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.

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

Upcoming Events

Sunday, May 22 | 12 to 5pm

Museums of the Arroyo Day

Beetle craft sample.<br>Courtesy Art 2 Go.
Beetle craft sample.
Courtesy Art 2 Go.

Community Free Day

MOTA Day includes free admission and activities at six museums located along the celebrated Arroyo Seco. Visit the Autry’s Southwest Museum Mt. Washington Campus, Gamble House, Heritage Square Museum, Los Angeles Police Museum, and Lummis Home & Garden.
At PMH, view Starting Anew and peek inside the Finnish Folk Art Museum. PMH Benefactor, Dr. Adalbert Fenyes enjoyed collecting beetles. He even had an insectarium in the Fenyes grounds!
Kids of all ages can create a unique beetle inspired by Dr. Fenyes’ collection in Art 2 Go’s arts and craft workshop.

Location: Pasadena Museum of History
470 W. Walnut St. Pasadena, CA 91103
Free Parking.

Tuesday, June 7 | 7:00 pm
postponed from April 19

Exploring Pasadena:
Developing the
10 W. Walnut Exhibit Project

10 W. Walnut Project Exhibit.<br>Photo by Jen Bressler/Hunt Design.
10 W. Walnut Project Exhibit.
Photo by Jen Bressler/Hunt Design.

General: $15 | PMH Members: $10

How do we tell the story of Pasadena’s long-ago neighborhoods, places that were razed and uprooted in the name of “urban renewal” in the 1960s and 1970s? Join exhibit planner, writer, and curator Heather Lindquist for an illustrated presentation on the newly unveiled 10 W. Walnut Exhibit.

Before the Parson’s block and 134-210 freeway interchange were built, this area was a residential community. What were the old street names? Who lived and worked there? The 10 W. Walnut Exhibit Project now permanently commemorates the stories of the mostly African American, Mexican American, and Japanese American families who lived in the neighborhood before eminent domain forced them from their homes. Lindquist will discuss what went into developing the content for this project, her collaboration with Pasadena’s Hunt Design firm, the City of Pasadena, and the property owner; and explain the key role PMH played in her research despite Covid restrictions and other challenges.

Doors open at 6:00 pm to allow guests a sneak preview the Museum’s exhibition galleries, which open to the public on April 22.

Location: Pasadena Museum of History
470 W. Walnut St. Pasadena, CA 91103
Free Parking.

Saturday, June 11 | 11:00 am
postponed from April 23

Exploring Pasadena: Walking Tour of 10 W. Walnut Exhibit with Curator Heather Lindquist

10 W. Walnut Project Panels at Holly St. & Pieroni St. <br>Photo by Jen Bressler/Hunt Design
10 W. Walnut Project Panels at Holly St. & Pieroni St.
Photo by Jen Bressler/Hunt Design

General: $15 | PMH Members: $10

Join exhibit curator Heather Lindquist on a special one-hour walking tour of the new 10 W. Walnut Exhibit Project and view the beautiful bronze and porcelain enamel panels up close! Participants will visit all 10 panels - which are located within a block of each other on site at the Lincoln Property Company - while hearing the stories behind each installation and details on how the project was designed and developed.

Before the Parson’s block and 134-210 freeway interchange were built, this area was a residential community. The 10 W. Walnut Exhibit Project now permanently commemorates the stories of the mostly African American, Mexican American, and Japanese American families who lived in the neighborhood before eminent domain forced them from their homes.

Space is limited; advance reservations required.

Location: 75 W. Holly St. Pasadena, CA 91103 (corner of W. Holly St. and Leonard J Pieroni St.). Garage Parking is located on 74 N. Pasadena Ave. and 75 N. Fair Oaks and Street parking is available on W. Union St.

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