Comfort Inn & Suites John Wayne Airport
2620 Hotel Terrace Dr.
Santa Ana, CA 92705
Phone: (714) 966-5200
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Arts & Museums
Marconi Automotive Museum, a part of the Marconi Foundation for Kids, houses a vast array of cars that will delight not only children but also automobile connoisseurs. Visitors can view Foxfire Firetrucks, unusual Ferraris and Jaguars. Do not miss Frank Williams' FX Ferrari and the Top Fuel Dragster designed by Kenny Bernstein. This venue can be hired for weddings, business functions and fundraisers.
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 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.
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.
Founded in 1956, this is the largest operating railway museum in the West, with over 200 locomotives, passenger and freight cars, streetcars and interurban electric cars dating from the 1870s. Each weekend, visitors can ride a different historic train or trolley. Be sure to make a reservation at least two weeks ahead though. Besides holidays, special events are scheduled throughout the year.
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.
This museum was founded in 1992 and has been committed to the art of the California impressionist period ever since. Along with preserving some of the best art from the era, the museum is also dedicated to educating the public about the state of the environment in California. The museum has taken particular interest in collecting or exhibiting art that portrays the landscape of Southern California. Featured artists include Franz Bischoff, Joseph Kleitsch, Edgar Payne, Guy Rose and William Wendt. The museum offers docent-guided tours, rental of the museum for special meetings and educational programs for schoolchildren. Admission is free.
No one can deny the massive influence that World War II had on the history of the United States. As the war waged on, it spurned a remarkable growth in the aviation and automotive industries, leading to advances and discoveries that forever changed how the world viewed these man-made wonders. The Lyon Air Museum at Santa Ana seeks to pay homage to these mechanical beasts and the indisputable role they played during the 20th Century. The museum is home to a fantastic collection of exceedingly rare operational aircrafts, vehicles and related items from this era, including military motorcycles and vehicles, automobiles and airplanes. Docent-led tours of the museum and exhibits are available throughout working hours, however groups of 10 or more are required to provide prior notice so that tours may be customized to suit the group's interest. The venue is also available on hire for private events, providing a unique and unforgettable location that is perfect for any occasion.
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.
This natural and cultural history center is dedicated to preserving, promoting, and restoring the heritage of Orange County and the surrounding region and it provides quality hands-on educational programs for students and visitors of all ages.