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Pasadena Museum of California Art (PMCA)

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Address: 490 E Union St, Pasadena, CA 91101-1790
Phone Number: +1 626-568-3665
12:00 - 17:00
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   The Pasadena Museum of California Art (PMCA) is dedicated to...

   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 cultural dynamics and influences unique to California that have shaped and defined art in all media.

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A small museum of high quality

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... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 16 September 2016
Catonsville, MD
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Catonsville, MD
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4 of 5 bubbles 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 of excellent works in a variety of media. It was very well presented, along with... More 

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Los Angeles, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 August 2016

Back on Saturday, August 27, 2015, I went to visit this wonderful art museum with Anthony, BJ and Diego! We all had such a very nice time visiting there. When we were there, we saw three different art exhibits featuring: Claire Falkenstein: Beyond Sculpture Brett Weston: Significant Details Kat Hutter and Roger Lee: Another California Day All of the artists'... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles 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 artists I Like the current shows .. Interesting and inspiring You ban see the museum... More 

Thank Christine B
Pasadena, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 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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4 of 5 bubbles 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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Los Angeles, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 April 2016

This is a small museum with one to two floors. Their garage has art painted on all the walls, and this place is only one block around the corner from the Asian & Pacific Art Museum

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San Francisco
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 March 2016

Great use of space and a wonderful look into the history of California Art, I really enjoyed learning about the artists who lived here and contributed to California culture. Its a very well curated and interesting to people of all ages. Its very conveniently located to cafes and the Pacfic Asia Museum is just around the corner.

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Temecula, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 March 2016

A small place but very cool. Can do it in a couple of hours. Great rotating exhibits....this time on California tile. Pure California art...fun. Nice folks to answer questions. Nice shop

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Palm Springs, California
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 January 2016

I like the idea of this museum, but I'll bet it depends totally on what the current exhibition is. There were two people in our party -- one liked the exhibition very much; me, not so much -- but that's just a matter of personal taste/preference. Not disappointing, but I think I expected more....

Los Angeles, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 December 2015

Love this place! It's a small museum devoted to California art. But while it's regional in nature with respect to its exhibits, the place covers everything from California Impressionistic paintings, contemporary sculptures, historical tile and pottery, contemporary art, wood block prints, and pretty much anything else artistic you can think of. There is no "permanent" exhibition, and so it survives... More 

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