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Museums in Pasadena, California

Museums in Pasadena, California

Pasadena is a city in Los Angeles County, California, known for hosting the annual Rose Bowl football game and Tournament of Roses Parade.

Pasadena is also home to many scientific and cultural institutions, including Caltech, Pasadena City College, ArtCenter College of Design, the Pasadena Playhouse, the Norton Simon Museum, the USC Pacific Asia Museum, and the Jet Propulsion Laboratory.

Pasadena is home to several art museums, including the Norton Simon Museum. Preserving the history and culture of Pasadena and its adjacent communities is the Pasadena Museum of History.

It is located on a campus with a history center, the Finnish Folk Art Museum, the Curtin House, and the Fenyes Mansion, a 1906 Beaux Arts-style architectural residence and a Pasadena Cultural Heritage Landmark.

The Pacific Asia Museum features art from the many countries and cultures of Asia. The Pasadena Museum of California Art hosts changing exhibitions of work by California artists.

The Armory Center for the Arts has an extensive exhibition program as well as serving as a center for art education.

Art Center College of Design offers exhibitions at its Williamson Gallery. Pasadena City College has an art gallery that shows work of professionals, as well as exhibiting work by students and faculty.

The Huntington Library and Botanical Gardens are adjacent to Pasadena in the city of San Marino. The Kidspace Children’s Museum is located in Brookside Park.

Museums in Pasadena, California

  • Norton Simon Museum
  • Pasadena Museum of History
  • Southern California Children’s Museum
  • The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens
  • Fenyes Mansion
  • Armory Center for the Arts
  • Los Angeles Police Museum
  • San Gabriel Mission
  • Wrigley Mansion
  • Finnish Folk Art Museum
  • Descanso Gardens
  • Huntington Desert Garden
  • Queen Anne Cottage
  • Ramona Museum of California History
  • Kidspace Children’s Museum
  • The Bunny Museum
  • The Gamble House

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Norton Simon Museum

The Norton Simon Museum is an art museum previously known as the Pasadena Art Institute and the Pasadena Art Museum.

The museum’s collections include European paintings, sculptures, and tapestries; Asian sculptures, paintings, and woodblock prints; and sculpture gardens.

The Norton Simon Museum, which comprises over11,000 objects with no more than 800 or 900 of those pieces are on display at any one time.

The museum also mounts temporary exhibitions that focus on a particular artist, an art movement, or an artistic period.

In 2007, the museum’s board agreed to circulate select works to museums, including the National Gallery in Washington.

Museums in Pasadena, California

  • City:                           Pasadena, California
  • Country:                    United States
  • State:                         California
  • Incorporated:            1886
  • Demonym:                Californian
  • Population:               141 Thousand

Museums in Pasadena, California

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