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Pasadena Museum of California Art (PMCA)

490 E. Union St., Pasadena, CA 91101
626-568-3665
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Ranked #14 of 31 Attractions in Pasadena
Type: Museums, Art Museums
Owner description: The Pasadena Museum of California Art (PMCA) is dedicated to the exhibition of California art, architecture, and design from 1850 to the present.... more » Owner description: 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. « less
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7 reviews 7 reviews
6 attraction reviews
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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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67 reviews 67 reviews
27 attraction reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
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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3 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
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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Los Angeles
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 12, 2014

Albeit hiding in plain sight. We had meant to go to the Asia Pacific Museum, but in fact we decided to try this place where I hadnt been in about 9 years. The parking has the Kenny Scharf murals. The exhibition was on the artist Alfred Ramos Martinez, kind of a contemporary of Diego Rivera. I dont know if all... More

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Pasadena, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 30, 2014

A museum worth visiting in Pasadena. Near the Pacific Asia Musem and small enough to do both in the same day.

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Pasadena, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2013

Highly recommend seeing the very complete Sam Francis painting exhibition. Excellent insight into his career and how he began painting while in a body cast for over 3 years! A 5 decade look at one of the most important California artists.

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Pasadena, California
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2013

10.11.13 Pasadena Art Night, most of the local museum have open house from 6-10pm. We headed for Pasadena Museum of California Art first to check out Sam Francis's works. It was a very extensive collection spanning 5 decades. The detailed biography greatly illustrate the tenacity and passion of this iconic artist. It helps viewers appreciate his artistic development more. I... More

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Los Angeles, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2013

The Museum goes from strength to strength. Now on exhibit is the first major exhibit of Sam Francis' work in many years. The array of paintings is comprehensive and uplifting. Francis is one of the major artists of his time and this exhibit displays a very comprehensive survey of his works together with excellent historical and explanatory texts. on his... More

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Pasadena, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2013

I don't go here as much as I would like, but am always impressed when I do. I believe It started with the private collection of a couple who live(d) in the penthouse of the narrow 3 story building. It specializes in California art, mostly contemporary, and frequently has special exhibits and shows. Just a fun place to experience.

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