Art on Display: The Top 5 Art Galleries in Orange County

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In the eye of the beholder? Yes, they do say that, but if you’re not beholding anything, then there’s nothing to judge. Try any of these top 5 art galleries and you’ll have an eyeful. With so many different choices, there’ll be something no matter what you prefer. Just keep an open mind, open your eyes and take it all in.

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1 Orange County Museum of Art

Orange County's most well-known collection of contemporary art not only hosts the California Biennial, but it also is home to some of the most amazing and interesting displays you'll see. From video art to lumps of clay that beg for interaction, coming here means you'll see things you haven't even thought of before.

850 San Clemente Dr.

Newport Beach, California 92660


2 Bowers Museum

For more culture than contemporary, the Bowers has a permanent exhibit that spans everything from Chinese antiquities to rare gems, but the draw is always its big ticket exhibitions, like Egyptian mummies and more. A strong community establishment, this museum is a gem OC is proud to have.

2002 N. Main St.

Santa Ana, CA 92706


3 Museum of Latin American Art

A little north of our county, the Latin American Museum of Art is worth the drive. With traditional art displayed alongside more contemporary offerings, it's got something for everyone -- with a Latin twist. With performances and events happening all the time, no two visits will be the same.

628 Alamitos Ave.

Long Beach, CA 90802


4 Laguna Art Museum

For a seaside escape and a more casual and relaxed museum, visiting the Laguna Art Museum while you peruse the city's other smaller galleries will give you a glimpse at classic coastal art. From Plein Air to Postmodern, they've got a little bit of everything for everyone.

307 Cliff Dr.

Laguna Beach, CA 92651


5 Pageant of the Masters

One of Orange County's proudest institutions, the Pageant of the Masters is unlike any other art exhibit anywhere. The tableaux vivants that come alive every summer never cease to amaze audiences. When the lights dim, the pictures magically come to life during a show that literally takes you into the art itself.

650 Laguna Canyon Rd.

Laguna Beach, CA 92651

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