Comfort Inn Near Old Town Pasadena
2300 Colorado Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90041
Phone: (323) 256-1199
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Arts & Museums
Robert T. Moore's love for bird species can be experienced by visitors at the Moore Laboratory of Zoology. Housing easily one of the largest specimen collections of bird and mammal species, this laboratory was built by Moore himself. Moore gave his collections to be displayed at Occidental College, which displays 64,121 specimens, a number that is sure to grow in the coming years. One of the biggest natural history collections in the world, Moore Laboratory of Zoology's exhibits a wide range of exotic bird specimens that are a must see for today's ornithologists.
Nestled in the neighborhood of Highland Park, the Public Fiction is an art venue. This studio takes the off beat path and focuses on experimental art; it encourages amateur artists to display their work here. Apart from that, it also hosts fun gigs like dance parties, film screenings, karaoke sessions and live music concerts. For more details, check website.
Known as the city's oldest surviving police station, the Highland Park Police Station is a great place where a number of big cases were handled. Currently the structure is a Los Angeles Police Museum that features uniforms, badges, squad cars, bullets, original jails, etc. The museum is accessible to the public from Monday through Fridays 10a to 4p and also third Saturdays of each month from 9a to 3p.
This gallery, nestled within Pasadena's esteemed Art Center College of Design, features both student and visiting artists. Fitting with the excellent work found inside, the gallery itself was created by the architectural firm of Frederick Fisher and Partners. Annual shows include a student exhibition shown all throughout the academic year, and other rotating student and faculty shows. A recent intriguing and educational show featured the printmaking of Kenneth Tyler, who has produced prints of legendary artists including Albers, Hockney, Johns, La Noue, Lichtenstein, Joan Mitchell, Motherwell, Salle, Sorman and Stella.
Specializing in stained glass work, the Judson Studio is situated in the Highland Park Section, Los Angeles. The studio was founded in the 1890s by William Lees Judson along with his three sons. It has composed, invented and installed various shapes of architectural glass. The studio stands as one of the most distinguished experts in the said field. It is host to various events that tend to enhance the practical knowledge of the art. Special hour-long tours are offered weekly.
The Southwest Museum is the country's foremost center to come and see the history and art of the American Indian, stemming from Alaska to South America. The exhibitions display art and installations, such as teepees and traditional costumes. You can even get cultural information regarding the American Indian and there are a host of Hispanic, Latino and Spanish artifacts. The main focus is on the indigenous cultures of Mesoamerica and the West of America. The museum also has an annual Navajo Rug auction, which is worth checking out.
Located near Old Town Pasadena, this children's museum features interactive learning at its best. Exhibits range from an interactive tree house to demonstrate an example of a living ecosystem to a kid-sized television studio, complete with cameras, weather map and an anchor's desk. Other exhibits include a kids' mini-mart, a computer-friendly mouse house and an art gallery for kids. Kidspace also features regular programs and seminars aimed at strengthening relationships between parents and children.
The Pasadena Museum of History is one of the area's best-kept secrets for history buffs. Formerly, home to the Finnish consulate, this 18-room museum features American paintings as well as 15th and 16th century European antiques. The section that focuses on historical Pasadena is located in the basement, where old photographs and other memorabilia can be found. Guided mansion tours are offered.
This replica of a 17th century Finnish smokehouse was erected on the grounds of the Feynes Mansion, once the home of the Finnish Consulate. At the consulate, Y.A. Paloheimo gathered an impressive collection of antiquities from his homeland, many of which are on display here. The visiting hours are very limited, so be sure to carefully plan a trip here. Still, it is most definitely worth the effort. The admission price for Finnish Folk Art Museum includes entry to the Pasadena Historical Museum located in the adjacent Feynes Mansion.
Endowed by industrialist, financier and philanthropist Norton Simon (1907-1993), the Norton Simon Museum that bears his name is an extraordinary window into art and antiquities. This museum houses the single largest collection of art assembled by one man. Here you will find art spanning seven centuries and exhibited both in the galleries and in the charming gardens. Simon collected 2,000 years worth of Hindu art, as well as works from Tibet, Nepal and Cambodia. In addition, there are works by Rembrandt, Rubens, Goya, Botticelli, Renoir, Van Gogh and many more. The bookstore has an outstanding collection of art books. See their website for further details.
The Heritage Square Museum is a kind of preserve for Los Angeles' endangered buildings, the chronology of homes and history that is found in this outdoor museum spans from 1865 to 1914. Since then, four major structures have been moved to the site, including the Hale House, the Octagon House, the Knudsen House and the Lincoln Avenue Methodist Church. Call ahead or check the website for visiting hours.
This museum, founded in 1924, is certainly one of Southern California's forgotten gems. The collection here contains a wealth of Middle Eastern artifacts, some of which are more than 2,000 years old. Collected by explorer Antonio F. Futterer during his years abroad, some of the smaller items here include lamps, bottles and coins. The impressive mummy casket dates 600 years before the birth of Christ. Today, Holyland Exhibition can be visited only by appointment for a small fee, which covers a tour and refreshments. Disabled access is limited to the ground floor.