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Pasadena Museum of California Art (PMCA)

490 E Union St, Pasadena, CA 91101-1790
+1 626-568-3665
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Enjoyable and Relatable Art

This museum is not the biggest but it does have the biggest grip on what is going on with Art in... read more

Reviewed 9 August 2017
Los Angeles
My favorite local museum

This place is great. I've been to several exhibitions there and they've all been really well-done... read more

Reviewed 9 August 2017
Altadena, United States
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The Pasadena Museum of California Art (PMCA) is dedicated to the exhibition of California art, architecture, and design from 1850 to the present. Informed by the state's rich mixture of cultures and inspired by its impressive geography, California art has long been defined by a spirit of freedom and experimentation. PMCA exhibitions and educational programs explore the ways California culture has shaped and defined art in all media.
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490 E Union St, Pasadena, CA 91101-1790
+1 626-568-3665
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Reviewed 9 August 2017

This museum is not the biggest but it does have the biggest grip on what is going on with Art in California today. Many pertinent and youthful exhibitions come through here. They are bringing in some exciting stuff! It is worth the low entry and...More

Thank deabs8
Reviewed 9 August 2017

This place is great. I've been to several exhibitions there and they've all been really well-done. The museum isn't overwhelmingly large. You can expect to spend about an hour there depending on the size of the show.

Thank 122marthah
Reviewed 28 July 2017

This small museum does not have a permanent collection but rather mounts periodic exhibitions (note that it is closed for two weeks while that process is taking place). We too enjoyed the Kleitsch (painting) and Baumann (print-making) exhibitions. Both artists studied in / worked in...More

Thank Windy_City880
Reviewed 17 July 2017 via mobile

A very reasonably priced museum for an extremely well-curated museum. I really loved the Kleitsch exhibit. If your looking for a cute afternoon activity, this is a great place to visit.

Thank Mikey B
Reviewed 10 July 2017 via mobile

This is an American art museum which is nice because often times art work we see are from Europe. It's small - two rooms but had a fun collection, particularly the standing art work and the art work made by pressing craved wood in the...More

Thank itsxjackie
Reviewed 20 May 2017 via mobile

The exhibit was small, but informative. Enjoyed the other painting exhibit, but the sculpture exhibit was silly. The Kenny Scharf graffiti in the parking garage was an unexpected and pleasant surprise.

Thank Marblehead750
Reviewed 8 May 2017

Small but very well curated. Shop was a little disappointing - with very high end goods mostly, a little out of my price bracket. Would have liked to have seen more stuff related to the current exhibitions. The two museum staff in the galleries were...More

Thank Emerson_Powell
Reviewed 3 April 2017 via mobile

Small space, by most museum standards, this venue is more like one large gallery and one smaller attached gallery, but the focus on California art and artists from California makes the exhibits worth a part of any day. Cute little gift shop too.

Thank Ray Q
Reviewed 3 April 2017

The Pasadena Museum is a wonderful, small museum, hidden away on Union St. The exhibits change with frequency and are dedicated to celebrating California artists, exploring every genre.

Thank Randall W
Reviewed 13 March 2017 via mobile

I have always found this museum to have very interesting modern Art. Truly modern, in every sense of unusual modern creative ideas. The property is interesting as well. I'm not sure how often the work rotates, however it's definitely worth your investigation to see what...More

Thank PilotMichael
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18 August 2017|
Response from Ray Q | Reviewed this property |
Free parking (limited number) in a ground floor garage next to the steps that go up to the main entrance. Lots of public parking (also free) in the neighborhood on local streets like Union Street.
11 August 2017|
Response from Windy_City880 | Reviewed this property |
$7.00 per person for adults, $5.00 for seniors.