The Orange County Museum of Art is the county's premier modern and contemporary art museum. Located in San Clemente, California, it contains over 3,000 works of art comprising of paintings, photographs, drawings, sculptures, and other types of art. The museum's collection focuses on California art from the early 20th century but houses works by local, national and international artists. It has received world-wide recognition for its award winning education programs and exhibitions. Over 40,000 people visit the museum and 15,000 of these participate in its various education programs.
Spearheaded by the efforts of thirteen women, the museum opened in 1962 as the Balboa Pavilion Gallery. In 1968, the name was changed to Wesport Harbor Museum. A few years later in 1972 the museum to a new location where it grew in the coming years, which prompted the construction of the current museum in 1977. The museum was renovated in 1997.