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Orange County Museums

Orange County Museums Overview

Orange County

Orange County Museums include the Richard Nixon Presidential Library, Muckenthaler Cultural Center, Marconi Automotive Museum, MUZEO Museum, Discovery Cube Orange County, Bowers Museum, International Surfing Museum, Orange County Museum of Art and Laguna Art Museum. From Yorba Linda to Newport Beach and Santa Ana to Irvine, discover an interesting museum in Orange County.

North Orange County Museums

Richard Nixon Presidential Library is located off Imperial Highway near the intersection of Highways 55, 57 and 91 in Yorba Linda. Certainly one of our more controversial Presidents, Nixon was known for his superb, foreign relations with countries like China and Egypt but unfortunately, will always be associated with Watergate. Exhibits include 'Marine One' helicopter, life-size statues of world leaders that Nixon met with, a presidential vehicle, a 12-foot high piece of the Berlin wall, Nixon's birthplace and burial site, and so much more. Learn about Nixon's repeated correspondence with Elvis Presley. The grounds include gardens and a large reflecting pool.

Richard Nixon Library and Birthplace
18001 Yorba Linda Blvd.
Yorba Linda, California 92886
(714) 993-5075

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Muckenthaler Cultural Center is located north of the 91 Freeway from Euclid Street. Situated in an historic 1924 home, the Muckenthaler Cultural Center offers exhibitions, performances and educational programs focusing on Orange County. In addition to rotating art exhibits are classes in mediums like paint, ceramics, drawing, photography and more.

Muckenthaler Cultural Center
1201 Malvern Avenue
Fullerton, CA 92833
(714) 738-6595

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Marconi Automotive Museum is located off the 55 Freeway from Edinger Avenue. It features an impressive 30 million dollar collection of historical, exotic and classic cars. Cars on display include top fuel dragster, Ferrari FX, Mercedes 300 SL Gullwing, Jaguar XJ-220S and many more. The collection include super bikes, Formula 1 & Indy race cars, American muscle cars, vintage racing and high performance exotics.

Marconi Automotive Museum
1302 Industrial Drive
Tustin, CA 92780
(714) 258-3001

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MUZEO Museum is located off Interstate 5 from Lincoln Avenue. Situated across from the Anaheim City Hall, MUZEO hosts three traveling exhibitions per year. Exhibits feature artistic, cultural, historic and natural relevance. Every exhibit is enhanced with special programs, events and activities.

MUZEO Museum
241 S. Anaheim Blvd
Anaheim, CA 92805
(714) 956-8936

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Stanley Ranch Museum is located north of the 22 freeway in Garden Grove. Stanley Ranch consists of a historic homes, a fire station, lumber building and Walt Disney studio. Most of the buildings have historical significance and were moved to the property from elsewhere. The garage was used as an early studio by Walt Disney when it belonged to his uncle in North Hollywood.

Stanley Ranch Museum
12174 S Euclid Street
Garden Grove, CA 92840
(714) 530-8871

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Santa Ana Museums

Heritage Museum is located north of the 405 Freeway from Harbor Boulevard. It's comprised of several historic 1890's structures including the Kellogg House set amid floral gardens, citrus groves and fresh water wetlands. Visitors are welcome to tour the Kellogg House, working blacksmith shop, gardens and nature area.

Heritage Museum of Orange County
3101 West Harvard Street
Santa Ana, CA 92704
(714) 540-0404

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Old Courthouse Museum is located west of Interstate 5 from Santa Ana Boulevard. Situated in downtown Santa Ana, the Old Courthouse was constructed in 1901 and today displays archives and historical documents.

Old Orange County Courthouse
211 W. Santa Ana Blvd
Santa Ana, CA 92701
(714) 973-6605 or (714) 973-6607

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picture compliments of Discovery Science Center

Discovery Cube Orange County is located at the Main Street exit off Interstate 5 in Santa Ana. Just look for the giant cube on the east side of the freeway. This discovery science center is a hands-on children's museum. Examples of science, geology, physics and much more are explained in over 100 exhibits. Children learn how an airplane flies, what it feels like to be in an 8.0 earthquake, what creates a tornado and much more.

Discovery Cube Orange County
2500 N. Main Street
Santa Ana, California 92705
(714) 542-2823

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Lyon Air Museum

Lyon Air Museum is located off the 55 freeway from Baker Street. Situated on the backside of the John Wayne Airport, Lyon Air Museum features airplanes, automobiles and memorabilia with a focus on the WWII era. Museum exhibits include a B-17 Flying Fortress, A-26 Invader, 1929 Duesenberg, 1940s Helms Bakery Truck, military vehicles & motorcycles and more.

Lyon Air Museum
19300 Ike Jones Road
Santa Ana, CA 92707
(714) 210-4585

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Bowers Museum

Bowers Museum is located off Interstate 5 between Highways 55 and 22 in Santa Ana. The building itself is historic and resembles many local Spanish Missions. Permanent exhibits focus on the art and artifacts of early Californians and pre-Columbian pieces from Mexico. A multi-million dollar collection of over 1400 plein air paintings are also on display. It features some pretty impressive temporary exhibits so be sure to check what they have on display at your time of visit.

Bowers Museum
2002 N. Main Street
Santa Ana, California 92706
(714) 567-3600

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Beach Cities

International Surfing Museum is located off Pacific Coast Highway (PCH) from Main Street. Situated just two blocks from the Huntington Beach Pier, it features surfing exhibits from surf films and music to surfboards and memorabilia. Focus on Duke Kahanamoku who won swimming medals in the 1912 and 1920 Olympics and is credited with popularizing surfing world-wide. A rotating exhibit showcases the surfing-themed art of local artists.

International Surfing Museum
411 Olive Avenue
Huntington Beach, CA 92648
(714) 960-3483

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Orange County Museum of Art is located west of the 405 Freeway from Jamboree Road. Situated near Fashion Island, this is the premier art museum of Orange County. Exhibits include everything from Picasso to Pollock and comprise nearly 2,500 objects.

Orange County Museum of Art
850 San Clemente Drive
Newport Beach, CA 92660
(949) 759-1122

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Laguna Art Museum

Laguna Art Museum is located on the Pacific Coast Highway (PCH) just north of Highway 133 & Main Beach. Situated next to Las Brisas restaurant, it showcases art collections with a California focus. Art mediums include paintings, drawings, sculptures, metal works, wood carvings, textiles and more.

Laguna Art Museum
307 Cliff Drive
Laguna Beach, CA 92651
(949) 494-8971

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Irvine

The Irvine Museum is located west of the 405 Freeway from MacArthur Boulevard. Situated near the John Wayne Airport, it features an art collection from the turn of the century Impressionist Period with a focus on California lifestyle. They primarily showcase paintings.

The Irvine Museum
18881 Von Karman Avenue, Suite 100
Irvine, CA 92612
(949) 476-0294

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The Pretend City Museum is located off the 405 freeway at Irvine Center Drive. Situated near the Irvine Spectrum, this children's museum features 1500 square feet of interactive exhibits, a learning playground, gift shop and café. Educational areas include a theater, bank, construction site, fire station, farm, post office and much more. Pretend City also offers private rooms for birthday parties complete with a host, tables, chairs, refrigerator, food and drink.

Pretend City Children's Museum
29 Hubble
Irvine, CA 92618
(949) 428-3900

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