2018 past exhibitions

The first exhibition of the year, Royals of Pasadena: Rose Queen® and Royal Court, spotlighted one of Pasadena Tournament of Roses' long-standing traditions. It was followed by Dreaming the Universe, which explored the intersection of science and science fiction.

Dreaming the Universe:
The Intersection of Science, Fiction, & Southern California

NBCUniversal Battlestar Galactica

March 3 through September 2, 2018

Dreaming the Universe explored the history of science fiction in Southern California from the 1930s to the 1980s, and how it interacted with the advances of science, the changes in technology, and shifts in American society. Curated by Nick Smith, former president of Los Angeles Science Fantasy Society, the exhibition brought together an unusual range of artifacts, fine and graphic arts, books, ephemera, and photographs.

Check out the blogs written by curator Nick Smith for content related to the exhibition: https://dev.pasadenahistory.org/category/science-fiction-in-southern-california/

This project was made possible with support from California Humanities, a non-profit partner of the National Endowment for the Humanities. Visit www.calhum.org.


Royals of Pasadena:
 Rose Queen® and Royal Court

Tournament of Roses royal crown

September 2, 2017 through February 11, 2018
In honor of the inauguration of the 100th Rose Queen®, PMH presented an exhibition celebrating the Pasadena Tournament of Roses® Royal Court. Exquisite Coronation gowns of past Rose Queens and Princesses were on display, as well as daywear, accessories, and jewelry from the Court wardrobes. A special highlight was Queen’s crowns from the past century, on loan from the Tournament of Roses.
Thank you to our generous Signature Sponsor: Pasadena Tournament of Roses®

Images: Galactica Landing Bay. Battlestar Galactica, 1978. Matte painting. Loan courtesy of NBCUniversal Archives & Collections; Rose Queen® crown, 1993-2004, loan courtesy of The Pasadena Tournament of Roses®