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The Orange County Museum Of Art Is Now Open And Free

A wide outdoor staircase is in the foreground with the curved, silver-colored sloping roof of a building in the background.
The upper plaza of the Orange County Museum of Art will host large sculptures and live events such as poetry readings and concerts.
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A brand new Orange County Museum of Art opens to the public today and to mark the occasion, a 24-hour celebration kicks off at 5 p.m.

What to expect: Non-stop music, food, films, yoga, dancing and more. See the full opening program here.

The backstory: The museum was originally founded in 1962 and was most recently known as the Newport Harbor Art Museum. It reopens in a new $93 million structure that features more than 4,500 objects produced during the 20th and 21st centuries.

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How to visit: The museum is located on the same campus as the Segerstrom Center for the Arts in Costa Mesa. Admission is free — not only for the opening, but for the next 10 years, that's thanks to a $2.5 million grant.

You can also join AirTalk at an upcoming event at the museum Oct. 26 at 6 p.m. Ticket details for the event are available here.

Go deeper: Jill Replogle, who covers OC for LAist, got a preview: Orange County Has A New Art Museum, And It's Free

Updated October 13, 2022 at 10:20 AM PDT
This story has been updated with information on an upcoming AirTalk event at the museum.