Virtual

Youth
Tour

We invite children and their adult companions to explore the historic Fenyes 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.

Introduction

Children and their adult companions can now tour the Fenyes 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 info@pasadenahistory.org.

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

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Mrs. Fenyes and the Movies (Part 4 of 4): The Egyptian becomes the Uptown Theater

When Warner’s Egyptian Theater closed its doors in 1935, Henry Warner, one time owner and then manager of the theater, was out of a job. …

Letterhead, 9 May 1936. (Fenyes Collection, FCP.162.4)

Mrs. Fenyes and the Movies (Part 3 of 4): Warner’s Egyptian Theater

Warner’s Egyptian Theater opened in Pasadena, California on May 6, 1925 as a combination vaudeville, legitimate theater, and movie house. It offered the latest feature …

Image of what the Mission Theater marquee might have looked like

Mrs. Fenyes and the Movies (Part 2 of 4): The Mission Theater

Clune’s Broadway Theater, built by William (Billy) Clune on Eva Fenyes’ property at 528 South Broadway in Los Angeles, opened in October 1910. Just months …

The American proposes (Pasadena, California) [actors: Carol Dempster & Richard Barthelmess], November 1918. Colored pencil on paper, 6.5 x 5 in. (Fenyes Collection, ESF.012.3122)

Mrs. Fenyes and the Movies (Part 1 of 4): Los Angeles

Eva Fenyes came to Pasadena in 1896, attracted by the temperate climate, the beautiful landscape, and the quality of light which is so unique to …