Museums in Anaheim

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Orange County Museum of Art's chief curator, Dan Cameron, takes pride in the artists his state has produced from the 20th century to the present. He and his staff showcase a diverse range of modern and contemporary Californian artists as well as art from around the world in an array of exhibitions and a permanent collection. Each exhibition uncovers a different facet of the art world. Past exhibitions have explored modern art between Picasso and Pollock, the changing language of art and design in the mid-20th century, and works by Ansel Adams and Andy Warhol.

Staffers also immerse visitors in their collections through after-hours events and guided tours of the museum's galleries. They also host events for families, during which kids can make artwork in the style of the exhibited artists or attend monthly shows with short films, music exploration, and live entertainment.

850 San Clemente Dr
Newport Beach,
CA
US

Through its rotating lineup of exhibits and engaging events, MUZEO—which means “museum” in the international language of Esperanto—fosters diversity and cross-cultural understanding by making culture accessible to every member of the community. The 25,000-square-foot complex encompasses the original 1908 Carnegie Library as well as a brand-new art-gallery space, and it plays host to three different traveling exhibitions per year. One current offering, Spies, Traitors, and Saboteurs: Freedom in America, produced by the International Spy Museum and running through Monday, September 16, 2013, mines the rich history of international espionage and its current role in our nation. Though two free docent tours are offered with admission on Saturdays and Sundays, most visitors peruse the exhibits at their own pace. Check out the calendar of events to view museum goings-on by date.

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241 S Anaheim Blvd.
Anaheim,
CA
US

A surfing museum might be a rare occurrence, but a surfing museum established by a non-surfer is virtually unheard of. If it was going to happen anywhere, it would be Huntington Beach, where surfers have been taking to the ample West Coast waves for nearly a century. Today, the waters of Huntington Beach host more than 50 surfing competitions, and its streets boast a Surfing Walk of Fame and vibrant public art honoring the ancient Hawaiian pastime. Museum founder Natalie Kotsch, fell in love with surfing culture after moving to Huntington Beach and established the museum to share the rich history of International surfing with visitors to her adopted city. The Huntington Beach International Surfing Museum, while modest in size, houses a carefully curated collection of permanent and rotating exhibits all year long. Visitors can peruse the rare items on display at their leisure.

411 Olive Avenue
Huntington Beach,
CA
US