• Pasadena Museum of History
  • 470 W. Walnut St.
  • Pasadena, CA 91103
  • United States
  • Saturday, March 03, 2018 - Sunday, September 02, 2018
  • Dreaming the Universe

    Dreaming the Universe: The Intersection of Science, Fiction, & Southern California is an exhibition at the Pasadena Museum of History—on view from March 3, 2018 through September 2, 2018. This exhibition will explore the history of science fiction in Southern California from the 1930s to the 1980s, and how it interacted with the advances of science, the changes in technology, and shifts in American society. Southern California ushered in the Rocket Age in 1936 with the first rocket tests in Pasadena’s Arroyo Seco, which makes the Pasadena Museum of History a fitting place for this exhibition.

    What to Expect

    The exhibition will feature historic artifacts, fine and graphic art, books and collectible memorabilia, and historic photographs in the Museum’s 2,000 foot Kathryn Beynon Foundation Exhibition Hall. Dreaming the Universe will examine visionary creators such as Ray Bradbury, Octavia Butler, Frank Kelly Freas, Ray Harryhausen, and Emil Petaja, and the books, art, and media they created. Attention will also be given to the fans of science fiction, individuals such as Forrest Ackerman, as well as fan organizations.


    $9 General Admission

    $8 Students & Seniors

    Museum Members receive free admission for two adults and children under 12

    Tickets are available for purchase at the museum store.


    Wednesdays through Sundays 12:00 PM to 5:00 PM and closed on major holidays.


    Curator Led Exhibition Tours cost $15 per person (groups of 10-20).

    Group tours available upon request and are about one hour long. Call (626) 577-1660 ext. 26 or email [email protected]

    Pasadena Museum of History

    Founded in 1924, the Pasadena Museum of History’s mission is to preserve materials documenting Pasadena’s history. The museum is located on the grounds of the Fenyes Estate a Pasadena cultural landmark and it is on the National Register of Historic Places. Pasadena Museum of History is the only museum and research library dedicated solely to preserving and sharing the history, art, and culture of Pasadena.  The library and archives include almost one million historic photographs, books, maps, and artifacts; and its art collection includes paintings from well-known plein air painters. More→

    Public Transportation and Parking

    Complimentary parking is available at the Pasadena Museum History off of Walnut Street. You can also take public transportation via the Metro Gold Line, Pasadena Transit, or by Metro Bike. Visit any of these links for the best route.

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