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“Well designed art space with interesting exhibitions”

Pasadena Museum of California Art (PMCA)
Ranked #17 of 62 things to do in Pasadena
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Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
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 ways California culture has shaped and defined art in all media.
Useful Information: Stairs / elevator, Activities for young children, Wheelchair access, Activities for older children, Bathroom facilities
Tucson, AZ
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237 reviews
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“Well designed art space with interesting exhibitions”
Reviewed June 21, 2012

First time at this small but excellent museum. You ascend from the street level free parking garage up a tiled spiral staircase (or elevator, if you prefer) to a handsome lobby. For a nominal charge you have access to three good sized galleries and an interesting museum store. During our visit all galleries were hung with works by Edgar Payne, an early California Impressionist. We understand that this was the largest showing of his work in more than forty years. The museum's aim is to showcase California art and artists of the past and present and certainly in this exhibition that purpose was well realized. We look forward to returning for other exhibitions.

Visited June 2012
3 Thank rcatesby
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The Netherlands
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“another lovely regional art centre”
Reviewed May 8, 2012

nothing to dislike, thought it great and they are receptive to having children - none of the texan nasher panic (: . they have activities for kids, outdoor sculpture areas and if you are travelling with your enfant terrible its a good bet for a quite moment chilling on the grass while they muck about.

Visited January 2012
2 Thank leslie r
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los angeles, ca
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“Interesting place for Art lovers”
Reviewed March 27, 2012

This museum located in Pasadena where there are lots of great things around, restaurants & shops. PMCA is a fun weekend get away because there are many great Art displays, not an ordinary museum you could think of. Check it out then you will know.
It's kind of hidden, but very easy to find.

Visited March 2012
3 Thank kitty-hello
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Los Angeles, California
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“A Superb Museum of California Painting”
Reviewed March 18, 2012

The PMCA is one of the most interesting museums in Southern California. It specializes in beautifully curated special exhibitions of California artists from the past and the present. At present there are two exhibits: LA RAW a historical survey of abstract expressionism ( or abject expressionism ) with interesting examples of paintings from native artists who by ans large went on to better work and a riveting exhibit of the late John Bunkhall's works, both paintings and drawings. Bunkhall, who died tragically young at age 45, was a master painter and drawer who fulfilled his promise as a major painter. His work is too little known. One of the strengths of the PMCA is mounting these kind of showings of brilliant artists from California who are too little known or somewhat forgotten. The museum has its own free parking garage and very modest fees. The exhibits are well mounted in two spacious galleries. The is a shop with a good collection of books on California artists.

Visited March 2012
3 Thank rossbacher
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Lancaster, California, United States
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“hay this place is okay”
Reviewed February 1, 2012

well me and me and a friend went hare and we had sooooooooooooo much fun that we what to go again

5 Thank Andrea R
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