• 46 N. Los Robles Ave.
  • Pasadena, CA 91101
  • T: 626-449-2742

Temporarily Closed Until 2017

The USC Pacific Asia Museum is undergoing a seismic retrofitting to strengthen its foundation. It will be closed to the public beginning June 2016 and is expected to reopen in May 2017. During its closure a slate of programs will run throughout the Pasadena community and a satellite museum will be open at USC Doheny Library

USC Pacific Asia Museum

USC Pacific Asia Museum is the only university museum in the United States dedicated exclusively to the arts and culture of Asia and the Pacific Islands. The museum’s mission is to further intercultural understanding through the arts of Asia and the Pacific Islands. Since 1971, USC Pacific Asia Museum has served a broad audience of students, families, adults and scholars through its education and outreach programs.

Art Collection

The museum has a collection of more than 15,000 items from across Asia and the Pacific Islands, spanning more than 5,000 years. Prominent holdings include the Harari Collection of Japanese paintings and drawings from the Edo (1600-1868) and Meiji (1868-1912) periods, one of the largest collections of Japanese folk paintings outside Japan, a South Pacific bark cloth collection, Chinese ceramics and textiles and Buddhist art from throughout Asia. The museum organized several groundbreaking exhibitions, including the first North American exhibitions of contemporary Chinese art after the Cultural Revolution and one of the first exhibitions of contemporary Aboriginal art in the United States.

The Building

USC Pacific Asia Museum is housed in a Chinese Qing dynasty-inspired mansion, a setting that will add a special ambiance to any event. A variety of spaces are available to accommodate different size groups.

Special Event Spaces

  • Conservatory/Auditorium | Indoor | Capacity: 80
  • Garden View Gallery| Indoor | Capacity: 40
  • The Blue Room| Indoor | Capacity: 15
  • Courtyard| Outdoor | Capacity: 120


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