4 Reasons Pasadena is an Art Hub

  • Colette Dornblum
  • 08/30/21

One of the West Coast’s most vibrant and exciting art scenes can be found just about ten miles from the heart of Los Angeles—Pasadena is a stunningly creative city that you’ll love to visit! Read on to learn more about why Pasadena is such a fantastic art hub, and you may even be inspired to search for your next luxury home in this incredible city.

Colorful Street Murals

Just strolling through the streets of Pasadena, you’ll be confronted with some truly breathtaking works of art. The city’s website explains that “art is embedded in Pasadena’s DNA,” and as you view sights like the bright Keith Haring mural across from Fogg Library or the dreamy floral Mark Venaglia mural on East Cordova Street, you’ll see how this is true.

The Huntington Library—So Much More Than Just Books

Over 750,000 visitors flock to The Huntington each year, taking in amazing art exhibits and walking through the botanical gardens. This is an incredible day trip for anyone in the Pasadena area—walk through the sixteen themed gardens that span 120 acres, indulge in tea at the Rose Garden Tea Room, and of course, enjoy the beautiful art featured in The Huntington’s famous galleries. A wide variety of American and European art pieces are on display, including paintings, sculptures, photographs, and prints. 

World-Class Art Galleries

In addition to The Huntington, you’ll find countless art galleries in Pasadena just waiting to be explored. Stop by the Norton Simon Museum, which is famous for its exclusive private art collection that has been amassed over three decades by industrialist Norton Simon. Here, you’ll find European art dating back to the Renaissance era, as well as Southeast Asian works that span over two thousand years. Also worth a visit is the Peekaboo Gallery, a “pop culture time machine” that features collections of awesome antiques and memorabilia.

Fantastic and Unique Architecture

It’s not just the high concentration of art galleries that make Pasadena such an art hub -- the city is also known for its incredible local architecture, which can be viewed simply by strolling along the streets. Get a more in-depth look by touring the Gamble House, a designated National Historic Landmark designed back in 1908 for David and Mary Gamble of the Procter & Gamble Company. The home is a great example of the iconic American Arts and Crafts style of architecture; now owned by the city of Pasadena, the University of Southern California operates docent-led tours for the public to enjoy.



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