upcoming exhibitions

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.

Coming in 2018


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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 1930 to 1980, and how it interacted with the advances of science, the changes in technology, and shifts in American society. Curated by Nick Smith, president of Los Angeles Science Fantasy Society, the exhibition will feature historic artifacts, fine and graphic art, books and ephemera, and historic photographs.

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. Additional support comes from The William Hayward Pickering Memorial Fund & Archive and the Art Directors Guild.

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BLASTING OFF!!!! Attention All Science Fiction Fans and Collectors!

Can you help us find objects to tell our story? We’re looking for science fiction posters, comics, toys, props, costumes, art, and related ephemera. Help us spread the word…if you have something interesting and would consider loaning it for the exhibit, please contact us at research@pasadenahistory.org.

Image: Rocket ship ride based on hit 1950s TV series, Space Patrol, at the Market Basket grocery store, Pasadena, 1952. Photo by J. Allen Hawkins, Hawkins Collection (JAH7675)