Embracing El Nino: Top 5 Orange County Museums For Millennials

El Nino is a weather sensation that comes every 4 years and brings a torrent of rain, snow, and bad weather. Since El Nino is predicted to be heavy in the first couple months of 2016, many SoCal residents are preparing to be hammered with weather. But what is there to do when it’s too cold to surf or raining too hard to go outside? Check out this list of the top 5 Orange County museums Millennials will love.

  1. The Bodies Exhibition, Buena Park

DSC-0212Not for the faint-hearted, the Bodies Exhibition in Buena Park showcases actual human bodies. Each body highlights a different part of the human anatomy, such as the lungs which show a smokers’ lung vs. a non-smokers’ lung. There are some exhibits which may trigger some people, such as the evolution of a fetus at different ages, so be warned that this may not be for everyone. If you can stomach the actual body parts and disinfectant smell, it’s well worth a look.

Cost: $22 for adults (save $2 by booking online), or check Groupon for occasional deals

2. The Marconi Automotive Museum, Tustin

5082746865_608de3166cCar guys and vintage buffs alike will appreciate the Marconi Auto Museum, which features a variety of street cars and race cars. There are also famous cars that have been featured in movies and TV. As of this writing the museum is open for tours Monday-Friday from 9am-4:30pm, but click here for the most updated information.

Cost: suggested $5 donation per person, which benefits a children’s charity

3. International Surfing Museum, Huntington Beach

International Surfing Museum

Celebrating the surf culture of Huntington, the Surfing Museum is open daily except Mondays. Great surfboards and surfing legends alike are showcased in this museum. They also hold fundraisers such as the upcoming Surf City Splash on January 1st, 2016, to keep the history going.

Cost: $2

4. Bowers Museum, Santa Ana


The Bowers Museum is for the more artsy crowd, and features a large variety of artwork from sculptures to watercolors from across the world. The exhibits rotate every few months and keep it interesting. Exhibitions tend to focus on the Western world, primarily Mexico and California. For those Millennials with kids, there’s a Kidseum to keep them busy. No kids? Check out Thirsty Thursdays at the Museum. Be sure to check the hours before you go as they are currently open Tuesday-Sunday from 10am-4pm.

Cost: Adult tickets are $13 on the weekdays and $15 on the weekends.

5. Orange County Museum of Art, Newport Beach


A small museum tucked in the streets of Newport Beach, the Orange County Museum of Art (OCMA) is a spot known mostly to locals. Current exhibitions (running through February 28, 2016) include:

  • The Pacific Project: Khvat Samnang
  • R. Luke Dubois-NOW
  • Sandow Birk-American Qur’an
  • Olga Lah: Amass and Swell

OCMA is currently open Wed-Sun 11am-5pm and 11am-8pm on Fridays.

Cost: $10 for adults, $7.50 with student discount. FREE on Fridays.

You should be feeling more cultured already! Have another favorite museum? Tell us in the comments below!


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