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, Pasadena Museum of History presents a wide-ranging schedule of exhibitions, lectures, programs, and workshops throughout the year as well as tours of historic Fenyes Mansion and the Finnish Folk Art Museum.


  • View the current exhibition:  Dreaming the Universe: The Intersection of Science, Technology and Southern California which explores the history of science fiction and Southern California from the 1930s to the 1980s.
  • In the Gardens, MOTA guests can craft your own vehicle for inter-galactic exploration in Art 2 Go’s Rocket & Spaceship workshop.
  • Star Wars Volunteer Costume Groups, the Rebel Legion and the 501st Legion, will be on hand for photographs and more.
  • The Arcane Theatre Works will present a series of readings from “Martians – An Evening with Ray Bradbury” based on the short story “The Blue Bottle” at 1 and 3 pm.
  • Mini-Tours of Fenyes Mansion. Visitors can tour the historic residence, the 1906 Beaux Arts Fenyes Mansion that’s listed on the National Register of Historic Places and is one of the few remaining grand homes on Pasadena’s “Millionaire’s Row. Docents in select rooms will share information about the original period furnishings, family heirlooms, and the unique California plein air art collection that enhance this architectural jewel.
  • 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.
  • Enjoy treats from the Kona Ice Truck which will be on site.

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