Orange County is a cultural hub for a world of experiences.

Orange County is a cultural hub for a world of experiences. From automobiles and science to historic artifacts and cultural paintings, there are a variety of museums to explore that will give visitors a glimpse into the cultures of the world and snapshots into key periods of history. Check out this top list of museums throughout the county!

Bowers Museum

Voted “The Best Museum in Orange County” by the readers of The Orange County Register for 16 consecutive years, Bowers Museum gives visitors pieces of the world’s finest art and culture. Founded in 1968, the museum continues to be a center for cultural learning and diversity. More than just a museum, they open their space to host a number of exhibitions, lectures, art classes, travel programs, children’s art education programs, and more. Did we forget to mention they also have a Kidseum?

Muzeo Museum

Shining a spotlight on history and culture, Muzeo Museum is a cultural hub in Downtown Anaheim. Near Center Street Promenade, the museum and cultural center upholds centuries of art, culture and history. Visitors can sign up for a tour or explore the museum at their own pace. While showcasing years worth of history, Muzeo always shows love towards its home in Anaheim. The museum upholds a permanent exhibit “Anaheim: A Walk Through Local History” that gives a behind the scenes scoops into what shaped the city into what it is today.

Irvine Museum

A true testament to Southern California art – The Irvine Museum is home to an extensive collection of impressionist art dedicated to showcasing California landscapes. Every piece of art shows a different piece of California from a changing perspective with bright colors and different art media.

Lyon Air Museum

Located within John Wayne Airport, the Lyon Air Museum celebrates the history of aviation and automobiles. Set up within a real airline hangar, the museum is home to vintage aircrafts, rare automobiles and related memorabilia. Each piece and display has a history and tells a story of the great events of the 20th century, including World War ll. Sign up for a guided tour and volunteers will key you in on awesome facts about the models and displays.

Marconi Automotive Museum


ExplorOcean is an ocean literacy center in Newport Beach, perfectly situated on the water near the Balboa Boat Rentals and Newport Landing. There’s always a lot going on here – from summer camps and lectures to hands-on exhibits on ships and sea life. At ExplorOcean, you don’t just visit their galleries, but rather discover a unique experience dedicated to all things ocean, nautical and maritime. The best part is, it costs less than a movie.

Discovery Cube Orange County

You can’t miss the giant cube hanging off the side of the 5 freeway. Since 1998, this sprawling museum offers curious young minds plenty of exciting math, science and learning experiences. The Discovery Cube offers an exciting and diverse range of new and rotating exhibits that are fun for both adults and children focusing on interactive learning and today’s culture.

Voted “The Best Museum in Orange County” by the readers of The Orange County Register for 16 consecutive years.