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Pasadena Museum of History maintains the area's largest and most comprehensive collection of documents and artifacts relating to the history of Pasadena and neighboring communities. The ever-expanding collection spans the years 1834 to the present and contains well over one million historic photographs, rare books, manuscripts, maps,  architectural records, art, costumes and textiles, and objects.

The current mission statement is: “The Museum’s collections, exhibits and programs provide educational resources for the public to increase understanding and appreciation of history, culture and science in Pasadena and its neighboring communities.” 

Photo: Tournament of Roses, 1st Prize Winner, 1897 (PMH Main Collection)


The Museum's collections have developed over the years through the generosity of donors. We do not have staff available for "walk-in" donation evaluations. If you have historically significant materials you would like to donate, please contact the Museum at 626.577.1660, ext. 12.



Research Library and Archives Hours & Admission

Thurs - Sun
1pm to 4pm
Located on the lower level of the History Center.
Admission: free

Free parking available in the Museum lot Free parking available in the museum lot
Wheelchair accessible Accessible via the elevator located across from Museum Store entrance
For more information:

Pasadena Museum of History
626.577.1660, ext. 13




470 West Walnut Street ~ Pasadena, CA 91103 ~ Ph 626.577.1660 ~ Fax 626.577.1662 ~