Designed to entertain as well as educate, changing exhibitions - both online and in the History Center galleries - feature diverse topics that speak to the area's multi-faceted history and interests.

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in the galleries

June 8, 2024 – February 9, 2025

Hollywood Magic in Pasadena

Highlighting Pasadena’s intrinsic role in the multidimensional world of filmmaking. Focusing on the people who helped shape the industry – both on screen and behind the scenes – and locations that provide settings for their artistic pursuits. The galleries will feature a wide range of objects relating to movies, television, music videos, and more, celebrating the creative process from initial concept to finished productions. 

Made possible, in part, by the Paloheimo Foundation.

online exhibition


Frozen Frames: Preserving Pasadena’s Visual Legacy, PMH’s premiere online exhibition, will unfold in four parts over a year-long period, bringing artistically and historically compelling images out of the deep freeze and into public view. The photographs come from among the more than 200,000 at-risk negatives that are now cryogenically preserved as part of the Museum’s Great History Freezeproject of 2015.

Frozen Frames is dedicated to the memory of Dr. Michael Kadin and is proudly supported by the news website Pasadena Now.

Exhibition Sponsors: The Paloheimo Trust & the Kadin Family

Past Exhibitions

Childhood portrait of Pasadena’s first school teacher Jenny Clapp Culver (1856-1937), circa 1860. Gift of Nancy Dustin Wall Moure.
Cabinet of Curiosities

February - May 2024