online exhibition

Frozen Frames: Preserving Pasadena’s Visual Legacy, PMH's premiere online exhibition, is presented via Kunstmatrix, an innovative 3D showcase for artwork that has captured the attention of museums and art galleries worldwide.

Frozen Frames: Preserving Pasadena’s Visual Legacy 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.

Brookside Park, Pasadena, November 24, 1914. (The Flag Collection, Flag_2-61-106)

Funding for the Great History Freeze project was launched with a Kickstarter campaign, which, combined with grants and other donations, exceeded our expectations by raising $37,000 to preserve more than 200,000 at-risk negatives. Following this successful fundraising effort, these one-of-a-kind photographs – many of them irreplaceable early views of Pasadena life and industry – were meticulously processed, repackaged, and re-housed in the Museum’s 13 new freezers. With the support of 4,000 volunteer hours, this massive, multi-year project successfully stopped the deterioration of the negatives and ensured their viability for generations to come.

Curated by PMH Director of Collections Anuja Navare, the four-part Frozen Frames exhibition is dedicated to the memory of Dr. Michael Kadin with generous funding provided by The Paloheimo Foundation and the Kadin family.


View a selection of images and a brief introduction to each of the four exhibitions in the Orientation Gallery by clicking ENTER EXHIBITION below.

As they become available, each of the exhibitions will be accessible below. The entire four-part Frozen Frame exhibition will remain on view through Spring 2023.

December 11, 2021

The Flag Collection

Spring 2022

J. Allen Hawkins Collection

Summer 2022

Fenyes-Curtin-Paloheimo Collection

Fall 2022

Pasadena City Schools Negatives Collection

Orientation Gallery

The Flag Collection - Available December 11, 2021

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The Great History Freeze

The Museum turned to two innovative sources for help in preserving its irreplaceable historic photographs: crowdfunding and cryogenics. The Great History Freeze Kickstarter campaign was launched to fund one freezer and rehouse approximately 20,000 negatives. We surpassed this goal raising over $27,000, funding 13 freezers, and preserving over 200,000 negatives.

Skycraft Studios planned, developed, produced, and edited our compelling Kickstarter video as a gift to the Museum.

In addition to the Great History Freeze donors listed below, we also extend our thanks to the consultants, current and former staff members, interns, and volunteers who made this project possible.


John F. Merrell Charitable Foundation


John and Beverly Stauffer Foundation

Questers El Molino

Julie Gallant

Pasadena Community Foundation

The Paloheimo Foundation