An open-air staircase beautified by moody lightplay from an oculus above it creates a striking entrance into this three-story facility. The museum is dedicated to California art and design from the last 150 years, and often runs several temporary exhibitions simultaneously in its straightforward gallery spaces: you might find a collection of paintings by Pasadena Impressionist Benjamin Chambers Brown alongside a show devoted to toy culture. (One admission price covers all shows.) The PMCA also runs the California Design Biennial, featuring the best design emanating from the state.
Pasadena Museum of California Art
|Venue name:||Pasadena Museum of California Art|
490 E Union Street
|Opening hours:||Wed-Sun noon-5pm|
|Price:||$7, $5 seniors/students, free to members, free on the first Friday of the month.|