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Huntington Beach, CA 92647
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Arts & Museums
This home, maintained by the Historical Society, was built in 1898 in the Queen Anne style and is the oldest remaining house in Huntington Beach. Visitors stroll through the house and view antiques from that era in all their polished glory. The house is furnished with beautiful period antiques and the charming gift shop sells souvenirs related to historical Orange County and the house. There is a lot of charm to be seen here, so take the time to step off the beaten path and have a look.
Located in Santa Ana, the Heritage Museum of Orange County is 12 acre (4 hectares) complex that features a museum, historic buildings, manicured gardens and citrus grove. Promoting and preserving the history and culture of Orange County, the museum offers unique, educational hands-on programs for both students and visitors. Public tours, fundraisers and themed events such as tea parties and more are offered throughout the year. This beautiful site is also rented out for weddings.
Huntington Beach does indeed live up to its "Surf City" title as the most surfed beach in the west. Appropriately enough, this is a shrine to all those who have mastered the long board. Surfboards, surfing films, surfing music and plenty of memorabilia can be found here. The main attractions, however, are the items related to the great Duke Kahanamoku. This Olympic swimmer popularized surfing back in the 1920s, and both a bronze bust and one of his original hardwood boards can be found in the museum.
The Diego Sepúlveda Adobe is an ancient structure which was constructed in the early 19th century. As the name suggests, it is an adobe structure and was home to the herdsmen of a nearby mission. The adobe is located amidst a beautiful green setting, now known as the Estancia Park. The structure was restored and has been preserved well by the Costa Mesa Historical Society. It is now operated as a museum and open to public from 12 pm to 4 pm on the first and third Saturday of each month. The adobe overlooks the Santa Ana River bed and has a marvelous setting. The facility is also available on rent for private events like weddings and meetings. The picturesque view and the historic significance of the building make it a perfect venue for many functions.
Tucked away at the center of a rather banal group of office buildings, lies the fascinating landscape of the California Scenario. Brainchild of the famed sculptor Isamu Noguchi, this sculpture garden is often also referred to as Noguchi Garden. Since its completion in 1982, the garden has come to be reputed as one California's foremost public-access art works and has attracted much praise from critics. California Scenario is centered around a magnificent installation titled "The Spirit of the Lima Bean", and includes six more pieces that have been spread across the garden, creating a space that is tranquil, yet whimsical, arousing curiosity and intrigue in the minds of all those who visit. While the garden attracts visitors from all walks of life, it is usually frequented by photographers, art enthusiasts and those who work at the nearby offices during lunch hours.
The ARTery is comprised of three shipping containers arranged end to end, the drab industrial exterior belying the funky local artwork housed inside. Focusing exclusively on works produced by the artsy denizens of the surrounding area, contemporary designs and techniques enjoy a steady stream of bohemian gallery hoppers from the adjacent Lab Anti-Mall. Several charity and outreach events are held at ARTery on a regular basis, meaning your visit can contribute to the gallery's mission of community involvement.
In collaboration with the city of Santa Ana, the Grand Central Art Center at Cal State Fullerton features exhibits and performances by established and emerging artists. The complex consists of live/work studios for graduate students, in addition to art galleries and a theater for performance art.
Located in historic downtown Santa Ana, Nomadic Image is far from traditional. The gallery endlessly reinvents itself with a new show every two months. Past themes include Mardi Gras and red-light districts, and they have also hosted events dedicated solely to images by point-and-shoot cameras. The space takes on a new look that is unique to each show; the walls have been black, red, covered in newspapers or adorned with chain link fencing. The ceiling has also taken on various guises, sometimes composed entirely of exposed pipes and sometimes swathed in fabric. Nomadic Image is supported by an eclectic group of photographers who take more pride in creativity than marketing. Each image, from its content and technique to its presentation, is meant to invoke thought and appreciation. The best time to visit the gallery is during the Santa Ana Art Walk, which takes place on the first Saturday evening of each month.
The Orange County Center For Contemporary Art (OCCCA) is run entirely by artists and showcases art by both emerging and established artists. The emphasis is on local artists. It also features lectures on various subjects, performance art and musical concerts, and participates in public outreach programs that are committed to cultural diversity. The main purpose is the pursuit of freedom of expression in the arts and to provide a forum to explore and develop ideas in contemporary art.
This museum is located in southern California's oldest courthouse, which was built in 1901 in the Romanesque Revival style. It is home to rotating exhibits about local history. Much of the building has been restored to its original state, including the original early 20th century courtroom and judge's chamber that are open to the public.
Howe-Waffle House and Medical Museum is named so because it belonged to Dr. Willella Howe-Waffle, who was one of the first female physicians in the entire county till she died in 1924. Built by Stoughton and George in 1889, the Late Victorian Queen Anne style house now operates as Dr. Willella Howe-Waffle House and Medical Museum by the Santa Ana Historical Preservation Society in honor of the original owner. It open for tours on the first Saturday of every other month, starting from February.
Founded in 1932, this is likely the best all-around museum in Orange County. The complex has particularly come into its own since its re-opening in 1992 with expanded and improved exhibition spaces. Created with funds donated by Charles Bowers, the complex was built in the style of the California Missions, and is adorned with murals honoring that motif. Originally intended by Mr. Bowers to focus on local history, the museum has since enlarged its focus to incorporate artifacts from the cultures of Southeast Asia, Oceania, Mexico and Native America.