Orange County Museums

Check out these museums small and large. Don't forget to hashtag.

This page is meant solely as a reference. Prices and hours can change. Please check with your local museum for holiday hours. If this information is inaccurate at any time, please contact us so we can fix it for everyone.

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Newport Beach, Ca

Open:  Wed-Sun 10am-4pm

Fee: None

Focus: Historical Society and Museum

Balboa Island Museum

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Irvine, Ca

Open: Mon – Sat: 12–6 pm

Mission:  explore new relationships between the arts, sciences, and engineering

Beall Center for Art and Technology

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Costa Mesa, Ca

Open:  Thurs & Fri 10am-3pm

Focus: Historical Society, Library and Museum

Costa Mesa Historical Society Museum

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Santa Ana, Ca

Open:  Hours and days vary (check online)

Fee: $7

Focus: Historical Center

Heritage Museum of Orange County

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Irvine, Ca

Open:  Tues-Sat 11am-5pm

Fee: Done

Focus: Fine Arts

Irvine Museum

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Tustin, Ca

Open:  Mon-Fri 9am-430pm

Fee: $5 donation

Focus: Vechicles

Marconi Automotive Museum

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Laguna Beach, Ca

Open:  Fri-Sun 1pm-4pm

Fee: None

Focus: Historical Society and Historic Home

Murphy-Smith Bungalow

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Santa Ana, Ca

Open:  Thurs-Sun 12pm-5pm

Fee: Free

Focus: Contemporary Art

Orange County Center for Contemporary Art

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Yorba Linda, Ca

Open:  Mon-Sat 10am-5pm & Sun 11am-5pm

Fee: $16

Focus: Richard Nixon and presidential artifacts

Richard Nixon Presidental Library and Museum

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Brea, Ca

Open: Thurs. 2-5pm & Sat.

10-3pm.

Focus: Historical Society and Museum

Brea Museum and Heritage Center

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San Clemente, Ca

Open:  Tues to Thurs 11am-4pm & Fri to Sun 10am-2pm

Fee: $5

Focus: Historic Home

Casa Romantica

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Costa Mesa, Ca

Open: Tues-Thurs 11am-4pm, Fri-Sat 11am-5pm, &

Sun 11am-3pm​

Fee: Free

Focus: Cal State Fullerton student-focused art gallery

CSUF Grand Central Art Center

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Orange, Ca

Open:  Tues to Sat 11am - 5pm

Fee: None

Focus: Art Museum

Hilbert Museum of California Art at Chapman University

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Laguna Beach, Ca

Open:  Mon, Tues, Fri-Sun 11am-5p,m & Thurs 11am-9pm

Fee: $7

Focus: California Art

Laguna Beach Museum

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San Juan Capistrano, Ca

Open:  9am-5pm

Fee: $10

Focus: Historic Grounds and California

Mission San Juan Capistrano

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Anaheim, Ca

Open: Weds-Sun 10am-5pm

Fee: None

Focus: Art

Muzeo

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Newport Beach, Ca

OCMA is currently closed due to heavy renovations and will not reopen until 2021.

OCMA is currently sharing art exhibitions at South Coast Plaza.

Open: Thurs 11-8pm &

Fri-Sun 11-6pm

Fee: Free

Orange County Museum of Art

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San Clemente, Ca

Open:  Tues-Sun 11am-5pm

 

Focus: Surfing

Surfing Heritage and Culture Center

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Costa Mesa, Ca

Open:  Thurs & Fri 10am-3pm

Focus: Historical Society, Library and Museum

Bowers Museum

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La Habra, Ca

Open: Tues to Fri 10am - 4pm,
Sat 10am-5pm & Sun 1pm-5pm 

Fee: $10

Focus: Children's Museum

Children's Museum at La Habra

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Santa Ana, Ca

Open:  10am-5pm

Fee: $19.95 (Adults) &

$14.95 (hild)

Focus: Children's Science Museum

Discovery Cube, OC

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Huntington Beach, Ca

Open:  Tues- Sun 10am-5pm

Fee: $3

Focus: Surfing Museum

International Surfing Museum

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Santa Ana, Ca

Open:  10am-4pm

Fee: $12

Focus: Aircraft and Vehicles

Lyon Air Museum

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Orange County, Ca

Orange County Parks includes a list of hiking trails,  parks and historic homes. 

Most places are free and they are usually a great place to experience nature and history

Orange County Parks

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Dana Point, Ca

Open:  Mon-Thurs 10am-4pm & Sat-Sun 10am-3pm

Fee: $10

Focus: Oceanography

Ocean Institute

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Irvine, Ca

Open: Sun 11am-5pm,Mon 10am-1pm & Tues-Sat 10am-5pm

Fee: $12.50

Focus: Children's Museum​

Pretend City Children's Museum

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