Community Artwork, and all that that entails in downtown Pasadena.
Again, here’s another Museum slightly off the beaten path. It’s mostly for local Pasadeans, but maybe you should give it a look too.
For the most part, the Armory Center for the Arts is Community Arts Center. You can go take classes there. You can see a show there, but you might find what’s there a little outside your comfort zone. (What do I know? Everything’s outside my comfort zone).
But there is a Gallery Space there, a decent sized one where you can bring a date and just relax for an hour or two. It may not be the top of the cut Artwork out there, but its worth a visit, especially given the price. Are you going to see Degas? Manet? Monet? Probably not, but it’s always worth giving the new guy or gal a chance and seeing what they’ve got. It may not be the best stuff, but I can guarantee it’ll be about the newest.
IMPORTANT SAFETY TIP, PEOPLE: Okay, this Museum may not always be kid friendly/kid safe. What do I mean? The night I visited (the aforementioned Artnight Pasadena) the main Gallery Space came with a warning of NSFW. I have actually never seen a warning come like that in a Art Museum…where I just assumed those warnings were implied. Here it’s upfront.
Now, I will say the stuff I saw on Artnight wasn’t all that radical or NSFW, but since this is a Community Arts Center, I guess a little extra caution is warranted for the kiddies.
PARKING: Good stinkin’ question. First off, consult our Pasadena Parking Map to get the lay of the land. But…even that might not help all too much. Most of the structures are a bit of hike from the Parking Garages I’m used to using. We’re not talking impossibly distant or anything, but if you’re in a hurry…and since when are Americans aren’t in a hurry?
You can occasionally find metered street parking along North Raymond, directly across from the Armory and right along Pasadena Memorial Park. Occasionally. It’s a total coin flip at best whether you can land a space. It’s not my first choice, even though it’s closest to the Armory.
The Courtyard by Marriott’s has a garage…or at least an entrance to their garage, but I have no idea what the cost is anymore. When there was a Heritage Wine Company there, you used to be able to park there for a few bucks. Not sure what the damage is nowadays.
For me, I’d probably park at the Schoolhouse and walk, since any visit to the Armory is going to be a part and parcel of a larger visit to Pasadena.
Armory Center for the Arts
145 N Raymond Ave
Pasadena, CA 91103
Tel: (626) 792-5101
Tuesday-Friday 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Saturday-Sunday 12:00 pm – 5:00 pm