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 exhibitions:When Johnny Came Marching West: How the Civil War Shaped Pasadena and Thaddeus Lowe: Chief Aeronaut of the Union Army. 
  • Visit out an actual reenactment of a Civil War encampment.
  • For MOTA Day’s “Out of the Vault Exhibit,” the Museum will display a drum used by the Pasadena branch of the GAR (Grand Army of the Republic).
  • Art2Go invites young crafters to help them create a gigantic quilt among other craft projects.
  • Paradise Food Truck will be serving up fresh baked cookies and homemade ice cream.
  • Mini-Tours of Fenyes Mansion. Visitors can tour the historic residence.
  • 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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