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  • Arts & Museums

    »Ocean Institute

    The Ocean Institute is located in beautiful Dana Point Harbor and offers ocean science and maritime history programs. It is open to the general public on the weekend. Enjoy hundreds of marine animals in aquariums, watch animal feedings, and see ocean-themed exhibits and videos. Kids can enjoy the hands-on activities. For an extra charge, take a tall ship or marine mammal cruise. The Dana Point Marine Protected Area is steps away from the Institute.

    24200 Dana Point Harbor Drive
    Dana Point, CA 92629

    »Dana Point Coastal Arts

    A cultural arts and education center that provides permanent and visiting exhibits, performances, and related cultural opportunities, including large and small events, from concerts and art exhibits to intimate discussion and workshop groups.

    34118 Pacific Coast Highway #3
    Dana Point, California 92629

    »Mission San Juan Capistrano

    Historic Mission San Juan Capistrano is a California icon. Perhaps most famous for visits from its annual guests of honor, the swallows, the Mission means many things to many people. For Californians, it is a powerful symbol of the state's complicated colonial history. For Catholics, it is a profound religious site, indicative of the Church's own complex heritage. History buffs spend hours reveling in the facility's many exhibits and displays, connecting viscerally with the sights, sounds and feelings of generations long past. For visitors of any background, it is an undeniably gorgeous place to spend an afternoon - replete with striking architectural elements and lovingly cared-for gardens.

    26801 Ortega Highway
    San Juan Capistrano, CA 92675

    »Orange County Natural History Museum

    The Orange County Natural History Association is committed to the preservation, exhibition, and interpretation of Orange County's natural history. Its goal is to make the public more aware of the environment. Visitors can learn about the habitat of Orange County, its climate and the animals that live there now and those that lived there in the past. It offers a monthly lecture series on a topic related to natural history. Admission is $2 for adults, $1 for seniors and children under 12.

    28373 Alicia Parkway
    Laguna Niguel, CA 92677

    »Surf Gallery

    The unique history and culture of surfers is a big part of the Southern California's personality. As such, the Surf Gallery pays tribute to the whole scene by featuring regular exhibitions by, for and about surfers. Photos capturing the athletes in action hang alongside oil paintings meticulously produced in the off-season by surfers both well-known and up-and-coming.

    911 South Coast Highway
    Laguna Beach, CA 92651

    »Wyland Galleries

    While in Laguna Beach, be sure to visit the oceanfront gallery of Wyland, an artist well-known for his paintings of marine life. Nicknamed the "Marine Michelangelo," the first thing you'll be amazed by is the variety of mediums used in his art. Murals are seen on the exterior walls while bronze sculptures loom over the front entrance. The inside overflows with even more: Lucite sculptures, acrylic sculptures, oil paintings, abstract art, brush art, photographs, bronze tables, portholes and mirrors.

    509 South Coast Highway
    Laguna Beach, CA 92651

    »Richard MacDonald Galleries

    Sculpture by Richard MacDonald is the focus of this gallery. MacDonald is a native Californian and one of the most collected living sculptors in the United States. His bronze sculptures bring to mind the craftsmanship of times past. His works are highlighted in museums and galleries all over the world, and he has his own galleries not just in Laguna Beach, but also in Monterey and San Francisco. Other artists featured in the gallery include Robert Heindel, Marc Whitney, and Ann Jian Wang.

    326 Glenneyre Street
    Laguna Beach, CA 92651

    »Fingerhut Gallery

    This is part of a group of galleries owned by Alan Fingerhut, who also publishes art books. The primary artists here are Stephen Holland, Jiang, Barbara McCann and Joanna Zjawinska. Like many Laguna Beach galleries, this one caters to more mainstream tastes, but there are certainly some less characteristic works offered. A scattering of legends can also be found here including Rembrandt, Dr. Seuss and Marc Chagall. Recently, the gallery hosted an exhibit entitled Modern Masters, which included Picasso, Miro, Chagall and Matisse. Admission is free.

    210 Forest Avenue
    Laguna Beach, CA 92651

    »Gallery 224 Contemporary Art

    This art gallery in downtown Laguna Beach has contemporary solo, group and conceptual exhibitions. You will find paintings, sculpture, photography and mixed media on display. The gallery displays only the most talented, promising artists with a focus on southern California artists. The shows rotate monthly. In addition, the gallery is available for private receptions.

    224 Forest Avenue
    Laguna Beach, CA 92651

    »Diane Nelson Fine Art

    This gallery features both solo and group exhibitions of fine art by a wide range of artists in many different mediums. Some of the artists represented include Sally Storch, Richard Bunkall, Wolf Kahn, Marco Sassone, Susan Weller, John Kennedy, and Jerry Wayne Downs. The gallery offers both established and emerging artists an opportunity to show their work. Diane Nelson opened the gallery in 1995. The space is designed with skylights and special lighting in order to better display the artwork. It is a great gallery to visit if you are in Laguna Beach.

    435 Ocean Avenue
    Laguna Beach, CA 92651

    »Laguna Art Museum

    Laguna Beach has long been a center for art. Creative types tired of the hustle and bustle of Los Angeles flocked here in droves to work their magic along Laguna's pristine shores. The Laguna Art Museum continues this proud heritage with an impressive list of year-round exhibitions and programming. Within these hallowed halls, you'll find classic and contemporary works by artists both fledgling and world renowned. An emphasis is placed on Californians, but the museum's scope is global nonetheless. See website for exhibition schedule and complete visitation particulars.

    307 Cliff Drive
    Laguna Beach, CA 92651

    »Museum of the First People

    This museum is home to one of the best collections of the Southern California Mission Indian art and artifacts, including tools, pottery, ceremonial items, basketry and art. It is a great place to visit, and makes for an educational learning experience. There is a lot to learn about this special group of people. Admission is free.

    305 North Coast Highway
    Laguna Beach, CA 92651
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