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Pasadena Museum of California Art (PMCA)

490 E Union St, Pasadena, CA 91101-1790
+1 626-568-3665
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Visited to see the Gustav Baumann exhibit

The exhibit was small, but informative. Enjoyed the other painting exhibit, but the sculpture... read more

Reviewed 20 May 2017
Dayton, Ohio
via mobile
An oasis of calm and cool in the heat

Small but very well curated. Shop was a little disappointing - with very high end goods mostly... read more

Reviewed 8 May 2017
Sheffield, United Kingdom
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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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490 E Union St, Pasadena, CA 91101-1790
+1 626-568-3665
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Reviewed 20 May 2017 via mobile

The exhibit was small, but informative. Enjoyed the other painting exhibit, but the sculpture exhibit was silly. The Kenny Scharf graffiti in the parking garage was an unexpected and pleasant surprise.

Thank Marblehead750
Reviewed 8 May 2017

Small but very well curated. Shop was a little disappointing - with very high end goods mostly, a little out of my price bracket. Would have liked to have seen more stuff related to the current exhibitions. The two museum staff in the galleries were...More

Thank Emerson_Powell
Reviewed 4 April 2017 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.

Thank Ray Q
Reviewed 3 April 2017

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
Reviewed 13 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...More

Thank PilotMichael
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
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.

Thank Susan90405
Reviewed 18 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
Reviewed 16 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...More

1  Thank catonsviller
Reviewed 29 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...More

Thank Christine B
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