Pacific Asia Museum

In town for just a day? Make sure to visit the following must-see locations and attractions.

Pasadena’s Norton Simon Museum has one of the most remarkable private art collections in the world. View seven centuries of European art from the Renaissance to the 20th century, including works by Van Gogh, Picasso, Rembrandt, Fragonard and Rodin.

And don’t miss the Pacific Asia Museum, among just four institutions in the country dedicated exclusively to the arts and culture of Asia and the Pacific Islands.

Around the corner from the Pacific Asia museum, Pasadena Museum of California Art is the only museum in southern California devoted exclusively to California art, architecture, and design.

Nightlife

When night falls, Pasadena comes alive. With 11 performing arts organizations, the options are limitless.

Enjoy an award-winning play at the Pasadena Playhouse, a performance by the revered Pasadena Symphony, a cutting-edge production at Boston Court Performing Arts Center, or a concert by the Grammy-winning Southwest Chamber Music.

During the summer months take advantage of free concerts at the Levitt Pavilion and the California Philharmonic Orchestra’s exciting outdoor concert series. All of these organizations and more offer group rates.

The city is also home to a famous comedy club, a variety of popular dance spots, and sizzling jazz hideaways.