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“A quirky little museum”

Pasadena Museum of California Art (PMCA)
Ranked #14 of 69 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: Bathroom facilities, Activities for older children, Activities for young children, Stairs / lift, Wheelchair access
Reviewed 8 August 2013

I don't go here as much as I would like, but am always impressed when I do. I believe It started with the private collection of a couple who live(d) in the penthouse of the narrow 3 story building. It specializes in California art, mostly contemporary, and frequently has special exhibits and shows. Just a fun place to experience.

2  Thank suz91101
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Reviewed 1 August 2013

This small museum always has the best art shows. No museum collection on display, they always have an installation worth seeing.

2  Thank smith2jones
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Reviewed 1 August 2013

PMCA is a great addition to the museums of the area, small, accessible, and with focused periodic exhibits, well lit, easy to stroll and enjoy. And check out the rooftop view!

2  Thank drfertig
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Reviewed 29 July 2013

A beautiful small museum of California art. Small enough that you can see everything in less than an hour. Usually 3 exhibits at any time.

2  Thank toni88Pasadena_Ca
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Reviewed 4 May 2013

This museum is small but in April, 2013 had a wonderful exhibit of "local artists" who worked in the Los Angeles area in the 20th century, mostly the 20s through 50s. These paintings and prints really convey the area as it was as it was growing into what it is today. If you appreciate local art of this type or want to look through a window to a former time, don't miss this.

3  Thank sefandjgf
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