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Pasadena Museum of History

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Address: 470 W Walnut St, Pasadena, CA 91103-3562
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+1 626-577-1660
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Wed - Sun 12:00 - 17:00

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The Batchelder tiles exhibit (through Feb. 12) is fascinating

For anyone interested in artisanal achievements, especially the Arts and Crafts movement of the early 20th century, this is a must. (Even if you're not, it's fascinating!) Ernest... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 weeks ago
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

For anyone interested in artisanal achievements, especially the Arts and Crafts movement of the early 20th century, this is a must. (Even if you're not, it's fascinating!) Ernest Batchelder built a kiln in his back yard, and from there a business grew and its beautiful products went to homes across the U.S. (The Fenyes mansion next door is a companion... More 

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Illinois
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 November 2016

I wish the staff would be up front and honest about what this museum is about. We expected to learn some historical events or factoids of Pasadena. Instead, we got 2 rooms - one with ceramics from different artists (most looked like a collection of Tchotchkes and nick-knacks). The second room show-cased a local company that made clay tiles. Visiting... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 October 2016

The gift shop alone is worth a visit to this museum. They sell beautiful works by local artists and many books about the area. The exhibit I saw on Batchelder Tile was excellent. There were a good variety of samples, including a large part of a former chocolate shop in downtown LA. The video was interesting, and there was even... More 

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Pasadena, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 September 2016

Love this place! A little off the beaten path, this small gem of a museum offers perfectly curated glimpses into Pasadena's history and culture. We've seen a range of exhibits in just the past year or so: how the civil war affected Pasadena, local fashion throughout the decades and a really delightful collection of carousel animals. The grounds also feature... More 

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Fullerton, CA
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 August 2016

Our tour of the historic Fenyes mansion was led by a talented docent who dressed in period costume and provided a lively, well-organized, and thoughtful learning experience. She shared personal insights about family members from the late 19th into the 20th century linked into societal facts from the past. What a great introduction to Pasadena history. A special treat was... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 July 2016

This was a unique evening of following actors as they moved from scene on the grounds of the Museum of HIstory. Each of the three plays were the same length and the group was divided into three, each seeing one of plays and then we all convened at a central meeting point and joined the next group of actors. It... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 June 2016

The museum gallery was changing exhibits when we visited so we only toured the Fenyes Mansion, which was beautiful. Our docent was well informed and kept the tour interesting. I can't say what the museum is like, since it was closed, but the upcoming exhibit sounds wonderful. It's all about carousel horses and animals. Since we couldn't visit the gallery... More 

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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 June 2016 via mobile

The museum is small - 2 galleries, a nice gift shop, and the staff was pleasant. We paid our $7 admission each at the gift shop and entered to learn about Pasadena, perhaps the Tournament of Roses, millionaire row?, JPL?, local artists?, architects Greene and Greene? Nope. "Welcome to our new exhibit on carousel animals! We're so excited that you... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 May 2016

This is a review of the Fenyes Mansion, but there are actually many buildings to see on this property (Mansion, Museum, little Finnish house and Curtain House). We attended a tour the Fenyes Mansion because we were at a private event at the little Finnish house in the back. The Pasadena Museum was closed, but we shopped at the museum... More 

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Saint Louis, Missouri
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 January 2016

This is the small museum on the Fenyes Mansion property. They hadd a interesting exhibit on fasion that was fun to see. There are two rooms perhaps 30' square each that were filled with nice displays and good information. We went for the house tour. The grounds are very nice - not opulant but worth seeing if you are in... More 

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