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.

Two Upcoming Events in May

Museums of the Arroyo (MOTA) Day


Join us on Sunday, May 16 to celebrate the diverse mix of art, architecture, and history of the Arroyo Seco area. Although the traditional MOTA Day open house at the six museums along the Arroyo that preserve and perpetuate our shared history is necessarily canceled for public safety, with the easing of pandemic protocols you will find participating venues offering creatively hybrid live/virtual programming.

For information on PMH's MOTA Day offerings, visit our Free Days page.

The Original Busch Gardens: Adolphus Busch’s Gift to Pasadena, California

Illustrated Lecture & Book Debut by Author/Historian Michael Logan

Saturday, May 29, 2:00 pm; Live on Zoom

Join author and historian Michael Logan for a fascinating overview of his wide-ranging research and exploration into Pasadena’s original Busch Gardens in an exclusive live Zoom presentation on Saturday, May 29, at 2:00 pm. Logan will share unique stories and images that will transport participants back to the Gardens in all their glory. This joint presentation by Pasadena Museum of History and Pasadena Village is generously sponsored by Lagerlof, LLP.

For information on this program, visit our Calendar page.

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 seminars 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.

Pasadena Museum of History offers a free day every year in the months of March, May, June, and October. In addition, one Family Free Day is held in conjunction with each exhibit.

Every year our members enjoy PMH events not open to the general public. Join the Museum for these special Pasadena events and support PMH. Popular annual Pasadena 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.