Pasadena is known for its abundance of renowned cultural institutions, many within walking distance of one another.
Full Day – One Attraction
The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens easily fills a full day or more. Arrange for a 90-minute guided tour to get an over view of the art and gardens. Tea service is available and requires a reservation, or enjoy lunch ala cart at the Café.
Full Day – Two or More Attractions
Norton Simon Museum is located just two blocks from the Gamble House and Pasadena Museum, making it possible to visit all in one day for a very full day of art, architecture and culture. If you only have a few hours at the Norton Simon Museum, with its vast array of European and Asian art, arrange for a guide or use the self-guided audio tour for selected sections you wish to view.
A guided tour of the Craftsman masterpiece known as the Gamble House, circa 1908, takes about an hour.
Pasadena Museum of History is home to the Fenyes Mansion, which still retains all of its original furnishings dating back to 1905. The campus also includes the Finnish Folk Art Museum and History Center Galleries. Choose to visit one or all of the facilities
Pacific Asia Museum, dedicated to the preservation, promotion and understanding of the arts and culture of Asia and the Pacifc, can easily be explored in 45–90 minutes.
For those interested in California art, Pasadena Museum of California Art lies directly adjacent to the Pacific Asia Museum. This museum can be experienced in 90 minutes or less.
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Armory Center for the Arts is located in Old Pasadena and within walking distance of Pasadena City Hall, making this an easy add-on to an itinerary. Williamson Gallery displays cutting-edge works at a unique gallery located at the Art Center College of Design above the Rose Bowl Stadium.