Arts & Culture

Explore vibrant institutions for the arts in Orange County

Muzeo Museum and Cultural Center is the center of the Anaheim art world. Muzeo displays an ever-changing rotation of exhibits showcasing various artists, media, and subjects. The displays here will be among the most innovative and thought-provoking works of art across genres. The grand Bowers Museum contains over 100,000 pieces in the permanent collection. These works range from Native American artifacts to Modern American paintings. On the same grounds is the Bower’s Kidseum, a children’s museum and learning center focused on archaeology.

Also great for kids of all ages is The Discovery Cube Orange County, a hands-on science learning center and museum that proves experience is the best teacher. Explore over a hundred interactive exhibits that teach scientific concepts in fun interesting ways. You can even enjoy art while you’re out shopping as the Orange County Museum of Art displays their impressive collection, with works mostly from California artists, at the South Coast Plaza.

Calling presidential history buffs and book lovers! The Nixon Presidential Library and Museum hosts a beautiful replica of the White House East Room in Yorba Linda, the hometown of the only California-born President.

For artworks on wheels, The Marconi Automotive Museum houses one of the largest Ferrari collections in North America, as well as eye-popping displays of classic American hot rods and race-proven Formula One cars — true marvels of automotive engineering and design.

Art Galleries

Visiting an Orange County art gallery is a cultural experience that sheds light on what makes this slice of California so inspiring to creative thinkers. Not only is viewing the art an exquisite experience but buying pieces at galleries offers unique gifts and souvenirs.

For lovers of all things Disney®, you have a variety of galleries to choose from to see the influence of its characters, animation, and parks. The WonderGround Gallery at the Downtown Disney® District offers works from contemporary local artists that draw inspiration from Disney® characters. Stop by the Disney® Gallery at Main Street USA for a glimpse into the artistic legacy of Disney® Parks from around the world.

S. Preston Art + Designs is a gallery featuring minimalist interpretations of sports icons. The unique art created by Preston is officially sanctioned by Major League Baseball to capture the essence of MLB ballparks using his clean, colorful designs.

Hilbert Museum for California Art at Chapman University houses a collection of California scene paintings that offer the chance to explore the geography and history of the Golden State through the eye of Californian 20th century painters.

Any art lover should make sure to schedule a day in Laguna Beach. This beautiful beach town has always attracted artists, and over 100 art galleries and studios are the living legacies of its appeal. The first Thursday of every month is the Laguna Beach Art Walk when dozens of galleries open their doors. Any day that you come there will be art happenings and gallery openings year-round, but during the summer, when the Festival of the Arts–Pageant of The Masters is in full swing, the city hosts a packed schedule of art events.