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

Our galleries are currently dark, but we hope you will visit in September when we open Batchelder: Tilemaker and Cast & Fired: Pasadena's Mid-Century Ceramics Industry.

Please note that the Museum Store is still open normal hours and Fenyes Mansion tours are also available.

Coming Soon


Batchelder: Tilemaker (September 21, 2016 - February 16, 2017) is the first local exhibit dedicated solely to the life and work of this extraordinary artist and educator. Ernest Batchelder established his first tile factory in the backyard of his home on the banks of Pasadena’s Arroyo Seco. His hand-crafted art tiles epitomized the ideals of the American Arts & Crafts movement. Exhibit curator, Robert Winter, PhD, lives in the Batchelder house and wrote the definitive Batchelder history, Batchelder: Tilemaker (Balcony Press, 1999). Read more...


Cast & Fired: Pasadena's Mid-Century Ceramics Industry (September 21, 2016 - February 16, 2017) will explore the growth and decline of the mass-market ceramics industry from the 1930s through the 1960s. Southern California, with its rich clay deposits, emerged as a world leader in pottery and ceramics production for household use in the mid-century. This exhibit explores, for the first time, Pasadena’s contributions to this industry. Read more...

General Exhibition Info

Hours: Wednesdays through Sundays, 12:00 to 5:00 pm (Please note that the Museum is closed on all major holidays and closes early on December 24 and December 31.  The Museum's hours can also be affected by the schedule at the Rose Bowl Stadium.)

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


Non-commercial photography is allowed unless otherwise noted.


Service animals only are allowed inside the buildings.


Exhibition-Related Programs

Pasadena Museum of History is pleased to offer a variety of exhibition-related programming. Please visit the Museum Calendar & Events page on this website for up-to-date information, or sign up for our monthly newsletter.

Exhibition Tours

Staff-led or curator-led tours are available for some exhibitions. To inquire about an exhibition tour, please contact us at 626.577.1660, ext. 26 or

Images: Batchelder bird tile, design #510, circa 1923. Gift of Robert Winter: Ernest A. Batchelder Tile Collection & Archives, 2015.008.077. Tiles such as this one will be on display in Batchelder: Tilemaker; Base of a coffee pot warmer, by Walter Starnes, Pasadena. 7" wide. Gift of Dr. Elizabeth A. Smalley, 2014.005.013. Image on homepage: Batchelder peacock tile (detail), circa 1920.  6" square. Gift of Robert Winter: Ernest A. Batchelder Tile Collection & Archives, 2015.008.032)