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

2017 MOTA Day – Save the Date – Sunday, May 21, 2017, Noon to 5:00 pm

It’s fun, free, and only one day a year! Join us for the annual Museum Free Day – Museums of the Arroyo Day – on Sunday, May 21.  Six museums in Los Angeles and Pasadena will open their doors – free of charge – from 12 to 5 pm and provide shuttles to transport you to and from the various locations throughout the afternoon.

Here at PMH, visitors will enjoy two new exhibitions that take a look at art from different perspectives. Art in the Street: 25 Years of the Pasadena Chalk Festival celebrates the silver anniversary of one of the area’s most popular art attractions. The Art of Getting There: Railroad Inspired Artistry explores how railroads, the apex of the Industrial Revolution’s might and power, have inspired artists since their introduction.

Visitors will also enjoy mini-tours of historic Fenyes Mansion, tours of the Finnish Folk Art Museum, and a special model train display from the ’20s, ’30s and Beyond Model Railroad.  Be inspired by a chalk artist in the act of creating a mural, and beautify the campus with your own chalk masterpiece!

MOTA museum members include The Autry’s Historic Southwest Museum Mt. Washington Campus, the Gamble House, Heritage Square Museum, the Los Angeles Police Museum, the Lummis Home and Garden and PMH. In addition to its ongoing regular displays and exhibits, each museum will feature a distinctive slice of Southern California history.

For information on the offerings at the other participating venues, please visit

Images, top to bottom: Artist Bradford Salamon, whose oil paintings are on display in The Art of Getting There, doodling on the chalk wall; Model train transition module (Courtesy of '20s, '30s, and Beyond Model Railroad).

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