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Pasadena Museum of California Art (PMCA)

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Address: 490 E Union St, Pasadena, CA 91101-1790
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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Good museum .. Current art

I really like this small but thoughtful museum PMCA is Located in s large building with gives the impression the museum is large but it's really like a very large Art... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 4 weeks ago
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

I really like this small but thoughtful museum PMCA is Located in s large building with gives the impression the museum is large but it's really like a very large Art gallery Usually there is three to four exhibitions of either different themes or Different artists I Like the current shows .. Interesting and inspiring You ban see the museum... More 

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Thank Christine B
Pasadena, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago

This is a cool space with usually at least one to two interesting exhibits up. I have seen some great retrospectives of highly deserving artists such as the current Claire Falkenstein one. Nice gift shop as well.If you have a chance go to the upper terrace and have a terrific view toward City Hall. I love coming here for special... More 

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Thank 100lat
Claremont, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2016

If you love art, this is right next to the USC Pacific Asia musuem, they practically share parking lots.

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Thank alison s s
Los Angeles, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2016

This is a small museum with one to two floors. Their garage has art painted on all the walls, and this place is only one block around the corner from the Asian & Pacific Art Museum

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Thank Richard S
San Francisco
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2016

Great use of space and a wonderful look into the history of California Art, I really enjoyed learning about the artists who lived here and contributed to California culture. Its a very well curated and interesting to people of all ages. Its very conveniently located to cafes and the Pacfic Asia Museum is just around the corner.

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Thank BeenThere2c
Temecula, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2016

A small place but very cool. Can do it in a couple of hours. Great rotating exhibits....this time on California tile. Pure California art...fun. Nice folks to answer questions. Nice shop

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Thank Artsalyer
Palm Springs, California
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2016

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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Thank SPINDOCDENVER
Los Angeles, California
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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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 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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Thank Joseph H
Palm Desert,CA
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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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