Museum and Galleries Tour in Pasadena (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 in Pasadena Map

Guide Name: Museum and Galleries Tour in Pasadena
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: 3.8 km
Author: HollyB
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Pacific Asia Museum

1) Pacific Asia Museum (must see)

The Pacific Asia Museum is an Asian art museum located at 46 N. Los Robles Avenue. The museum was founded in 1971 by the Pacificulture Foundation, which purchased “The Grace Nicholson Treasure House of Oriental Art” from the City of Pasadena. Grace Nicholson donated the structure to the city for art and cultural purposes in 1943 and was a dealer in Native American and, later, Asian art and antiques. It houses some 15,000 rare and representative examples of art from throughout Asia and the Pacific Islands.

The building is listed in the National Register of Historic Places and was built in 1926 and designed by the architectural firm of Marston, Van Pelt & Maybury. One of the museum's 2009 exhibits looked at the mash-up of Chinese calligraphy and American graffiti. US-China Today has an article and slide show on the exhibit and a video featuring the curator and a couple of the artists who contributed to the exhibit: Calligraffiti: Crossing the Divide.

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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Norton Simon Museum of Art

3) 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

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Pasadena Museum of History

4) 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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Kidspace Children's Museum

5) Kidspace Children's Museum (must see)

Kidspace Children's Museum is located next to the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, California. Since the December 2004 opening of its new facility in Brookside Park, Pasadena, Kidspace Children’s Museum has provided local community children with a space for creative and interactive learning. The Kidspace features world-class exhibitry and 2.2 acres of gardens designed to encourage children to discover the excitement of learning, while engaging in the creativity of play. Two three-storey climbing towers and more than 2 acres of outdoor arroyo-scape environments designed by Nancy Goslee Power.

Operation hours: Tuesday - Friday: 9:30 am - 5 pm; Saturday - Sunday: 10 am - 5 pm

Walking Tours in Pasadena, California

Create Your Own Walk in Pasadena

Create Your Own Walk in Pasadena

Creating your own self-guided walk in Pasadena is easy and fun. Choose the city attractions that you want to see and a walk route map will be created just for you. You can even set your hotel as the start point of the walk.
Nightlife Entertainment Tour in Pasadena

Nightlife Entertainment Tour in Pasadena

Night life in Pasadena is rich and diverse. If you are a sports fan, you can watch a match with your friends and have some cold beer in a pub. There are places where you can dance all night long. Or you can choose a quiet location to go for a date. Follow this colorful night trip and you will discover places where you could spend unforgettable moments.

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.5 km
Places of Worship Tour in Pasadena

Places of Worship Tour in Pasadena

Pasadena can be called the city of churches. The buildings are designed in various styles and thus give a distinctive characteristic feature to the city. Here you can find almost any type of religion, confession and sanctuary. Follow this guide and visit these sacred places and you will be delighted and excited by their beauty.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.1 km
Spectacular Architecture Tour in Pasadena

Spectacular Architecture Tour in Pasadena

Like many other cities in the United States and in the world, Pasadena has a variety of architectural styles and building designs. Well known architects and designers created a paramount work which we can enjoy today. Spend a few hours touring the amazing masterpieces this beautiful city is ready to show you.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.1 km
Children's Entertainment Tour in Pasadena

Children's Entertainment Tour in Pasadena

Pasadena has many interesting places for a sweet childhood. The city has a lot of desert specialized shops, rich kids’ cloth boutiques and last but not least, groovy parks and playgrounds. This fascinating guide will take you and your children into an exciting wonderland.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.0 km
City Orientation Walk

City Orientation Walk

Pasadena is a city rich in cultural venues, monuments, museums and churches. The downtown is a green area with many great places of national and international importance. Don't hesitate to spend a few hours touring this part of the city.

Tour Duration: 3 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 5.3 km