USC Pacific Asia Museum

Established in 1971, the museum is one of few U.S. institutions dedicated to the arts and culture of Asia and the Pacific Islands, serving the city of Los Angeles and the Greater Southern California region. The museum’s mission is to further intercultural understanding through the arts of Asia and the Pacific Islands.

The museum’s historic building has served as a center for art, culture and learning in Pasadena since its construction in 1924 by pioneering collector and entrepreneur Grace Nicholson (1877-1948) as her residence, galleries, and Treasure House/emporium. Ms. Nicholson’s championing of Asian art early in the century set the tone for much of the Pasadena community’s arts-related activities during the ensuing decades. The building also served as the site of the Pasadena Art Museum, which was renowned for its groundbreaking exhibitions of contemporary art. Pacific Asia Museum combined the spirits of both its predecessors in its focus on the classic and contemporary arts of Asia and the Pacific Islands. In 2013, University of Southern California partnered with the museum to form USC Pacific Asia Museum. The affiliation broadened the community that benefits from the museum’s role as a vital resource for education and cultural heritage, and expanded the audience interested in a dialogue about art, history and culture.

Support from the museum’s constituent communities has enabled the collection to grow to more than 15,000 objects, spanning more than four thousand years and the region extending from Persia to the Pacific Islands. The museum fulfills its mission by organizing and presenting exhibitions, performances, lectures, classes, workshops, and festivals, all drawing on the arts and cultures of Asia and the Pacific Islands. These programs provide quality arts programming and education to children and families, ensuring greater access to the arts for area residents and nurturing new audiences.

In its brief history, the museum has organized and presented a number of groundbreaking exhibitions, including the first North American exhibitions of contemporary Chinese art after the Revolution and the first exhibition of Aboriginal art in the United States. Exhibitions originated by the museum have traveled across the country and to Japan. The museum is also committed to scholarship and has produced more than 50 exhibition catalogues.

46 N Los Robles Ave, Pasadena, California 91101

Place Type

Other

Phone

(626) 787-2680

Hours

Wednesday - Sunday: 11-5PM Thursdays: 5-8PM Closed on Mondays and Tuesdays

Website

pacificasiamuseum.usc.edu

Twitter

@@USCPAM

Upcoming Events

CANCELLED: Free 2nd Sunday

We are committed to doing our part to help protect our staff, visitors, and volunteers, therefore we are complying with the University of Southern...

4/12 11am
CANCELLED: Educator Night@PAM

K-12 educators are invited to a special evening at the museum featuring hands-on activities and gallery conversations. Explore the exhibition We Are Here:...

4/16 4:30pm
Artist Gallery Talks

Join exhibited artists from We Are Here: Contemporary Art and Asian Voices in LA as they discuss their work in an informal and intimate gallery talk series....

4/18 2:30pm
Free 3rd Sunday*: Celebrating Immigrants' Stories

Join us in celebrating the stories of immigrants from around the world in this special Free 3rd Sunday! Participate in a collaborative artmaking workshop,...

4/19 11am
Workshop@PAM: Bojagi

Join exhibited artist Ahree Lee in creating a new, collaborative artwork celebrating and visualizing community. Inspired by the bojagi, a traditional Korean...

5/7 7pm

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