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Pasadena Museum of California Art (PMCA)

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Address: 490 E Union St, Pasadena, CA 91101-1790
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+1 626-568-3665
12:00 - 17:00
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Wed - Sun 12:00 - 17:00
Recommended length of visit: <1 hour

The Pasadena Museum of California Art (PMCA) is dedicated to the exhibition...

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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Beautiful small museum/large gallery

Small space, by most museum standards, this venue is more like one large gallery and one smaller attached gallery, but the focus on California art and artists from California... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Ray Q
Pasadena, California
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Pasadena, California
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Small space, by most museum standards, this venue is more like one large gallery and one smaller attached gallery, but the focus on California art and artists from California makes the exhibits worth a part of any day. Cute little gift shop too.

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 56 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The Pasadena Museum is a wonderful, small museum, hidden away on Union St. The exhibits change with frequency and are dedicated to celebrating California artists, exploring every genre.

Thank Randall W
Pasadena, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 98 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 March 2017 via mobile

I have always found this museum to have very interesting modern Art. Truly modern, in every sense of unusual modern creative ideas. The property is interesting as well. I'm not sure how often the work rotates, however it's definitely worth your investigation to see what this museum has to offer.

Thank PilotMichael
Pasadena, California
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32 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 March 2017

Revolving installations keep it interesting. We saw a show on CA tile works and it was great! Lots of info and many items were made for Hearst Castle.

Thank transplanted2016
Santa Monica, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 February 2017

Small museum with an interesting and beautiful display of California landscapes and people. Varied assortment of paintings of mostly ocean and beaches but also mountains and deserts and everything that makes California beautiful.

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Reviewed 17 January 2017

Pasadena has a reputation for having been a place of the arts in the past. While this is true, Pasadena is STILL a culture emeshed in the arts, and this museum demonstrates that present living artistic culture.

Thank Scott L
Catonsville, MD
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Reviewed 15 September 2016

My wife and I spent a couple of very enjoyable hours at the PMCA when we visited last month. They had a very interesting retrospective of work by Claire Falkenstein, an artist whose work we were not familiar with. The museum had a wide selection of excellent works in a variety of media. It was very well presented, along with... More 

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Reviewed 28 July 2016 via mobile

I really like this small but thoughtful museum PMCA is Located in s large building with gives the impression the museum is large but it's really like a very large Art gallery Usually there is three to four exhibitions of either different themes or Different artists I Like the current shows .. Interesting and inspiring You ban see the museum... More 

Thank Christine B
Pasadena, California
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Reviewed 24 July 2016

This is a cool space with usually at least one to two interesting exhibits up. I have seen some great retrospectives of highly deserving artists such as the current Claire Falkenstein one. Nice gift shop as well.If you have a chance go to the upper terrace and have a terrific view toward City Hall. I love coming here for special... More 

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Claremont, California
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Reviewed 10 June 2016

If you love art, this is right next to the USC Pacific Asia musuem, they practically share parking lots.

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