About the PMCA

The mission of the Pasadena Museum of California Art (PMCA) is to present the breadth of California art and design through exhibitions that explore the cultural dynamics and influences that are unique to California. Informed by the state’s rich mixture of cultures and inspired by its impressive geography, California art has long been defined by a spirit of freedom and experimentation. PMCA exhibitions and educational programs explore the ways California’s distinct perspectives and customs have shaped and defined art in all media.

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Please note that due to the Amgen Tour of California Cycling Race, there will be road closures on Saturday, May 20 from 1:15pm-1:45pm in the area surrounding our Museum. Please check the race’s site here for full details. We apologize for any inconvenience!

Public Transportation


To take the Metro Gold Line to Memorial Park Station, go south on Arroyo Parkway, then head east on Union St. for five blocks. The PMCA is located on the south side of Union St., just before Oakland Ave.

Go Metro and save $2 on general admission! For more details, click here.

Metro provides Bus and Rail transportation to Memorial Park Station till 2am on Fridays and Saturdays. For your best route or more info, visit the Metro Trip Planner or call (323) GO-METRO or (323) 466-3876.


The PMCA is wheelchair accessible, and a wheelchair is available for use on the premises.

Docent Tours and Group Rates

The PMCA offers Spotlight Talks on the second Saturday of each month (2pm; free with admission). Docents lead engaging and insightful 20–minute discussions about works of art currently on view in our Main and South Galleries. Spotlight Talks meet near the exhibition title wall, and are presented as part of our PMCA 1234 monthly programming.

Docent tours are available Wednesday–Friday, 12–5pm, to private groups for a fee of $75. A non-refundable deposit of $40 is due two weeks prior to the scheduled date. Self-guided tours for K12 students are offered for free. We regret that we are unable to accommodate docent tours for groups larger than 35 people. Before requesting a tour, please check the calendar to see which exhibitions will be on view during your visit.

A discounted group rate of $3 per person is available for groups of 20 or more (K12 student groups are free). Please call to notify us at least one week in advance for these special admission rates.

For any questions or to make reservations for a tour/group rate, please call our Bookstore and Membership Associate, Aya Lehman, at (626) 568-3665 x14 or email alehman[at]pmcaonline[dot]org.

Things to Know

• Food and drink are not permitted in the galleries.
• Pets are not permitted in the galleries with the exception of service animals.
• The third floor is no longer available for events. We apologize for any inconvenience.

Photography/Video Policy

As a non-collecting institution, the PMCA generally does not allow photography in the galleries. Please make note of photography signage within the Museum.

The PMCA may photograph, film, or videotape visitors for educational and promotional purposes. Attendance on Museum property is implied consent for the use of the visitor’s likeness, voice, or video image for marketing purposes. All rights to photographs and video footage belong to the Museum.

Pasadena Museum of California Art

490 E Union Street
Pasadena, CA 91101