The Orange County Museum of Art is the premier visual arts organization open to the public in Orange County, California. The museum serves a population of nearly three million residents in one of the fastest-growing metropolitan areas in the country. Some 15,000 children and adults participate in award winning education programs. The museum's collection comprises nearly 2,500 objects, with a concentration on the art of California from the early 20th century to present. Originally incorporated in 1918 as the Laguna Beach Art Association, the museum grew, expanded its facilities in Laguna Beach, Newport Beach and Costa Mesa into nationally recognized programs, and in 1996 took the name Orange County Museum of Art.
Large collections and displays available at the museum change often depending on the season and time of year. Some of the past and current collections on display include portraits from Ansel Adams to Andy Warhol and Charles Long's 100 Pounds of Clay. The Orange County Museum of Art Store features an innovative mix of gifts by both international designers and local, independent craftspeople. Contemporary art books, homemade objects, handcrafted jewelry, stationary and cards, children's toys, and even cameras in case guests leave theirs at home are all available in the art store.