Museum and Galleries Tour (Self Guided), Pasadena

Pasadena is a city rich in museums, galleries and exhibitions. Here you will find European, Asian, American and other types of arts starting in the 14th century and continuing with modern cultural concepts. Don't hesitate to spend a few hours touring the great art museums Pasadena has to offer.
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Museum and Galleries Tour Map

Guide Name: Museum and Galleries Tour
Guide Location: USA » Pasadena (See other walking tours in Pasadena)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 5
Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.6 Km or 2.2 Miles
Author: HollyB
Sight(s) Featured in This Guide:
  • Pacific Asia Museum
  • Armory Center for the Arts
  • Pasadena Museum of History
  • Norton Simon Museum of Art
  • Wrigley Mansion (Tournament of Roses Association)
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Pacific Asia Museum

1) Pacific Asia Museum

Set in an Asian-style building on the University of Southern California campus, the Pacific Asia Museum covers the Asian-Pacific region's art, culture, and history. The exhibitions bring a greater awareness of similarities and differences between Asian and non-Asian cultures, along with educational opportunities and special programs.

Some examples of exhibitions that have been popular include contemporary art in Los Angeles, Kabuki prints, and ceramics. The permanent exhibit includes over 800 Chinese, Japanese, and other Asian pieces. Materials used include jade, stone, ivory, and wood sculptures from the Neolithic Era onward.

The classes and workshops held during the year allow visitors to experience the full breadth of culture found in Asian art. Chinese Calligraphy and Brush Painting is a popular type of class for visitors to take. Even if you're spending most of your time on the grounds outside the museum, you will have plenty of opportunities to enjoy the unique architecture and get a few photos.

Operation hours: Wednesday - Sunday: 11 am - 5 pm, Thursday until 8 pm.
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Armory Center for the Arts

2) Armory Center for the Arts

The Armory Center for the Arts is a non-profit organization providing studies in art and hosting presentations and exhibitions. The main location of the Center is in Old Pasadena, near the city's downtown. This institution is the leader in providing fine art education since 1947. The classes are lead by artists who teach their own style and expose modern art works in galleries.

Operation hours: Monday -Sunday: 12 pm - 5 pm; closed on Tuesdays.
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Pasadena Museum of History

3) Pasadena Museum of History

Pasadena Museum of History is the only Museum and Research Library which retains traces of older Pasadena. The building is composed of the Curtin House, masterminded in the French style by Sylvanus Marston in 1915 and later changed by Frederick Roehrig and Consul Paloheimo. The museum was finished in 2000. Today it also includes Giddings Conference Room, the museum store, History Center Galleries and administrative offices. The mission of this museum is to bring the history of Pasadena into present day society.

Operation hours: Wednesday - Sunday: 12 pm – 5 pm
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Norton Simon Museum of Art

4) Norton Simon Museum of Art (must see)

The Norton Simon Museum collections include: European paintings, sculptures, and tapestries; Asian sculptures, paintings, and woodblock prints; and Sculpture gardens displaying many sculptors' work in a landscape setting around a large pond. The Museum contains the Norton Simon Theater which shows film programs daily, and hosts; lectures, symposia, and dance and musical performances the year-round. The museum is located along the route of the Tournament of Roses's Rose Parade, where its distinctive, brown tile-exterior can be seen in the background on television.

The Norton Simon Museum, which comprises more than 11,000 objects, contains a significant permanent collection which is highly regarded internationally. Most of the art is on long-term loan from The Norton Simon Foundation and the Norton Simon Art Foundation. No more than 800 or 900 of those pieces are on display at any one time. The Museum also mounts temporary exhibitions that focus on a particular artist, an art movement or artistic period, or art that was created in a specific region or country.

For more than three decades after it was founded in 1975, the Norton Simon Museum maintained a no-loans policy. In 2007 the board agreed to circulate select works to museums including the National Gallery in Washington, saying it wanted the museum to become better known.

Operation hours: Monday, Wednesday - Thursday: 12 pm - 5 pm; Friday - Saturday: 11 am - 8 pm; Sunday: 11 am - 5 pm
Sight description based on wikipedia
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Wrigley Mansion (Tournament of Roses Association)

5) Wrigley Mansion (Tournament of Roses Association)

The Wrigley Mansion, also known as Tournament House and Wrigley Gardens, serves as the Tournament of Roses headquarters. There are four and a half acres on this property, including gardens filled with annuals, camellias, and roses. There are over 1,500 floral varieties here.

Roses are the main highlight of the gardens, with all the most popular varieties represented. Test gardens for the All-America Rose Selection are on the grounds, and visitors have a chance to see distinct types.

In addition to the grounds being open all year, the inside of the house is open Thursday afternoons from February to August. There are memorabilia representing 125 years of Tournament of Roses history on display in the home.

Some of the Tournament-related items visitors can see include the current Rose Queen's portrait, a Waterford crystal bowl crafted for the centennial celebration, and crowns and tiaras that the previous Queens and Princesses wore.

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