USC Pacific Asia Museum

Pasadena, CA

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Address: 46 N Los Robles Ave, Pasadena, CA 91101, USA How do we get there? Number: (626) 787-2680
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For those art loving families who love immersing themselves in culture, art and history, then the USC Pacific Asia Museum might just be your cup of tea.

Before you even enter the museum you are surrounded by art.  The building and garden reflect a northern Chinese architecture found nowhere else in the US.  It's almost regal.  Then once inside you can take in over 15,000 incredible works of art that tell a rich history of the people who once called Asia and the Pacific region home - from today all the way back to ancient times!

That's a pretty long story to tell!

As you walk around, really have  a look at the sculptures and the paintings.  What do you think was happening in the lives of the people in the painting at the time?  What do you think the statue means?

Art is filled with stories, emotions and history from those whose lives it has touched.  Imagine what those stories are.

Take a look at the colors, and the textures.  What else do you see in the paintings?

The museum is more than a place for you to sit back and admire art.  It has on-going programs and classes where you can really get into the world of art.  Learn the technique of Chinese Brush Painting, or enjoy learning the art of Chinese Calligraphy - a beautiful tradition in Asia. 

For something a bit more upbeat you might join the Hawaiian Music event where you can learn how to play the fun ukulele or guitar! 

Step back in time through art.

Activity location


To get to 46 North Los Robles Ave from the west, take CA-134 E and exit on Marengo Ave. Merge onto Corson St, then right onto Marenga, before taking a left on Colorado Blvd, then you will see Los Robles Ave on the left.

The museum parking lot is the first driveway past the museum.

If you are coming from the east, take CA-210 W and exit Lake Ave. Take a left from the off-ramp and take a right on Colorado Blvd. Take a right on Los Robles and then again the parking lot is on your right.

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How much does it cost?






Free under 11 years



Students / Seniors $7


Free Under

11 years old.


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USC Pacific Asia Museum FAQ’s

There is no food service available inside the museum, however the Paseo Colorado and several restaurants are with easy walking distance from the building.

Admission to USC Pacific Asia Museum is free to all visitors on the second Sunday of each month.

Clothes, books, jewelry and other art pieces are available from their gift shop.

The museum offers free school tours for students in grades 3 through 12. They will get a fascinating one hour docent-led tour of all the galleries, as well as the courtyard, and finally get hands-on in a workshop taught by a local artist. Minimum of 10 students.

All public spaces of the building and garden are accessible to visitors with mobility impairments and are wheelchair accessible.

Flash photography is not allowed in the museum as it might damage the art works. Remember some of it is quite old, and it's all very valuable!

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