Comfort Inn Near Pasadena Civic Auditorium
2462 E. Colorado Blvd.
Pasadena, CA 91107
Phone: (626) 405-0811
Fax: (626) 796-0966
Arts & Museums
The Huntington, the former home of a railroad tycoon, is many things—an extensive library filled with rare books, a large art collection containing numerous European prints and paintings, botanical gardens of almost unmatched splendor and a forum for regular lectures and other activities. You will also find a fine bookstore, cafe and tea room on the grounds. Come and wander through the 150 acres of colorful gardens, lily ponds and beautiful sculptures. The rare books and manuscripts in the library include some of the earliest editions of Shakespeare's works, a copy of the Gutenberg Bible on vellum and the Ellesmere manuscript of one or more of Chaucer's greatest works.
Founded in 1904, this world class astronomical research facility sits high atop Pasadena and it is home to the 100 foot Hooker Telescope, as well as the world's most powerful optical telescope array.
The Bunny Museum is considered to be one of the cutest and weirdest museums in the world by all its visitors. The museum also holds a Guinness World Record for housing the 'largest number of bunny related products in the world'. What is today a museum, started off as a tradition between Candace Frazee and Steve Lubanski to gift bunny goodies to one another. Everything from lawn designs and soft toys to several other products, the museum has managed a collection of over 2600 bunny items. If this isn't enough, both Frazee and Lubanski plan on increasing this collection ten-fold in the coming years.
In business since the 1920s, Poulsen Galleries has been managed by the same family for four generations now. They have an interesting collection of European and American paintings, some of which date back to the 19th century. You can also browse through some of their vintage prints and engravings. On offer are also, estate appraisals and their services for cleaning and restoration of old paintings. This friendly gallery is definitely a good hang-out option for aspiring artists and art collectors.
This museum is dedicated to preserving and educating people about the different facets of Californian art. The rich and impressive collection of this museum allures all kinds of art enthusiasts. Paintings, architecture and design, and photographs sourced from 1850 onwards are exhibited here. Come by to explore and learn about the various unique characteristics. Entry is free on the first Friday of every month. A bookstore on-site offers a broad collection of books and other gift articles. Check the website to know more about the current exhibitions. Parking is available on the premises.
Designed as a replica of an imperial Chinese palace, the Pacific Asia Museum is a veritable treasure trove of artifacts from Pacific Asian countries, such as Japan and China. Established in 1971, the museum's 17,000 pieces have been donated by Pasadena art collector Grace Nicholson, who passed away in 1948. Her love of art has been translated in to this museum that features the best of Asian art, sculptures and ceramics, which date back to the Han and Ming dynasties. Make sure you drop into the courtyard garden, which has been designed to look exactly like a Chinese garden.
This Old Pasadena gallery is as quirky as its name. Flower Pepper Gallery not only features contemporary art, but you can also shop for eclectic art and design books, crafts and artisanal fashion accessories. Showcasing work by local and international artists, Flower Pepper will surely charm you with its eclectic collection.
This is certainly one of the more unique art galleries in Southern California. In addition to hosting many excellent exhibitions each year, it offers a bevy of truly interactive activities. Shows present artists at every level, including professionals, amateurs and especially students. Friday nights are particularly exciting, featuring lectures, artist appearances and other presentations. A recent exhibition entitled 'PROS & PROteges' examined how some local artists have impacted the creative lives of their pupils. The center also offers classes and studios to the public.
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.
Nestled in the historic landmark, 18-room Fenyes Estate that was built in 1905, this museum features the original furnishings and paintings in the house plus it contains the Finnish Folk Art Museum, Research Library, and History Center galleries.
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.
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.