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Pasadena Museum of California Art (PMCA)

Address: 490 E. Union St., Pasadena, CA 91101
Phone Number: 626-568-3665
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Ranked #20 of 55 things to do in Pasadena
Type: Art museums, Museums
Owner description: The Pasadena Museum of California Art (PMCA) is dedicated to the exhibition of California art...
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Type: Art museums, Museums
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Wed - Sun 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm
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.

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Los Angeles
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88 reviews 88 reviews
26 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 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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59 reviews 59 reviews
29 attraction reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
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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35 reviews 35 reviews
14 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
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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1,673 reviews 1,673 reviews
1,070 attraction reviews
616 helpful votes 616 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2014

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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12 reviews 12 reviews
9 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
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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92 reviews 92 reviews
37 attraction reviews
44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
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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70 reviews 70 reviews
30 attraction reviews
34 helpful votes 34 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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CA
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6 reviews 6 reviews
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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115 reviews 115 reviews
31 attraction reviews
53 helpful votes 53 helpful votes
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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22 reviews 22 reviews
14 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
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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