Adult Tours

Group-Tour

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!


SPECIAL GROUP benefits

When you schedule your tour through the Tours Office, groups of 15 or more receive some special group benefits!

  • Groups of 15 or more receive $1 off general admission and $3 special exhibitions!
  • Option for a private, guided tour led by our amazing docents!
  • Groups of 15 or more enjoy specially priced 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-Fridays starting at 1pm or 2pm. We recommend scheduling adult group tours on weekday afternoons due to the large volume of school tours taking place in the mornings.

Group tours can also be scheduled on select Saturdays and Sundays starting as early as 11am, 12pm, 1pm or 2pm. We recommend scheduling your guided tours at least 2 weeks in advance. 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. Groups of less than 15 guests may schedule a private, guided tour at the regular admission rate.


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 and tours are available to the public and are included with the purchase of admission. Join docents Tuesdays through Fridays at 1pm for a “Best of the Bowers” tour, or at 2pm for  “Choose Your Own Adventure” gallery talk where guests can choose their adventure from a variety of docent-selected options. On weekends, join docents at 11am or 2pm for “Choose Your Own Adventure”, or at 1pm for “Best of Bowers” tour. Please check in at the visitor services desk to find out what gallery talks and tours are available during your visit. Gallery tours typically last 45 minutes to 1 hour, with gallery talks lasting about 20-30 minutes. All gallery talks and tours are subject to change and docent availability, or cancellation.


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 using 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 during your visit, please contact the restaurant directly for reservations at 714-550-0906.


Groups of 15 or more can contact Al Kanjo of Patina Catering at 949-244-7619 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. at least 2 weeks in advance for group reservations and specially priced group dining options. Additional menu options, including reduced portion sizes at reduced rates, may be available for your group. (Separate deposit required, menu changes seasonally).

For more information about Tangata, Click here


EXHIBITIONS

Want to learn more about the current and upcoming exhibitions at the Bowers? Click Here


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 (up to 2 children free per paying adult)
Pricing includes entry to all general admission galleries, and does not include specially ticketed exhibitions

Weekend
Adults: $14
Seniors (age 62+) and Students (12+): $12
Members and Children (under 12): FREE (up to 2 children free per paying adult)
Pricing includes entry to all general admission galleries, and does not include specially ticketed exhibitions

GROUP RATES - SPECIAL EXHIBITIONs

Weekdays
Adults: $20
Seniors (age 62+) and Students (12+): $17
Members: $7
Children (under 12): FREE (up to 2 children free per 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 (up to 2 children free per paying adult)
Pricing includes entry to all general and special admission galleries


QUESTIONS? Ready to Schedule?

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.