exhibitions

Designed to entertain as well as educate, the changing museum exhibitions in the Kathryne Beynon Foundation Exhibition Hall in the PMH History Center address Pasadena’s diverse and multi-faceted community history.

This summer features two fun-filled art exhibitions, Art in the Street: 25 Years of the Pasadena Chalk Festival and The Art of Getting There: Railroad Inspired Artistry. The year will conclude with a museum exhibition celebrating the history and fashions of the Pasadena Tournament of Roses® Royal Court, which will celebrate its 100th Rose Queen® in 2018. The Museum also offers exhibit-related programs and family free days.

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Rose Queen® crown, 1993-2004

Royals of Pasadena:
Rose Queen® and Royal Court

September 2, 2017 through February 11, 2018

In honor of the inauguration of the 100th Rose Queen® in 2018, PMH will present an exhibition celebrating the Pasadena Tournament of Roses® Royal Court. Exquisite Coronation gowns of past Rose Queens and Princesses will be on display, as well as daywear, accessories, and jewelry from the Court wardrobes, all generously lent by former members of the Royal Court. A special highlight will be Queen’s crowns from the past century, on loan from the Tournament of Roses.

Thank you to our Signature Sponsor: Pasadena Tournament of Roses®

Coming in 2018

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dreaming the universe:
the intersection of science, fiction, & southern california

March 3 through September 2, 2018

Dreaming the Universe: The Intersection of Science, Fiction, & Southern California will explore the history of science fiction in Southern California from 1930 to 1980, and how it interacted with the advances of science, the changes in technology, and shifts in American society. Curated by Nick Smith, president of Los Angeles Science Fantasy Society, the exhibition will feature historic artifacts, fine and graphic art, books and ephemera, and historic photographs.

This project was made possible with support from California Humanities, a non-profit partner of the National Endowment for the Humanities. Visit www.calhum.org. Additional support comes from The William Hayward Pickering Memorial Fund & Archive and the Art Directors Guild.

Images: Rose Queen® crown, 1993-2004, loan courtesy of The Pasadena Tournament of Roses®; Rocket ship ride based on hit 1950s TV series, Space Patrol, at the Market Basket grocery store, Pasadena, 1952. Photo by J. Allen Hawkins, Hawkins Collection (JAH7675)