Exploring Pasadena

PMH launched Exploring Pasadena on June 19, 2021 in commemoration of the City’s 135th anniversary. This wide-ranging, multi-year initiative encourages residents and visitors alike to discover the region’s history, culture, and natural beauty through varied in-person and virtual offerings throughout the year.

Exploring Our Community

Pasadena is filled with scenic vistas, natural beauty, iconic structures, historic sites, and diverse neighborhoods. In honor of the City’s 135th anniversary on June 19th, 2021 (Pasadena was incorporated on that date in 1886), PMH announced a wide-ranging, multi-year initiative to encourage residents and visitors alike to explore the region through multiple offerings and discover the stories behind the people, places, and things that have been instrumental in creating this unique community.

Exploring Pasadena includes visual and aural presentations, guided tours, participatory games, unique lectures, hands-on workshops, and more. All offerings will be featured on this page as well as in the media and on social media platforms.

Space is limited; advance reservations required.

Remember! You can also explore Pasadena's fascinating past at your convenience through the Blogs and Videos on our website.

Upcoming Events

December 8, 2022 | 7PM

Exploring Pasadena:
South Orange Grove Boulevard - History of a Pasadena Institution

View of Orange Grove Avenue, Pasadena, California, circa 1910. Postcard Collection.

Admission: General: $15 | PMH Members: $10

Join PMH Archivist and historian, Kirk Myers for this illustrated presentation on the history of South Orange Grove Boulevard. Originally laid out in 1874 as the main avenue of Pasadena, South Orange Grove has had a storied existence. After the original frame homes were replaced by mansions, the Los Angeles Times praised it in 1916 as “the most beautiful residence street in the world lined with the homes of some of the country’s wealthiest men and women.” However, by the 1940s, the area was in decline, and a zoning change in 1948 allowed a transition to apartments and condominiums. Come and explore the storied history of this Pasadena Institution.

Presentation will begin at 7:00 pm; PMH Galleries will be open for viewing at 6:00 pm.

Space is limited; advance reservations required.

Please Note: Masks are required for this program.

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