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.

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 explores 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 features 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.

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.

Recent Articles

logo art for the Science Fiction League

Early Fandom in Science Fiction

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Photo of E.T. Bell from the Caltech Archives

Caltech Writers: Part I

One of the greatest overlaps between science and science fiction over the past century has been Caltech. Several great SF writers have spent part or …

Bust of actor Glenn Strange as Frankenstein

It’s Alive!!

Two centuries ago, this year, a single book created a whole new genre, that of what we now call science fiction. The book was Frankenstein, …

funeral of Owen Brown

Owen Brown in Pasadena

January 10, 1889 was a significant date in early Pasadena history – the funeral of Owen Brown, son of abolitionist John Brown.  Owen was the …

Galactica Landing Bay. Battlestar Galactica, 1978. Matte painting. Loan courtesy of NBCUniversal Archives & Collections; Travelling rocket ship based on hit 1950s TV series, Space Patrol, at the Market Basket grocery store, Pasadena, 1952. Photo by J. Allen Hawkins, Hawkins Collection (JAH7675)