DIY Tours

Looking to explore Pasadena and the surrounding area. Here are some suggestions that you can book on your own.

The Gamble House

The Gamble House, near Old Town Pasadena, is an outstanding example of American Arts and Crafts style architecture. The house and furnishings were designed by architects Charles and Henry Greene in 1908 for David and Mary Gamble of the Procter & Gamble Company.  The house is open Tuesday-Sunday for guided tours and tickets are $10-15.  It is located 1.5 miles from the Pasadena Convention Center.

Visit their website for more information: The Gamble House

Fenyes Mansion

With its original furnishings and art collection, the Fenyes Mansion offers a unique glimpse into life on Pasadena’s Millionaire’s Row. Family heirlooms and a unique California plein air art collection enhance the Beaux Arts-style home of Dr. Adalbert and Eva Fenyes. Visitors can experience the Mansion by taking an hour-long docent-led tour, which also includes the Finnish Folk Art Museum.  Tours are available Friday, Saturday, and Sunday and space if limited so advance ticket purchase is recommended.  The Fenyes Mansion is 1.4 miles from the Pasadena Convention Center.

Visit their website for more information: Fenyes Mansion Tours

Norton Simon Museum

The Norton Simon Museum  is known around the world as one of the most remarkable private art collections ever assembled. Over a thirty-year period industrialist Norton Simon (1907–1993) amassed an astonishing collection of European art from the Renaissance to the 20th century and a stellar collection of South and Southeast Asian art spanning 2,000 years.  The museum is open Wednesday through Monday and admission is $9-12.  It is located 1 mile from the Pasadena Convention Center.

Visit their website for more information: Norton Simon Museum

Pacific Asia Museum

The Pacific Asia Museum is an Asian art museum with some 15,000 rare and representative examples of art from throughout Asia and the Pacific Islands.  The museum building was built in 1926 and is designed in the style of a Chinese imperial palace around a central courtyard.  The museum is located 1/3 mile from the Pasadena Convention Center.

Visit their website for more information:  Pacific Asia Museum

Pasadena Museum of California Art (PMCA)

PMCA exhibitions explore the ways California’s distinct perspectives and customs have shaped and defined art in all media.   Admission is $5-7.  The PMCA is located 1/3 mile from the Pasadena Convention Center.

Visit their website for more information:  Pasadena Museum of California Art

Bunny Museum

The Bunny Museum is a world record-holding museum dedicated to rabbits that was opened to the public in 1998, located in Altadena, California, US. The museum currently holds more than 33,000 bunny-related items.  The museum is open every day and admission is $8.  It is located 3.5 miles from the Pasadena Convention Center.

Visit their website for more information: Bunny Museum

If you are looking for organized tours, please visit our Optional Paid Tour Page

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