Pasadena Museum of California Art

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Photograph: Courtesy Pasadena Museum of California Art
Temporary Retna mural on the PMCA exterior.

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.

Venue name: Pasadena Museum of California Art
Address: 490 E Union Street
Los Angeles

Opening hours: Wed-Sun noon-5pm
Price: $7, $5 seniors/students, free to members, free on third Thursday evenings.
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