Free admission to Bowers Museum located at 2002 N. Main Street, Santa Ana 92706.
Museum is open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Admission is free on the 1st Sunday of every month (regular admission price on weekend is $15; admission to both regular and special exhibit is $17).
Admission to the current special exhibit - Gems of the Medici is limited to the first 1,500 guests.
Admission to the regular exhibits is also limited to 1,500 guests per day but tickets will be distributed at a staggered 250 tickets per hour on a first-come, first-served basis. So you can show up at 3 p.m. and have a similar chance to receive free admission. Keep in mind the museum closes at 4 p.m.
Parking may be $6+ at the museum lot. Street parking may be free on Sundays but please check all signs before you park on a street.
On certain Sundays, I will suggest here to meet for group luncheon or dinner. However you may use the board below to suggest and coordinate your meeting times, luncheon, dinner, etc.
You can arrive and leave at a time of your choosing. Please take your family and friends. However let's all try to meet and exchange greetings around 1 p.m. in front of the TARGET FREE FIRST SUNDAYS banner near the membership desk (exactly where "7" is marked on the map below.
I may not be in attendance at 1 p.m. depending on my schedule. If I am unable, I will ask a co-host to be present.
On Sunday 05/05/13, I arrived around 3 p.m. and still got to view the special Medici exhibit.
This event may be cross-posted in other meetup group(s).
GEMS OF THE MEDICI
Tuesday, April 16 - Sunday, September 15, 2013
In the mid-1400s, many celebrated artists, goldsmiths, silversmiths and engravers were attracted by the abundance of wealth in the city of Florence, but the most important factor in this gathering of talent was the presence of the Medici family. For almost three hundred years, generation after generation of Medici dominated city affairs and steered the course of art history. It was the Medici family who funded the workshops of these artists and artisans, who commissioned and collected the masterpieces of art and antiquity. From founding father to the last Grand Duke, the immense power and wealth of this great dynasty was invested in its legendary collections, of which the collection renowned as the Gems of the Medici is perhaps the finest in the world.
Gems of the Medici, a world premier exhibition, highlights some of the oldest and most unique pieces of the Medici collections including antiquities dating from the 1st Century BCE as well as a cornelian which was part of the Seal of Nero.
Thank you to the Target Corporation for making access possible to all visitors on Target Free First Sundays and to the Nicholas Endowment for sponsoring our Family Festivals on the first Sunday of each month. Bowers also offers free general admission to Santa Ana residents, with proof of residency, each Tuesday, through a generous donation in memory of Dorothy Goerl and courtesy of the Lockhart Family.
TARGET FREE FIRST SUNDAYS
Visitors to the Bowers can enjoy free access to the museum, Kidseum, and all activities on the first Sunday of every month, thanks to the Target Corporation. Due to occupancy limits of popular and specially ticketed exhibits, ticket distribution is limited to 1500 tickets per day, 250 per hour on a first-come, first-served basis. All visitors must be present at the time of ticket distribution. Reservations are not accepted.