Private Gallery Tours

Contact us via email tours@bowers.org or call us at (714)-567-3680

Plan an extraordinary day for your group! Whether planning a visit for 15 or for 150, the Bowers offers a variety of docent-guided and self-guided touring options through any of our permanent or special exhibitions. Group tours of 15 or more enjoy special discounts on admission, dining, and shopping!

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Group benefits

When you schedule your tour through the Tours Office, groups of 15 or more receive some special group benefits!

  • Groups of 15 or more receive $1 off general admission and $3 special exhibitions!
  • May include a private, guided tour led by our amazing docents
  • Enjoy specially priced group dining options through Tangata
  • Groups of 25 or more also receive 20% discount in the Gallery Store – more than shopping, it’s a cultural experience!
  • Tour Operators receive 1 free ticket for every 15 purchased!

Docent-Guided Tours

Docent-guided tours are available for any of our featured or permanent exhibitions. A docent-guided tour covers one gallery and typically lasts 45 minutes to 1 hour. We also offer a special docent-guided tour called “Best of the Bowers” featuring highlights of galleries throughout the museum, providing an in-depth look at the museum’s unique collections!

Docent-guided tours can be scheduled Tuesdays-Fridays after 12 pm or Saturdays and Sundays starting as early as 11 am.

We require a minimum of 15 guests to receive special group rates and benefits. There is no additional fee for a docent-guided tour. Groups of less than 15 guests may schedule a private, guided tour at the regular admission rate.

Self-Guided Tours

Self-guided tours can be scheduled anytime during regular museum hours, Tuesday - Sunday 10 am-4p m, and can be completed at your group's own pace. We require a minimum of 15 guests in order to receive special group rates and benefits.

Daily Gallery Tours

Best of Bowers Tour

Daily at 1pm (excluding the first Sunday of the month)

Our Bowers Docents will guide our guests on a special tour featuring high-lights of the permanent galleries throughout the museum, providing a great overview of the museum’s unique collections! (Subject to availability)

Public Gallery Tour

Weekdays at 2pm and Weekends at 11am and 2pm
Our Bowers Docents will guide our guests on a detailed tour of the exhibi-tion of your choosing! (Subject to availability)

Docent-Guided Tours in Spanish and Mandarin

As a new service to our visitors, docent-guided tours in Spanish and Mandarin will be available for Guo Pei: Couture Beyond and Ceramics of Western Mexico in June and July on the following dates: 6/2/19, 6/15/19, 6/23/19, 7/7/19, 7/13/19, 7/14/19 at 2 - 3 pm. No reservations required. Simply check-in at the admissions desk at least 10 minutes in advance of the tour.

DINING

At Tangata

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TANGATA is open for lunch Tuesday – Friday from 11 am-3 pm, with a new Brunch menu available Saturdays & Sundays!

If you are a group of less than 15 guests and would like to plan a dining experience at Tangata during your visit, please contact the restaurant directly for reservations at 714-550-0906.

Groups of 15 or more can contact Al Kanjo of Patina Catering at 949-244-7619 or akanjo@patinagroup.com at least 2 weeks in advance for group reservations and specially priced group dining options. Additional menu options, including reduced portion sizes at reduced rates, may be available for your group.

If you are dining at Tangata, your parking fee can be reimbursed through the parking attendant with Tangata validation before 3 pm, or at the Visitor Services desk after.

For more information about Tangata, Click here

Group Rates

General Admission

Weekdays
Adults: $12
Seniors (age 62+) and Students (12+): $9
Members and Children ( under 12): FREE (up to 2 children free per paying adult)

Pricing includes entry to all general admission galleries, and does not include specially ticketed exhibitions

Weekend
Adults: $14
Seniors (age 62+) and Students (12+): $11
Members and Children (under 12): FREE (up to 2 children free per paying adult)

Pricing includes entry to all general admission galleries, and does not include specially ticketed exhibitions

Special Exhibitions

Weekdays
Adults: $20
Seniors (age 62+) and Students (12+): $17
Members: $7
Children (under 12): FREE (up to 2 children free per paying adult)

Pricing includes entry to all general admission galleries, and does not include specially ticketed exhibitions

Weekend
Adults: $22
Seniors (age 62+) and Students (12+): $19
Members: $7
Children (under 12): FREE (up to 2 children free per paying adult)

Pricing includes entry to all general admission galleries, and does not include specially ticketed exhibitions

QUESTIONS? Ready to Schedule?

Please contact the Tours Office at 714-567-3680 or email tours@bowers.org

Docent Ambassador Program

In collaboration with Bowers Museum, the Docent Guild offers free presentations to civic and community groups as well as service organizations and clubs. Docents serve as Museum Ambassadors to inform groups about current and upcoming special exhibitions, permanent gallery collections, and public programming opportunities. To book an event for your group, please contact the Bowers Museum Education Department at education@bowers.org or 714.567.3680.