Los Angeles Museums: Pasadena area
In or Near Pasadena
An oasis of art and culture set amidst 150 acres of breathtaking gardens. Three art galleries and a library showcase magnificent collections of rare books and manuscripts, 18th- and 19th-century British and French art, American art from the 18th to the early 20th century, and a small but noteworthy collection of Renaissance paintings. [San Marino, near Pasadena]
European paintings and sculpture range from the 14th to the 20th century. The Museum exhibits Renaissance, Baroque and Rococo masterpieces. Closed on Tuesdays and Wednesdays.
Pacific Asia Museum
Pasadena - Contains more than 14,000 rare and representative examples of art and artifacts from Asia and Pacific Islands, spanning a period of 5000 years.
Pasadena Museum of History
[October 2021 update - Temporarily closed; Reopens during Fall 2021]
The Museum's collections, exhibits and programs provide educational resources for the public to increase understanding and appreciation of history, culture and science in Pasadena and neighboring communities.
The Gamble House
An example of American Arts and Crafts style architecture. The house and furnishings were designed by Charles and Henry Greene in 1908. The house, a National Historic Landmark, is owned and operated by the University of Southern California and is open for public tours.
A unique children's museum that features exhibits, programs and activities over more than four acres of indoor and outdoor space. Kidspace encourages a child's growth and development through explorations of the environment, investigations in science, and artistic forms of expression that captivate the inquisitive and growing minds of children ages 1 to 10.
Heritage Square Museum
Located along the historic Arroyo-Seco, this open-air museum welcomes visitors to explore Southern California's development from agricultural Eden to urban metropolis. Costumed guides present the story of life in Los Angeles during the years 1850 to 1950. Tours include discussions on the history of Los Angeles based around the Museum's collection of eight Victorian buildings including the fully restored and furnished Queen Ann home the Hale House, as well as a church, a railway depot, and an octagon house. [about 6 miles south from Pasadena]
Over 12,000 bunny collectibles of every size, shape, and matter; featuring five Rose Parade float bunnies. [about 5 miles north from Pasadena]
In Pomona, east of Pasadena
American Museum of Ceramic Art
The American Museum of Ceramic Art (AMOCA) presents ceramic art exhibitions, collections, public and educational programming, and studio practice. Open Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.
Latino Art Museum
A non-profit organization created to promote the works of talented Latin American contemporary artists living in the United States and instill a sense of appreciation for Latino art in the minds and hearts of children and adults. [Pomona, east of Pasadena]
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