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Pasadena Museum of California Art (PMCA)

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Address: 490 E. Union St., Pasadena, CA 91101
Phone Number: 626-568-3665
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Description: The Pasadena Museum of California Art (PMCA) is dedicated to the...
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 cultural dynamics and influences unique to California that have shaped and defined art in all media.
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Striking exhibitions of unusual art

Like others we intended to couple our visit to this museum with one to the Pacific Asian Museum nearby but found that it was sufficiently diverting to warrant several hours by... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 16, 2015
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NJ
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165 reviews 165 reviews
68 attraction reviews
121 helpful votes 121 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2015

Like others we intended to couple our visit to this museum with one to the Pacific Asian Museum nearby but found that it was sufficiently diverting to warrant several hours by itself. I'd rate this second in the Pasadena area only to the Norton Simon Museum. The PMCA occupies the second and third floors of a building that also houses... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

Check to see what is showing. It is usually current California artists, but not exclusively. Small. Small. An hour visit. Go to the Pacific Asia Museum nearby to make an afternoon of it.

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Los Angeles
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28 attraction reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 30, 2015

It's worth an hour and the price of admission if you need something to do while in Pasadena. But, you might put the Norton Simon Museum higher on your list of Pasadena 'must-sees'.

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Pasadena, California
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33 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 14, 2015

This museum is on the semi-annual citywide tour "Art Night" when many of the museums are open free of charge. They have changing exhibits that are always unusual but interesting. Sometimes they have their roof-top space open with a nice view of the Pacific Asian Museum and the iconic Pasadena City Hall.

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14 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2014

We had a free afternoon.. It was so nice to spend it here. There were many nice pieces of art and if you do take the time, be sure to have plenty of time and do not rush. Take in the beauty of the art, it was breathtaking.

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California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2014 via mobile

This museum makes me proud to be a Californian, home of such creativity. There are lots of states that could not host such a museum!

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Pasadena, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2014

I try my best to make it here for the free 3rd Thursday each month. On those days they are open in the evening which makes it easier for a local to get there after work. No matter which exhibit is up or artist's work is on display, there will be a point of inspiration and wonder that will capture... More 

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Los Angeles, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2014

We came here on one of the "free" Thursdays to see these two exhibits: June Wayne: Paintings, Prints, and Tapestries May 4–August 31, 2014 Time, Space & Matter: Five Installations Exploring Natural Phenomena May 4–August 31, 2014 We were so impressed with the exhibits but also with this particular Museum. Sorry that we haven't been there before and will most... More 

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Canoga Park CA
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2014

I have been a member of the museum for many years. They have had some very good shows, such as California Scene Painting and the Art of Sustainability in 2013. The shows vary in type and quality, but it is usually worth a visit, especially if you are in Pasadena. They had one about the planet Jupiter done by a... More 

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2014

Helped flush visit to Pasenda to see cultural attractions down the toilet. There is a consipracy to close everything culture that day, not generally known. Never going back to that location.

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