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Pasadena's many offerings can enrich the mind, wardrobe

20 Jun 2013 10:26 AM
Pasadena's many offerings can enrich the mind, wardrobe

Every New Year's Day, the city of Pasadena plays host to the Tournament of Roses Parade, and a subsequent collegiate football game is hosted at the historic Rose Bowl. However, while these annual events can be exciting and attract swarms of tourists, there are also plenty of enriching activities that owners of Pasadena real estate can enjoy year-round. 

The area is known for its beauty, but also its many cultural institutions and upscale retail offerings, which make it the perfect place to live for those who enjoy expanding their horizons - and wardrobes. Whether you live in this area of Los Angeles County, or are planning a visit in the near future, you may want to make sure and visit the following locations:

Norton Simon Museum
Having taken over the Pasadena Museum of Art in the early 1970s, this refined repository now houses unique sculptures from Southern Asia, as well as European paintings and tapestries, an expansive collection of contemporary art and a sprawling sculpture garden. Every year, around four exhibitions - including one masterpiece loan - are curated and featured in the museum's two main viewing areas. While not always on display, the institution houses the collection of 12,000 items amassed by the industrialist Norton Simon during his overseas travels.

Pasadena Museum of California Art
This is the premier place to go if you're interested in viewing the sophisticated works completed by Golden State residents. Its exhibitions change regularly, offering visitors the chance to enjoy a variety of works of California art, architecture and design spanning from 1850 to present day. Founded by Robert and Arlene Oltman in the late 1990s, the museum was opened to the public in June 2002.

Williamson Gallery
Located at the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, this showroom often features the work of up-and-coming artists studying at the school. This can be a great place to get an idea of where the local art scene may be headed - and pick up a few originals while they're still relatively low-priced.

Old Town Pasadena
Spanning 21 blocks of downtown Pasadena, this district is rife with high-end retailers and gourmet restaurants, as well as acclaimed nightclubs. If you're looking to update your fashion sense, this is the place to do it. Spending an afternoon touring Old Town Pasadena will find you tasting bold flavors and browsing couture offerings while immersed in historic architecture.