Pasadena Museum of History


470 W. Walnut Street, Pasadena

A museum and research library/archives focusing on the history of Pasadena and the San Gabriel Valley, the Pasadena Museum of History is located on the grounds of the Fenyes Mansion – one of the few remaining grand homes on Pasadena’s former “Millionaire’s Row.”  The 1906 Beaux Arts Fenyes Mansion is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The history galleries contain changing exhibitions and the “Tupa” or the Finnish Folk Art Museum, one of a handful of museums devoted to the Scandinavian country in the United States.


  • View the Current Exhibition Crown City Jubilee. Significant anniversaries of institutions,  organizations, and businesses unique to Pasadena are celebrated. This exhibition explores their community impact and unique histories through photographs, artifacts, and related ephemera.
  •  “Out of the Vault Exhibit:”  a 19th century “horn chair” donated by Mrs. James Elms in 1958. According to the donor, this chair once belonged to the Bandini family.  Don Juan Bandini (1800-1859) was one of the largest ranchers and landowners in Southern California in the 19th century.  Several of his ten children settled in the San Gabriel/Los Angeles area.  Arturo Bandini was a prominent public figure in Pasadena at the turn of the 20th century and lived with his wife Helen Elliott Bandini in a Green & Green designed home near present day Cal Tech.
  • Performances by 3/3rds  Band who gather on porches and in living rooms to sing songs: songs with spiraling, endlessly overlapping harmonies, songs about history and living in the desert….and the occasional murder ballad. 1 p.m.
  • Mini-Tours of Fenyes Mansion. Visitors can get a first look at the historic residence following its recent $1.7 million rejuvenation.
  • Tours of Finnish Folk Art Museum. Members of the Finlandia Foundation will welcome guests to the museum which is furnished in the style of a 19th century Finnish farmhouse. This unique exhibition provides a fascinating glimpse into Finland’s tradition and culture and reminds visitors that the Fenyes Mansion once served as the Finnish Consulate.

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