Group Tours Health & Safety

Onsite Public Tours are back!

To ensure the safety of our staff and visitors, group tours of 15 or more will be required to wear masks, regardless of vaccination status. Complimentary masks will be provided through the admissions desk for any visitors who might need them. Please visit our Health & Safety Page for details and exceptions.


Public Gallery Tours

Meet at the main admissions desk to enjoy a docent-led gallery tour free with your general admission ticket. Choose from 'Best of Bowers' highlights of the permanent collection or 'Public Gallery Tour' - a sort of choose your own adventure theme. Tours are subject to volunteer docent availability and may need to be cancelled without notice. Thank you in advance for your understanding.

Tue - Fri*
1 pm Best of Bowers Public Tour
2 pm Public Gallery Tour

11 am Public Gallery Tour
1 pm Best of Bowers Public Tour
2 pm Public Gallery Tour

11:30 am Public Gallery Tour
*1 pm Best of Bowers Public Tour
2:30 pm Public Gallery Tour

*Note: There will be no tours on the first Wed, first Fri, second Thur, and Third Tues of the month until further notice because of volunteer shortages due to the pandemic. There will also be no 1 pm Best of Bowers Tours on Festival Days.

Private Group Tours

Book your Group Tour today! Email or call us at 714-567-3680.

Plan an extraordinary day for your group! 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!

Click here to download a Group Tour Flyer.

Virtual Public Tours

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.

Contact us at 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.

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.

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

Cost: $18/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.

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 20 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!

Click here to download a Group Tour Flyer.

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 - 4 pm, 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.

Group Admission Rates

General Admission

General Admission

Adults: $14
Seniors (age 62+) and Students (12+): $11
Members and Children (under 12): Free

Special Exhibitions

Special Exhibitions

Adults: $22
Seniors (age 62+) and Students (12+): $19
Children (Under 12): $7
Children (Under 3): Free
Members (after first free visit):$10