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 exhibitions:  Art in the Street: 25 Years of the Pasadena Chalk Festival (featuring the creation and installation of memorable chalk murals and a look at the art form’s process and techniques) and The Art of Getting There: Railroad Inspired Artistry (featuring paintings, photography, carvings, sculptures and more). In the Giddings Room, visitors can see a special model train display from the ’20s, ’30, and Beyond Model Railroad Club.
  • In the Gardens, MOTA guests are encouraged to be inspired by a chalk artist in the act of creating a mural, and beautify the campus by participating in a collaborative chalk masterpiece! (Chalk murals sponsored by the Rotary Club of Pasadena Foundation.)
  • Mini-Tours of Fenyes Mansion. Visitors can tour the historic residence and meet Agnes, a devoted servant of the Fenyes Family and find out the inside story about life in the early 1900s. The 1906 Beaux Arts Fenyes Mansion is 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.
  • The Ice Princess Ice Cream Truck will be onsite selling cool treats.

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