Is It Any Good?

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