History museums show us how people used to live: in history museums with all their possessions displayed under soft lighting. Intrude on the past with this Groupon.
Choose Between Two Options
- $15 for a docent-led I Do! I Do! Pasadena Ties the Knot Part I – 1850 to 1950 exhibit tour for two (up to a $30 value)
- $30 for a docent-led I Do! I Do! Pasadena Ties the Knot Part I – 1850 to 1950 exhibit tour for four (up to a $60 value)
During tours held on Thursday and Sunday, docents lead visitors through 100 years of local matrimony in part one of this two-part exhibit, which features interesting wedding-related history and more than 40 vintage dresses from 1850 to 1950. After the tour, visitors can choose to venture to Old Pasadena for afternoon tea at the Tea Rose Garden; tea is an additional $25, 20% of which is donated to the museum's education programs. Parking is free at the museum; 1.5 hours of free parking are available for restaurant patrons in the schoolhouse lot.
Though separate from this tour, Fenyes Mansion tours are also offered on weekends.
Pasadena Museum of History
Dr. Adalbert and Eva Fenyes’s 1906 Beaux-Arts mansion served as a haven and gathering place for local musicians, artists, writers, and scientists for decades. In 1970, in an effort to ensure this salon atmosphere would live on, their descendants transferred the family mansion, its gardens, and scores of original furnishings and artwork to the Pasadena Museum of History. Today, the more than 85-year-old museum fills the Fenyes Estate with tours, exhibits, and a range of events as part of its mission to preserve and display Pasadena's history and culture.
Docents lead tours through the rooms of the National and California Historic Landmark mansion, which once served as the Finnish Consulate. (Nearby, the Finnish Folk Art Museum resides in the estate’s former sauna and guesthouse.) The history experts also conduct regular spotlight tours of specific collections that embody local high-society life at the turn of the 20th century.
In the History Center Galleries, the staff curates rotating exhibits on local history. Outside, visitors can wander the verdant landscaped gardens that separate the History Center Galleries from the Finnish Folk Art Museum and prevent staff members from reaching each other with volleys of water balloons.