List of museums in Orange County, California

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Orange County is a county in the U.S. state of California. Its county seat is Santa Ana. As of the 2010 census, its population was 3,010,232, up from 2,846,293 at the 2000 census, making it the third most populous county in California, behind Los Angeles County and San Diego County.[1]

This is a list of museums, defined for this context as institutions (including nonprofit organizations, government entities, and private businesses) that collect and care for objects of cultural, artistic, scientific, or historical interest and make their collections or related exhibits available for public viewing. Also included are non-profit and university art galleries. Museums that exist only in cyberspace (i.e., virtual museums) are not included.

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Museums

NameImageTown/CityTypeSummary
Anaheim MuseumAnaheimLocal historywebsite
Arden Modjeska Historic Home & GardenLake ForestHistoric houseOpen by appointment, home of Shakespearean actress Helena Modjeska
Astor Classics Event CenterAnaheimMultiplewebsite, automobile museum, and communications & radio museum
Balboa Island MuseumBalboa IslandLocal historyinformation
Blakey Historical Park and MuseumWestminsterLocal historyinformation
Bowers MuseumEntrance 1431.jpgSanta AnaMultipleOrange County history, Native American, African, Pre-Columbian and Asian art, paintings, South American ethnographic items, decorative arts, natural history
Bradford HousePlacentiaHistoric houseOperated by the Placentia Founders Society, furnished in 1900-1920s style
Brea Museum and Heritage CenterBreaLocal historywebsite
Bryant Museum and Botanic Garden, Susanna BixbySusanna Bixby Bryant Museum and Botanic GardenYorba LindaLocal historyinformation, information
Buena Park Historical SocietyBuena ParkLocal historywebsite
Children's Museum at La HabraLa HabraChildren'swebsite
Children's Museum of Orange CountyIrvineChildren'swebsite, also known as Pretend City Children's Museum, opened in August 2009
Costa Mesa Historical Society Museum and HeadquartersCosta MesaLocal historywebsite
Discovery Science CenterDisc-ext2.jpgSanta AnaScience
Dr. Willella Howe-Waffle House and Medical MuseumSanta AnaHistoric houseOperated by the Santa Ana Historical Preservation Society, late 19th century home of a female physician
Fullerton ArboretumArboretum 023.jpgFullertonMultipleIncludes the Orange County Agricultural and Nikkei Heritage Museum, and Heritage House, an 1890s Victorian house museum
Fullerton Museum CenterFullertonMultiplewebsite, history, cultural and fine arts, and sciences
Heritage Museum of Orange CountySanta AnaHistoric housewebsite, Victorian era house, formerly Centennial Heritage Museum
International Surfing MuseumSurfingmuseum.jpgHuntington BeachSportsHistory of the surfing culture throughout the world
Irvine Historical MuseumIrvineHistoric housewebsite, operated by the Irvine Historical Society
Irvine MuseumIrvineArtwebsite, California art of the impressionist period 1890-1930
Key Ranch Historical Park, GeorgeGeorge Key Ranch Historical ParkPlacentiaHistoric house1898 historic house and collection of dry farming and citrus farming equipment and tools
Laguna Art MuseumLaguna BeachArtCalifornia art
Los Alamitos MuseumLos AlamitosLocal historyinformation
Marconi Automotive MuseumTustinAutomotivewebsite, historical, exotic, and classic cars including super bikes, open wheel racing cars, American muscle cars, vintage racing and high performance exotics
Mission San Juan CapistranoMission San Juan Capistrano1.JPGSan Juan CapistranoHistoryRemains of the historic Spanish mission and church
Mother Colony HouseAnaheimHistoric housewebsite, tours by appointment only
Muckenthaler Cultural CenterFullertonArtCultural arts center with exhibit gallery
Murphy-Smith BungalowLaguna BeachHistoric housewebsite, operated by the Laguna Beach Historical Society
Museum of Biblical and Sacred WritingsIrvineArchaeologywebsite, planned museum
MuzeoAnaheimMultiplewebsite, changing exhibitions about the arts, knowledge, entertainment and culture
Newland HouseHuntington BeachHistoric housewebsite, oldest residence in city of Huntington Beach
Newport Harbor Nautical MuseumNewport BeachMaritimewebsite
Newport Sports MuseumNewport BeachSportsSports memorabilia including items from football, baseball, basketball, hockey, golf, the Olympics and more
Nixon Presidential Library and Museum, RichardRichard Nixon Presidential Library and MuseumNixon Library and Gardens.jpgYorba LindaBiographicalLife of President Richard Nixon, includes his birthplace home
Ocean InstituteTide pool2.jpgDana PointMaritimeOpen to the public on weekends, features marine life aquariums, marine science exhibits and programs, tours of Pilgrim, a replica museum brig ship
Old Orange County CourthouseOld OC Courthouse 02.jpgLake ForestLocal historyContains the Orange County History Center
Orange County Center for Contemporary ArtSanta AnaArtwebsite
Orange County Museum of ArtNewport BeachArtModern and contemporary art
Peralta Adobe, RamonRamon Peralta AdobeAnaheimHistoric housewebsite
Santa Ana Fire Department MuseumSanta AnaFirefightingwebsite
Sepulveda Adobe, DiegoDiego Sepulveda AdobeCosta MesaHistoric houseOperated by the Costa Mesa Historical Society
Serrano Adobe, JoseJose Serrano AdobeJosé Serrano Adobe.jpgLake ForestOpen airIncludes the Jose Serrano Adobe, 1863; El Toro Grammar School, 1890; St. George's Episcopal Mission, 1891; Harvey Bennett Ranch House, 1908
Shroud Center of Southern CaliforniaFountain ValleyReligiouswebsite, scientific research and exhibit center dedicated to discovering the truths within the Shroud of Turin
Stanley Ranch MuseumGarden GroveOpen airinformation, information, operated by the Garden Grove Historical Society
Surfing Heritage FoundationSan ClementeSportswebsite
Tustin Area MuseumTustinLocal historywebsite, operated by the Tustin Area Historical Society

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