Readers, did you know you can explore old photos of Pasadena at the Pasadena History Museum? That’s right, downstairs in their basement, you can sort through (while wearing gloves, mind you) archives of what Old Pasadena once looked like. Maps, building sites, and an estimated one million images of Pasadena and its surrounding areas.
Images are broken up into sections:
The main photo collection includes tens of thousands of loose photographs of Pasadena places and people.
The Pasadena Star-News photo collection includes all their images from the 1970s to the 1990s.
The Pasadena City Schools collection includes hundreds of images from the 1950s through the 1970s.
And collections of local photographers Emil P. Groetzinger and sons and J. Allen Hawkins, both who worked in the early 1900s.
Perusing these collections gives you a sense of Pasadena’s history and how far this little big city has come. From images of old store fronts and facades to photos of the past Rose Parades, the archive collection offers those who just moved into Pasadena and those who’ve lived here for years, a snapshot of Pasadena’s past.
The Pasadena History Museum is located at 470 W. Walnut Street, Pasadena 91103.
Open Wednesday through Sunday | Noon to 5PM
Every fourth Thursday of the month, the museum closes at 4PM