Art Center College of Design
Known worldwide as a leader in art and design curriculum, the Art Center presents works by established and emerging artists in three exhibits annually. While on campus, also explore the student gallery and indoor and outdoor sculptures.
1700 Lida St. - 626-396-2446 - artcenter.edu/williamson
Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL)
JPL is a world-renowned research, development, and flight center for the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). Tours of the facility are by appointment only and arrangements must be made a month in advance.
4800 Oak Grove Dr. - 818-354-9314 - jpl.nasa.gov
Mount Wilson Observatory
Overlooking Pasadena from atop the Angeles National Forest, Mount Wilson Observatory is a world-class astronomical research facility. Founded in 1904, it is home to the 100-inch Hooker telescope and the world’s most powerful optical array.
Mt. Wilson - 626-440-9016 - mtwilson.edu
Pasadena Tour Company
Learn about local movie locations, architecture, grand estates, cultural landmarks and famous residents. Tours Thurs. – Sun. Custom Tours available daily. - www.Pasadenatourcompany.com
Pasadena Convention Center
The Convention Center hosts a variety of entertainment ranging from concerts, antique shows, and art auctions to hobby and collectible shows
300 E. Green St. - (626) 793-2122 - pasadenacenter.com
This memorial, located across from City Hall, honors the historic accomplishments of brothers Mack and Jackie Robinson with two 9-foot bronze portraiture sculptures.
100 N. Garfield Ave. - cityofpasadena.net
Rotating Public Art Exhibition
Launched in 2011, the Rotating Public Art Exhibition Program seeks to create an outdoor art gallery to enliven the urban landscape, create a dynamic visual experience for residents and visitors, create more venues for artwork in the City, increase exposure and opportunities for artists who live and work in Pasadena, educate the public about public art by stimulating discussion, provide a cultural draw for tourists and provide entrée for artists new to public art.
Public Art Walking Tours
Eight self-guided tours feature jewels from Pasadena’s innovative public art collection. Visit the City of Pasadena website to download tour outlines and maps.
Structures By Design
Explore rich architectural heritage on a self-guided walking tour
With 16 historical districts packed into 23 square miles, Pasadena has a wealth of incredible architecture to discover. Take a crash course in architectural style by visiting the city’s cultural and academic institutions—you’ll find everything from Beaux Arts to Craftsman, Spanish Colonial revival to Tudor revival, and Northern Chinese Imperialist to modernist. When dining out or even shopping, you’ll find yourself inside a noteworthy structure guaranteed to enhance your experience. Check out Greene & Greene’s “ultimate bungalow,” the Gamble House, circa 1908, which defines American Arts and Crafts style.
Stop by the visitors Center or download the popular Ten Tours brochure and visit some of the area’s best-kept neighborhoods to see visionaries’ remodeling ideas for your home. Tours range from 1.3 to 2 miles and are best enjoyed on foot or bicycle.