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Pasadena Museum of California Art (PMCA)

490 E Union St, Pasadena, CA 91101-1790
+1 626-568-3665
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Gem in Pasadena

Visit PMCA before this gem closes! I was quite impressed to see such diverse exhibits that ranged... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
HilleryB21
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Boulder, Colorado
Cool little museum

Decided to visit before the museum closes in October while visiting Pasadena. Really cool exhibit... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
sazoram
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Rochester, NY
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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 ways California culture has shaped and defined art in all media.
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490 E Union St, Pasadena, CA 91101-1790
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Visit PMCA before this gem closes! I was quite impressed to see such diverse exhibits that ranged from early Calfornia to the miraculous gifts women's body in a small yet, lovely gallery. We were fortunate to enjoy lunch, a wine tasting, and stroll during our...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

Decided to visit before the museum closes in October while visiting Pasadena. Really cool exhibit about childbirth done through multi media presentation. Garage with it’s graffiti artwork was actually my fave (and provides free parking). Visit while you still can!

Thank sazoram
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Reviewed June 21, 2018

PMCA is a first class museum, whose reach exceeds its grasp. A labor of love for its Directors, Curators, and above all its Founders and Trustees. The shows by such California home artists as Corita Kent and Sam Francis both set and established the bar...More

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Reviewed January 6, 2018 via mobile

This was my first time at this museum and I'm thrilled I now know about it. I visited because I wanted to see the Hollywood in Havana poster exhibit which is part of Pacific Standard Time, a large group of Latin shows in and around...More

Thank Nancy D
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Reviewed December 20, 2017

Free parking, wonderful art, changes often so you can keep visiting and always see something new. Wonderful gift shop that has a lot of the artists' books.

Thank Dottie J
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Reviewed October 2, 2017

I've enjoyed every exhibit I've been to here, However my favourite was the Corita Exhibit. Fascinating, diverse, a wide range of pieces/shapes/colors!

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Reviewed September 22, 2017

You must love the rotating exhibits at this museum. Very creative, ultramodern, concepts in California art. This is a place to go back to again and again, as I do, to see new creative ideas in art.

Thank PilotMichael
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Reviewed August 8, 2017

This museum is not the biggest but it does have the biggest grip on what is going on with Art in California today. Many pertinent and youthful exhibitions come through here. They are bringing in some exciting stuff! It is worth the low entry and...More

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Reviewed August 8, 2017

This place is great. I've been to several exhibitions there and they've all been really well-done. The museum isn't overwhelmingly large. You can expect to spend about an hour there depending on the size of the show.

Thank 122marthah
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Reviewed July 27, 2017

This small museum does not have a permanent collection but rather mounts periodic exhibitions (note that it is closed for two weeks while that process is taking place). We too enjoyed the Kleitsch (painting) and Baumann (print-making) exhibitions. Both artists studied in / worked in...More

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juliagrant412
August 18, 2017|
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Response from Ray Q | Reviewed this property |
Free parking (limited number) in a ground floor garage next to the steps that go up to the main entrance. Lots of public parking (also free) in the neighborhood on local streets like Union Street.
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stateofmind1964
August 11, 2017|
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$7.00 per person for adults, $5.00 for seniors.
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