upcoming exhibition

Designed to entertain as well as educate, changing exhibitions in the 2,000 square foot gallery space in the History Center feature diverse topics that speak to the area's multi-faceted history and interests.


Starting Anew: Transforming Pasadena, 1890-1930

Glasscock and Vroman at 60 E Colorado (Courtesy of Pasadena Public Library, v2#203)
Glasscock and Vroman at 60 E Colorado. The store was at this location from 1894 to 1920.
(Courtesy of Pasadena Public Library, v2#203)

November 13, 2019 - July 3, 2020

The forty years between 1890 and 1930 were a dynamic time in Pasadena’s history. The area changed rapidly from a small agricultural community to a renowned winter resort and bustling young city. Newcomers came for many reasons. They were taken by the region’s natural beauty and the opportunities associated with its growth and potential. It was an attractive place to start new ventures, or in some cases, to start over. The railroad provided convenient and affordable transportation to the attractively nicknamed “Crown City.” Luxurious resort hotels sprung up and a town grew, providing opportunities for real estate investments or starting commercial and service businesses. Pasadena was changing significantly, fashioned by a rapidly burgeoning population and its hopes, dreams, and achievements.

The exhibition will explore the city’s private and public sector development by examining themes such as: Why did people come to Pasadena? Why did they choose to stay? Where did they live and what did they see and do? What local, national, or international influences served as a catalyst for the city’s remarkable transformation?

Starting Anew will showcase historic images, documents, artwork, furnishings, clothing, and ephemera selected from the Museum’s collection. Information presented will feature research that has been done over decades by scholars, Museum staff, and volunteers.