When most people hear “Pasadena,” the Rose Bowl is the first thing that comes to mind. However, there are many other wonderful aspects to Pasadena, namely the city’s rich history, historic architecture, and arts culture. Here are four places that art aficionados should be sure to visit in Pasadena.
The Huntington Library
The former home of Henry E. and Arabella Huntington, the Huntington Library is known for its lush botanical gardens, extensive research library, and impressive art collections. In addition to hosting a variety of temporary and touring exhibitions (check their website to see what will be on view when you’re in town), the Huntington Library has a permanent collection comprised of European paintings and sculptures from the seventeenth through twentieth centuries. Additionally, the Virginia Steele Scott Galleries of American Art feature paintings and sculptures from great American artists such as Edward Hopper, Mary Cassatt, and John Singer Sargent.
Pasadena Museum of California Art
The PMCA displays art by California artists and designers (from 1850 to the present era) working in a variety of media (paintings, sculptures, textiles, photographs, furniture, etc.). In addition to hosting a variety of exhibitions throughout the year, the PMCA offers a variety of lectures and educational programs to visitors. Be sure to step out onto the terrace to enjoy breathtaking views of the 1927 City Hall Dome and the San Gabriel Mountains. Visit the PMCA website to see what exhibitions will be on view while you’re in town.
Armory Center for the Arts
One of the leading arts education institutions in California, Armory Center for the Arts is located in the former National Guard Armory building. This 20,000-square-foot building is comprised of art studios, workshop space and galleries. The Armory hosts a variety of contemporary exhibitions and performances (artist lectures, dance, performance art, theater, etc.) that draw talent from all over the country. The Armory is a unique space in that it encourages creative collaboration between artists, teachers, students, and visitors. Check out their website to find out what educational opportunities and exhibitions will be available during your visit.
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