Museum Programs, Lectures & Events

PMH offers award-winning educational programs for adults and children of all ages at the Museum and in the community. PMH also provides free admission and entertaining public programming for community collaborations, such as ArtNight and MOTA Day.

Note to Spring 2020 ticket holders

Brown Paper Tickets, the online ticketing group the Museum successfully used for many years, unexpectedly ceased their operation in the early days of the pandemic, and we are dismayed that patrons have still not received refunds for ticket purchases via Brown Paper Tickets for events that were cancelled. While we have no control over this, we would like to offer you our sincerest apologies. We would also like to offer you a refund directly from PMH. While Brown Paper Tickets has pledged to refund all ticket holders, the timetable and likelihood of a refund is unknown. Therefore, the President of the Board of Trustees, William E. Thomson, Jr., has pledged to make a donation to the Museum to cover reimbursing ticket holders.

If you would like to accept our Board President’s offer of a refund from PMH, please send an email to or call and leave a message at 626.577.1660, and a check will be mailed to you.

A variety of lectures and events on Pasadena history, art, and culture promote the Museum’s goal to provide life-long learning in a non-classroom setting. These events are offered in addition to regular tours of the Fenyes Mansion and exhibitions.

In honor of the City’s 135th anniversary in 2021 PMH is launching Exploring Pasadena, which will include visual and aural presentations, guided tours, participatory games, unique lectures, hands-on workshops, and more.

Every year our members enjoy PMH events not open to the general public. Join the Museum for these special events and support PMH. Popular annual events include visits to architecturally unique homes and evenings filled with culture and food.

Each year, Pasadena Museum of History honors individuals and/or businesses as Contemporary History Makers for their contributions to our cultural community.

Changing Exhibitions

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. We have two galleries and often host two changing exhibitions at the same time.