Virtual Public Tours

Sunday, Tuesday and Thursday, 2 - 3 pm

During uncertain times, making connections is more important than ever. Let the Bowers continue Bringing the World to You.

Highly trained docents will lead you on a virtual tour through our galleries to explore the connections between cultures around the globe.

Registration is now open for virtual public tours, geared for all ages. Use the drop down menu below to explore tour options or checkout the Program Calendar for upcoming dates and reserve your virtual spot today!

$5 Members, $10 General. Ticketholders will receive a private link to view the online presentation prior to the tour.

Virtual Private Group Tours

Have fun and experience something new with loved ones, near and far. Book a private tour to take online with friends and family, on your chosen date and time.

Use the drop down menu to explore tour options and then contact us at tours@bowers.org or (714) 567-3680 to book your virtual experience today!

Member $5 General $10. Ticketholders will receive a private link to view the online presentation prior to the tour. Discounted pricing available for groups of 50 or more.

Tour Themes for Public and Private Groups

Treasures in Gold & Jade

This virtual tour of the Bower’s newest installation features works of incredible beauty and complexity by two of Taiwan’s premier artists: Huang Fu Shou and Wu Ching. Learn more about the exhibition here.

Virtual School Tours + Art Instruction

Tuesday - Friday, 9 am-  4 pm

Experience social emotional learning -- across your curriculum -- through the arts. All virtual K-12 school tours are 30 minutes with accompanying art instruction of 60 minutes.

Use the drop down menu below to explore Virtual School Tour options and contact us at tours@bowers.org or (714) 567-3680 to book your tour today!

Cost: $13/student. Limited Grant funding available to Orange County Title I schools.

Tour Themes for School Tours

California Legacies: A Timeline of Cultures

Sequential 3-Part Series

These 3 tours may be booked separately or as a series at a series discount to take students on an adventure through California in the historic wing of the Bowers Museum.

Part 1: First Californians

Before Europeans claimed the land of California, the indigenous first Californians created a sustainable existence - living with nature’s gifts from both the land and the sea. Explore the Bowers’ extensive permanent collection of Native American art and artifacts in stone, shell, and spectacular basketry. Through close observation and guided inquiry, students develop an understanding of the culture of Native Californians.

Part 2: Mission and Ranchos

The evolution of this land, from First Californians in 1776 to the Missions era and then discuss why the mission era was created and then ended after colonizing California. Detailed discussion includes artifacts from Mission San Juan Capistrano.


Part 3: First Californians through the Gold Rush

This is a short tour of about 15 minutes. Discussion Questions and Answers can be provided to the teacher or given by a docent.

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.