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Things to Do in Pasadena

Pasadena Attractions, Museums and Tours


The Norton Simon Museum offers the best art value per step of any Southern California art museum due to it's density of major artists and manageable size. They are best known for their extensive collection of Impressionists, but the downstairs Collection of South and Southeast Asian Art is also worth a peek.

Huntington Library, Art Collections and Botanical Gardens is technically in San Marino, but it borders on Pasadena. The vast estate of railroad and utilities magnate Henry E. Huntington has 120 acres of Botanical Gardens on the outside. Inside, you'll find one of the most extensive research libraries on the American West and American and English Literature as well as an impressive collection of American and English art.

The Jet Propulsion Laboratory is the branch of NASA responsible for creating and monitoring all the unmanned robots, satellites and other research vessels that get sent into outer space. Public tours are offered Wednesdays by reservation and for groups by special arrangement.

Kidspace Museum is a great children's museum that focuses on science, arts and crafts associated with its location in the Arroyo Seco. There are lots of things to climb on and play with and many of the exhibits are outdoors.

The Gamble House - A Craftsman-style architectural gem created by architects Greene and Greene. Tours are available Wednesday through Sunday.

The Pacific Asia Museum consists of six galleries around a Chinese courtyard. Rotating exhibits may be ceramics, textiles, painting, sculptures and any other decorative arts from all Asian countries.

Pasadena Museum of California Art is located around the corner from the Pacific Asia Museum. They have rotating exhibits of the work of early through modern-day California artists.

The Tournament of Roses is an annual New Year's Day tradition in Pasadena featuring the Rose Parade, the Rose Bowl and other related events.

The Pasadena History Museum offers tours of the Fenyes Mansion, visits to the Finnish Folk Art Museum on the same property and exhibits in the History Center Galleries.

If you just want to explore the city, the Pasadena Convention and Visitors Bureau has a set of 10 Walking Tours of Pasadena you can download and print.

The Pasadena Visitors Center is located at 171 South Los Robles Ave., Pasadena, CA 91101

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