If one is looking to immerse themselves in art and culture, all one has to do is visit the Bowers Museum which is located in the heart of Santa Ana, California. The museum, which was founded in 1936, has a mission statement, which is to enrich the lives of others through the world’s finest arts and culture. Before one even enters the museum doors, they are treated to the romantic fountains scattered throughout the grounds, colorful flowers that bloom year round, and historic courtyards, where guests are free to sit and lounge at their leisure. The main architecture of the museum is Spanish-style with mission accents. This form of architecture is appropriate since it is located in a city which boasts of deep Hispanic roots.
Since the Bowers Museum has a guiding philosophy, which is to help people learn and appreciate other cultures through their arts, it was appropriate that the museum offered a diverse display of jewelry, clothing, paintings, and artifacts. One of the main attractions offered at the museum was “Warriors, Tombs and Temples: China’s Enduring Legacy”. This exhibit appeared to be the main attraction when I visited and featured the famous terra cotta warriors along with their painted garments and armor. Guests were treated to treasures of gold and silver that spanned over three dynasties in China’s history.
When one stepped into another room they were transformed back to the late 1700s into the exhibit “California Legacies: Missions and Ranchos.” Most California students would find this display familiar since we all remember studying Father Serra and the 21 missions, that was founded under his direction.
Step into another room and find the walls plastered with a collection of paintings by California artist. “California: The Golden Years” featured 22 paintings from the late 19th and early 20th centuries, consisting of landscapes, and my all time favorite,...