Members Events

MADness: Member Appreciation Days – Friday  through Sunday, May 12, 13, & 14

Your PMH membership card can be used twice a year to receive reciprocal free admission and a 20% discount in the stores of other Southern California institutions.  A list of participating institutions will be available soon.

If you have lost your membership card and would like to request a replacement, please contact us at 626.577.1660, ext. 11 or


At Homes Series

Our popular At Home Series combines presentations by outstanding speakers with visits to architecturally unique homes. Enjoy one or more evenings of history, culture, food, and companionship with fellow PMH members. The 2016 At Home series has concluded. Information for next year’s series will be available in Spring 2017.

Below are examples of past programs.

Book Arts at Scripps College Press

May_At Home_squareDirector Kitty Maryatt of the Scripps College Press delved into the rich history of book arts and how students create, hand set, print by letterpress, and bind limited edition books every semester at Scripps College in Claremont. The lecture took place at the oldest home in Madison Heights, a structure infused with Arts & Crafts details which was built by architect C.K. Alley in 1908.

Why California Pottery?: From Malibu to Pasadena & Beyond

July_At Home_squareBill Stern, Executive Director of the Museum of California Design, explored the innovations in aesthetics and technology in Southern California potteries that contributed to the design of casual living from the 1930s through the 1960s. Guests at this lecture were also able to view a private collection of Roselane Pottery in a 1925 stucco Spanish Revival home.

Dreaming the Universe

King house

Nick Smith, board member of the Los Angeles Science Fantasy Society, discussed highlights of the exhibition, Dreaming the Universe: The Intersection of Science, Fiction, & Southern California, scheduled to open in Spring 2018 at PMH. The lecture took place at a 1979 Buff & Hensman home nestled in the heart of the Arroyo Seco with views of the arches of the Pasadena Pioneer Bridge and Colorado Street Bridge.

Image: Photo by Felis Stella, courtesy Museum of California Design

The Mysteries of the Japanese Gardener

September_At Home_squareThe Japanese-style garden and the Japanese American gardener are both ubiquitous in Southern California, remnants of a certain era. Naomi Hirahara, novelist and social historian, blended fact and fiction in her presentation, which included readings from her Mas Arai books and poetry by the gardeners themselves. The lecture took place in the fountain courtyard of a Greene and Greene designed home, which overlooks the Arroyo Seco and the Colorado Street Bridge.


Not a Member? For information regarding membership, visit the membership page of our website or call 626.577.1660, ext. 11.


To view photos from past Members’ receptions, please visit the Museum’s Facebook page.