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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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Small museum of local California artists present and past

Love coming here! It's very small and you can probably see everything in an hour or less. It's constantly changing though so you can come every 3/4 months or so to see something... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 24, 2015
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Pasadena, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2015

Love coming here! It's very small and you can probably see everything in an hour or less. It's constantly changing though so you can come every 3/4 months or so to see something new and at 7$ entry is very reasonably priced. No food available for purchase though.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2015

If you like modern and pop art then this a very good museum to check out. May be small but it's excellent museum. Definitely worth to check it out. They had the Corita Kent exhibit when I went.

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Glendale, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2015

I've been to a number of exhibits here. Just saw Cortia Kent's and it was excellent. I really like the size of this museum. It's not very big and rarely crowded, perfect for a Sunday afternoon. My husband and I first went out to lunch and then went over to the museum.

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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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Pasadena, California
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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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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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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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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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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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