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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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   The Pasadena Museum of California Art (PMCA) is dedicated to...

   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 But Special

Love this place! It's a small museum devoted to California art. But while it's regional in nature with respect to its exhibits, the place covers everything from California... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed December 19, 2015
TheBrasilian
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Los Angeles, California
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Palm Springs, California
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30 reviews
10 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I like the idea of this museum, but I'll bet it depends totally on what the current exhibition is. There were two people in our party -- one liked the exhibition very much; me, not so much -- but that's just a matter of personal taste/preference. Not disappointing, but I think I expected more....

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Los Angeles, California
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105 reviews
39 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 79 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 19, 2015

Love this place! It's a small museum devoted to California art. But while it's regional in nature with respect to its exhibits, the place covers everything from California Impressionistic paintings, contemporary sculptures, historical tile and pottery, contemporary art, wood block prints, and pretty much anything else artistic you can think of. There is no "permanent" exhibition, and so it survives... More 

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Thank TheBrasilian
Pasadena, California
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23 reviews
12 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2015

The Pasadena Museum of California Art does exactly what its name implies -- shows changing exhibitions of art by California artists or depicting the California landscape, both from the past and by contemporary artists. The gallery space is excellent and parking is convenient. It's just around the corner from the Pacific Asia Museum, so visits to the two museums can... More 

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Palm Desert,CA
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167 reviews
53 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 120 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2015

I love this place. In years gone by we used to go to jazz on the rooftop which overlooked the Pasadena City Hall, washed in lights. The museum is one which people may overlook and I suggest a visit.

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1 Thank Offthebeatenpath011
Pasadena, California
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39 reviews
15 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2015

They has a free event for children in summer. I went to visit their summer programs for children. They have one of the best art classes every year and have great collections as well. Love their parking lot which is all painted by students with arts. Must check it out.

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Thank Seema P
Arcadia, California
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22 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2015

Large spacious multi-level gallery. A good variety of installations and exhibited Art pieces. Good location adjacent to Pacific Asian Museum and Colorado Blvd. Restaurants are within walking distance making it a nice outing for the day. Great to take advantage on Pasadena Art Night.

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Mercer Island, WA
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18 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2015

When we visited, there was a retrospective of the works of Sister Corita who became Corita Kent. It was well organized and the curatorial explanations provided a good context for the development of her work which reflected the changes not only in her life, but in the generation strongly influenced by her art. We are from out of town and... More 

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Pasadena, California
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25 reviews
10 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
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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Thank Varesha108
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35 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2015 via mobile

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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32 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
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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