In 1877, John Muir wrote to a friend…”There is nothing more remarkable in the character of the colony (Pasadena) than the literary and scientific taste displayed.” The same can be said today as Pasadena has become a community rich in diversity, with a strong and vital economy. IT is home to an incredible array of historical, cultural and recreational resources, including museums, theaters, antique and art galleries, arts and entertainment venues and sports facilities of all types.
Robinson Memorial Park honors the historic accomplishments of Pasadena brothers Mack and Jackie Robinson with two nine-foot bronze portraiture sculptures, located on the West Side of Garfield Avenue across from City Hall.
The Huntington Library, Art Gallery and Botanical Gardens is comprised of three separate entities; the library with its collection of rare and historic books that includes a Guttenburg Bible; the Huntington Art Gallery devoted primarily to British and French art of the 18th and 19th centuries, including Gainsborough’s Blue Boy; and 100 acres of botanical gardens including Japanese and Rose gardens. There is a restaurant on the premises serving lunch and afternoon tea. The Huntington, now a world famous research, education and cultural center, was originally the home of railroad tycoon Henry Huntington and is located at 1151 Oxford Road in San Marino. For house and information, call (626) 405-2100.
The Armory Center for the Arts offers exhibitions, performances and art workshops for children and adults. The center is another example of adaptive reuse because it is located in the former National Guard Armory, which was built in 1932, at 145 North Raymond Avenue. For hours and information, call (626) 792-5101.
The Pasadena Museum of History was founded in 1924 as the Pasadena Historical Society. It is Pasadena’s only Museum and Research Library devoted solely to preserving local history and culture. Its archival collection consists of over 1,000,000 historic photographs, rare books, manuscripts, maps, architectural records, paintings, costumes and artifacts relating to the rich history of the area. The museum is located at 470 West Walnut Street. For hours and information, call (626) 577-1660.
Kidspace Children’s Museum is a participatory museum, designed to stimulate curiosity and make learning an enjoyable experience. This large new facility is located 480 North Arroyo Boulevard in Brookside Park, For house and information, call (626) 449-9144.
Even though it is not a museum, The Pasadena Playhouse can be an attraction for youths and older generations alike. They host different kind of plays that suit all ages. The major upcoming event is a Vanities – A Musical which is written by Jack Heifner and lyrics by David Kirschenbaum and has Anneliese Van Der Pol, Lauren Kennedy and Sarah Stiles as the three main actresses. For more information, call (626) 792-6142.