual walkthrough of the Bowers Museum's past featured exhibition. Treasures in Gold & Jade: Masterworks from Taiwan is presented by the Bowers Museum in cooperation with the Taiwan Academy in Los Angeles, an arm of the Taiwan Ministry of Culture. Major Funding for this exhibition comes from East West Bank, Linda and Carl Moy, Anne and Danny Shih, Jennifer Chen and Alan Wong of Hsing Tai Color Printing Company, and Unipac Shipping. Additional funding is provided by Tony Zhang of Morgan Stanley, Nancy Xu, Zehra and George Sun, Diana and Fred Kong of the Kong Family Charitable Fund, and the Chinese Cultural Arts Council of the Bowers Museum.

Festival of the Autumn Moon: Highlights from the Live Festival

Held onsite at the Bowers Museum on September 19, 2021. Enjoy performances, a peek into featured exhibitions, and a survey of the art projects. Bowers’ festivals are sponsored by the Nicholas Endowment. Autumn Moon Festival performances were generously sponsored by SINO US Performing Arts Organization

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Bowers Museum Noodles Around the World Virtual Festival

Experience noodle-making and history from across the globe while enjoying music from Japan, Mexico, China and Italy. Sponsored by the Nicholas Endowment Special Offer: Free noodles for Museum visitors and Bowers’ Afterschool Learning Program on August 24 - September 3 have been generously donated by our community partner, Nissin Cup Noodles as part of their 50th anniversary celebration. Limit 1 per visitor, subject to availability.
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Digital Exhibition


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Muscles, ninjas and cyborgs; what do these three things have in common? All are depicted on the flour sack canvases of the Bowers’ first digital exhibition, Reel Art: Movie Posters from Ghana.

This premier digital show revisits one of the most beloved Bowers permanent collection exhibitions, bringing together a group of rugged, campy and visually astonishing posters. These colorful advertisements were originally created to promote movies made available for rent throughout Ghana by an industrious group of traveling entrepreneurs. Familiar celebrity faces and fantastical interpretations of B- and C-list movies from the 1980s and ‘90s make for a wonderful viewing experience. Microwave some popcorn, sit back, relax and enjoy Reel Art from the comfort of your home.



Additional Resources for Reel Art:

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Digital Guide

Inside The Walt Disney Archives

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Use your mobile device to visit and see exhibit highlights alongside fun facts and staff favorites. 

Don't forget to visit our Storytelling Portal to read and share your favorite Disney memories! Now available on desktop!   

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Bowers Blog


Bowers Podcast

Hear directly from experts in the fields of archaeology and more. This treasure trove of past lectures is being updated weekly for your listening pleasure!

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Tune-in and zone-out to the sounds of the Bowers Playlists. Inspired by our current exhibitions, new art projects, and the passing holidays - the Bowers will link new playlists below every week during our closure.

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Listen up everyone: this tour is for your ears only!

Visit to listen in on a virtual tour of the Bowers Museum, available in English, Spanish, and Mandarin.

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Introductions to the Indigenous People of Mexico

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Exploring Highlights of Bowers' Indonesian Collection

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Introductions to Miao Silver and Textiles Inspired By The Gallery Miao: Masters of Silver

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Exploring History Through Bowers Margaret and Cleo Key Courtyard

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Member Exclusives From Home

As extension of our new online portal "Bowers at Home" and its virtual offerings, Bowers Members have received exclusive access to premiere content, from live broadcasts and Q&A in our member-exclusive speaker series, "Friends of the Bowers," to videos of past lectures in our new "Best of the Bowers" video lecture archive, staff interviews and more. Click here for details.

Enjoy archives of this series on the Bowers YouTube Channel, under the Friends of the Bowers Playlist!


New! Virtual Family Festivals

Our festivals may be virtual, but the fun is real!

Click here for details on the next upcoming festival or watch the full archive on Youtube and Facebook. Downloadable art projects for each event are listed below. Tag us in your projects #bowersfestival @bowersmuseum!




Art Projects

Bowers Coloring Pages
Week 11

Clay Animalitos

Week 10

Styrofoam Prints

Week 9

Leaf Mandalas

Week 7

Illuminated Letters

Week 6

Collage Art

Week 5

Abstract Self-Portraits

Week 4

Rock Painting

Week 3


Week 2

Foil Repousse

Week 1

Flower Pounding


Serving our Community

Early in the recent health crisis, Bowers Museum partnered with Mariners Church to cook, prep, and deliver meals to local hospitals for healthcare workers including Hoag Hospital, CHOC and more. Later added to this program's recipients are the families of the children in our Kidseum After School Program, all of whom are Santa Ana residents, as well as the seniors of our Anne's Treasures Program.

This program has now grown to include funding from Bowers' supporters. In total, thanks to our partners, donors and members, the Bowers has been able to provide important services for our community in 2020, including:
• 23,193 free meals for front line medical and emergency services workers, low-income children, families, and seniors, and the homeless
• 1,527 art kits for low-income children and seniors
• 1,148 bags of groceries for low-income children and seniors

If you haven’t already, please join us in raising funds for this program, as well as free art programs for children, families, and seniors, and exhibitions that showcase the world’s finest art. Click here to learn more.



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