We invite children and their adult companions to explore the historic Fényes Mansion in this new fully-immersive virtual tour created especially for younger audiences. Discover fascinating details and fun facts about various items while  wandering from room to room.

NOW ON VIEW: Community Stitches: Quilt Designs & Stories
HOURS: Exhibition Galleries & Museum Store Wed-Sun 12-5 pm | Research Library Fri-Sun 1-4 pm


Children and their adult companions can now tour the Fényes Mansion anytime, anywhere, while discovering kid-friendly messages along the way. This virtual tour was created by former Junior Docent Amanda Kiesel so that schoolchildren can enjoy the same excitement she experienced the first time she stepped inside this historic residence.

We would love to hear from you. Please email your comments and questions to

Amanda Kiesel leading a Jr. Docent tour. Photos courtesy of the Kiesel family.

"About 120 years ago, Pasadena was a small, but fast- growing town. Dr. Adalbert and Mrs. Eva Fényes arrived in Pasadena in 1896. That was more than 100 years ago! Can you believe it? Together we will explore the Mansion they built in 1906. Our tour will give you a good idea of how different life was over 100 years ago. Imagine a time when… there were no cell phones, no TVs, and no computers!! Your tour guide certainly can't!

This online virtual tour will allow you to experience the Fényes Mansion without even stepping out of your house! Click on the video link/arrow to start your self-guided tour. You can move from room to room as quickly or slowly as you wish. Touch the circle prompts in various locations along the way to open pop-up windows that will tell you details and fun facts about particular objects and areas. Do you know what the best part is? You are free to come back to the Mansion any time you want! What’s your favorite room? Did you like the monkey cage, too?"

- Amanda

Meet Your Tour Guide - Amanda

Virtual Youth Tour Tour Guide
Jr. Docent Amanda Kiesel welcoming students to the Fényes Mansion. Photo courtesy of the Kiesel family.

"Hello! My name is Amanda Kiesel and I am hosting your tour today! I remember being in 3rd grade and touring the Fényes Mansion. It was so cool to be guided by an older kid. Then, in 7th grade I trained to be a Jr. Docent. I enjoyed touring 3rd grade students from local schools. My favorite object to talk about was the monkey cage in the Studio. It’s so much fun, and I’m so excited to share this experience with you virtually!

My Jr. Docent experience in 7th grade was awesome. With this virtual tour project, I am combining my Jr. Docent involvement with my goal of completing a Gold Award -- the highest achievement a Girl Scout can receive. This award recognizes a project that the Girl Scout is passionate about. I’m passionate about history and working with children. I’m also passionate about making Museum tours fun for school children and beyond."

Recent Articles

Pasadena in World War I

Thomas Banigan poses next to Lyle Richard Barnett’s Civ Aide A.R.C. Ambulance Driver’s Uniform on display in the Starting Anew exhibition. As the exhibition Starting Read More »

Visions of Christmas Past

WAB-135Ai_Kids-with-Christmas-Tree-and-Gifts-1904 How did families celebrate Christmas in the early 20th century, and why does it matter to us more than a century later? Many of us Read More »

“Exploring Pasadena’s Past” – The Heart of Pasadena’s Communities of Color

Celebrating Women’s History Month Through Books

Looking for your next book to read? Check out these recommendations from members of the Museum’s Volunteer Book Club.