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.

Online Exhibition

Park with trees, benches, and a path.
Brookside Park, Pasadena, November 24, 1914. (The Flag Collection, Flag_2-61-106)

Frozen Frames: Preserving Pasadena’s Visual Legacy

Exhibition Sponsors: The Paloheimo Trust & the Kadin Family

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 Freeze project of 2015.

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

In the Galleries

Please Note: The Museum is temporarily closed until further notice. For more information please read our Notice Regarding COVID-19 (Coronavirus). We encourage you to listen to the Starting Anew exhibition podcast with curator Brad Macneil on PMH’s YouTube channel.

early Pasadena postcard
Postcard, view of east Colorado Street, Pasadena, 1900s (PMH Collection)


Exhibition Sponsors: The Paloheimo Trust & Susan Stevens and Family

Starting Anew explores the development of Pasadena during the transformative years 1890–1930. Discover the people whose dreams and plans shaped the city, the unique institutions and attractions that brought tourists and new residents to the region, and the unprecedented growth of a unique and vibrant community.

Starting Anew is dedicated to the memory of PMH Project Archivist Julie A. Stires & PMH Volunteers Sid Gally & Carol Watson.