Bowers Museum / Kidseum Expansion & Renovation

The Bowers has been voted "The Best Museum in Orange County" by the readers of The Orange County Register for 16 consecutive years.

This $12 million project involved a mix of renovation and new construction, with key decisions required to maximize the value of funds expended. This resulted in a program which is a premier museum venue both locally and state-wide.  In 1992, the Bowers Museum reopened as a new cultural center with an expanded children’s programming in 1994 with the opening of the Kidseum. The project included 60,000 square feet of building with display areas, courtyards, and dynamic spaces for an enhanced museum experience.

This was a cooperative effort including the City of Santa Ana, and the non-profit Arts Board. The project was delivered on schedule and on budget, and demonstrates Griffin’s understanding of what is needed to deliver best-in-class museum facilities. The Bowers is accredited by the American Alliance of Museums, an honor only 5% of museums receive. Its mission is to enrich lives through the world’s finest arts and cultures.

Griffin provided construction management and program management services.


Bowers Museum / Kidseum Expansion & Renovation