Museum Free Days

Free Days include Happy Birthday Pasadena (June), which celebrates Pasadena’s history and diverse community with fun for all ages. PMH also provides free admission and entertaining public programming for community collaborations such as Museums of the Arroyo (MOTA) Day (May) and ArtNight Pasadena (March and October). In addition, one Family Free Day is held in conjunction with each exhibition.

Upcoming Free Day

Happy Birthday Pasadena: Chalk Up Another Year!

Sunday, June 11, 1:00 to 4:00 pm

Popcorn at 2016 Happy Birthday Pasadena

Presented by Pasadena Museum of History & the City of Pasadena

Free Amusements for the Young & Young-at-Heart

Everyone is invited to join the free community festivities as PMH and the City of Pasadena present Happy Birthday Pasadena. Dignitaries will cut the City’s official birthday cake and all are invited to enjoy a slice! Explore the exhibitions. Enjoy free entertainment and chalk art and railroad inspired craft workshops. Schedule of Events listed below.

Young visitor drawing with chalk

History Pod at 2015 Happy Birthday Pasadena

Schedule for the Day:

Be Inspired!

1:00 – 4:00:  View two colorful exhibitions: Art of Getting There: Railroad Inspired Artistry & Art in the Street: 25 Years of the Pasadena Chalk Festival


1:00 – 4:00:  Visit the Finnish Folk Art Museum & Interactive Stations featuring art, education, music, and history

Have fun!

1:00 – 4:00:  Railroad Themed & Chalk Art Workshops

Be Amazed & Delighted!

1:30 – 3:30:  Music performances • Face Painting • Balloon Artists • Magicians

Sing Happy Birthday!

2:00:  Official Cake Cutting Ceremony with Mayor Tornek and VIPs

Indulge Your Sweet Tooth!

2:30 – 4:00:  Birthday Cake for everyone

Save the Date

Mark your calendar for Chalk-ful of Fun Day on Sunday, August 6. We will also be offering free gallery admission on June 17 & June 18 in celebration of the twenty-fifth anniversary of the Pasadena Chalk Festival.

Images, top to bottom: Event partner Pasadena Jaycees handing out free popcorn, HBP 2016. Photo by Marlyn Woo/Joanne Wilborn; Young visitor drawing with chalk, 2017; History Pod, HBP 2015.