Exhibition | Cabinet of Curiosities

Celebrating 100 Years of Collecting Pasadena History

IN THE SOUTH GALLERY: FEBRUARY 24-MAY 12, 2024

Pasadena Museum of History launches its Centennial Year offerings with an exhibition that is part origin story, part retrospective, and a tribute to the early, privately amassed predecessors of modern-day museums. Cabinet of Curiosities: Celebrating 100 Years of Collecting Pasadena History, will be on view In the History Center’s South Gallery from February 24 – May 12, 2024, and feature a wide variety of singular objects from the Museum’s collections.

As in times past, our Cabinet of Curiosities will feature wonderous objects selected by volunteers, staff, and past curators for their personal significance and uniqueness.

The theme of the exhibition will be expanded in the PMH virtual media campaign, Centennial Exposition: 100 Objects in 100 Days that will offer a glimpse into the diverse holdings in our treasure trove through a series of posts over 100 consecutive weekdays on our Facebook and Instagram platforms. Select items will also be featured in more detail online in our website’s Blogs, on YouTube, and elsewhere.

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

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