Museum Free Days

PMH is pleased to participate in free events, such as Museums of the Arroyo (MOTA) Day, with other cultural organizations.

Museums of the Arroyo (MOTA) Day

Sunday, May 16

MOTA Day postcard

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 about offerings at all six venues, please visit

PMH’s MOTA Day offerings include:

Free Guided Walking Tour of Orange Grove Boulevard with Pasadena Walking Tours - SOLD OUT

The city we now know as Pasadena was established along Orange Grove Boulevard, overlooking the Arroyo Seco and with stunning views of the mountains beyond. This walking tour will celebrate this iconic street and the people who shaped it, including highlights like the Indiana Colony settlements, Colorado Street Bridge, Millionaires' Row, bohemian artistic communities, Craftsman architecture, resort hotels, and the Rose Parade! Tour begins and ends in PMH parking lot; free street parking available.  

The walking tour is SOLD OUT. Please enjoy our other MOTA Day activities.

Free Guided Virtual 3D Tour of Fenyes Mansion - 12:30 pm

Live on Zoom

PMH is offering a Free Guided Virtual 3D Tour of the historic 1906 Beaux Arts Fenyes Mansion. Join us and travel back in time to discover what life was like when Eva and Dr. Adalbert Fenyes lived in Pasadena. The home is largely unchanged, with the family’s original furnishings and art collection, demonstrating their wide-ranging interests and sophisticated taste. Explore the Fenyes Mansion with our guide and learn more about specific objects, early Pasadena history, and the Fenyes family story.

Link to the Zoom presentation will be posted on this page and on our social media on MOTA Day. No reservations required.

Saluting PMH Volunteers on MOTA Day

MOTA Day has traditionally been one of the year’s biggest events at PMH and our Volunteers always play an important role in creating a wonderful experience for our visitors. PMH’s Visitor Services & Volunteer Coordinator, Janelle Piva, salutes our volunteers in a special blog to honor their many years of dedication.

Read Volunteers are Vital.