The Art of Getting There: Railroad Inspired Artistry

March 29 through August 13, 2017

The Art of Getting There: Railroad Inspired Artistry

Ever since the debut of railroads, whether for passenger or freight service, many have been "romanced by the rails." Artists, photographers, and countless others have tried their hands at making their own rendition of railroad culture. Curators Michael Patris and Steve Crise of the Mount Lowe Preservation Society will celebrate the history and beauty of railroads through art.

The Art of Getting There: Railroad Inspired Artistry will include paintings, photography, lithography, carvings, and sculpture created from steel rail stimuli. Objects from the extensive archives of the Mount Lowe Preservation Society Collection will also be on display. In addition, several unique and amazing artworks from private collections will be on view. Nineteenth century to contemporary art will be exhibited, including a few pieces created specifically for this exhibit.


Through this art, The Art of Getting There will celebrate the technical innovation and artistry of railroads.

General Exhibition Info

Hours: Wednesdays through Sundays, 12:00 to 5:00 pm. Please note that the Museum is closed on all major holidays. The Museum's hours can be affected by the schedule at the Rose Bowl Stadium and special events. Check our calendar for specific dates.

Tickets (available in Museum Store): $7 General; $6 Students & Seniors; Members receive free admission for 2 & Children under 12 are free.


Non-commercial photography is allowed unless otherwise noted.


Service animals only are allowed inside the buildings.

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Exhibition Tours

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Concurrent Exhibition

Art in the Street: 25 Years of the Pasadena Chalk Festival

Art in the Street: 25 Years of the Pasadena Chalk Festival (March 29 through August 13) will celebrate the silver anniversary of the Pasadena Chalk Festival. The annual festival is one of the area's most popular arts attractions. The creation and installation of chalk murals, some of which are site specific, and chalk drawing demonstrations will be featured in this exhibit. Read more...

Images: Yoko Mazza. #40 at Speed, 2013. Oil on canvas, 24 x 36 inches; Santa Fe Railroad "Pulling for Victory" ink blotter from the Los Angeles Division Freight Office, circa 1942. Michael Patris Collection, courtesy of Mount Lowe Preservation Society; Gloria Ing & Team, Masquerade Party, 2016. Photo by Brian Biery.