Is It Any Good?

A Museum dedicated to local California Artists in Pasadena.

The Pasadena Museum of California Art is one of those places you’d miss if you weren’t paying particular attention to your guide book. It’s mostly for locals, and by locals I mean Californians.

Los Angeles does have a vibrant art scene. And they’re out there fighting the good fight across a lot of venues: LACMA, Brewery Art Walk, Downtown Art Walk, what have you. It’s only natural then to have a Museum dedicated to California Artists.

The Museum is two levels, but the first level is mostly the Garage, where you can park. You have to talk the elevator on up to the second floor to get a hold of their massive, massive gallery space. They don’t have a lot as far as a permanent collection, but whatever they show on rotation will be pretty substantial. You’ll spend and hour or two here, wandering, exploring.


IMPORTANT SAFETY TIP, PEOPLE: I went the week of ArtNight Pasadena, and well…they was certainly a very Guarded presence at the Museum that night.

I mean they had a LOT of Guards in and out of every nook and cranny of the Gallery Space. It was a little unwelcoming, but I’m pretty sure that was for Artnight and not a normal concern.



PARKING: Limited. They have their own Garage, on top of which sits the museum itself. All good. It’s also supposed to be free.  Again, way good.  There aren’t a huge amount of spaces, but I have a feeling you can get lucky on any random day. You may want to consider splitting a visit here with a visit to the nearby Pacific Asia Museum, right around the corner. Don’t know how they’d feel about you sharing space, but you can’t beat it for practicality. They’re both modestly sized venues, so pairing them up on a day out makes sense.


Pasadena Museum of California Art
490 E Union St
Pasadena, CA 91101

Tel: (626) 568-3665

Wed-Sun 12 pm – 5 pm