Current Exhibition

Designed to entertain as well as educate, the changing exhibitions in the Kathryne Beynon Foundation Exhibition Hall in the History Center address Pasadena’s diverse and multi-faceted community history.

The galleries are closed several times per year while we change exhibitions.  When our galleries are dark, visitors are welcome to visit the Museum to take a Fenyes Mansion tour, explore the holdings in the Research Library & Archives, and shop in the Museum Store.

Dreaming the Universe: The Intersection of Science, Fiction, & Southern California

March 3 through September 2, 2018

Dreaming the Universe: The Intersection of Science, Fiction, & Southern California will explore the history of science fiction in Southern California from the 1930s to the 1980s, and how it interacted with the advances of science, the changes in technology, and shifts in American society. Curated by Nick Smith, former president of Los Angeles Science Fantasy Society, the exhibition will feature historic artifacts, fine and graphic art, books and ephemera, and historic photographs.

Thank you to our exhibition sponsors: The William Hayward Pickering Memorial Fund & Archive, the Art Directors Guild, and NBCUniversal.

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This project was made possible with support from California Humanities, a non-profit partner of the National Endowment for the Humanities. Visit www.calhum.org.

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