USC Pacific Asia Museum

Los Angeles, United States


  • 46 North Los Robles Avenue
  • Los Angeles
  • California
  • California 91101
  • United States


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For nearly a century, our unique building has served the local community as a wonder of art and culture, first as the treasured home of Grace Nicholson, then as the site of the Pasadena Art Museum, and now as our own USC Pacific Asia Museum. Through the years, Southern California has undergone dramatic social and economic development and we have participated in the intercultural dialogue among the changing demographic population in the region.

The time has come to strengthen our museum’s structure and foundation, and to upgrade it for future visitors. With support from USC, I have worked closely for nearly two years with architects, engineers, technology specialists, and consultants. We developed an ambitious plan to preserve our beloved building (seismic retrofitting, art storage upgrade, and security upgrade) and at the same time to bring it to the standards of a 21st Century museum.

During this temporary closure, we are continuing to offer a robust public program in Pasadena and beyond. We are presenting activities such as Conversations@PAM, Performances@PAM, and Authors on Asia. If you miss PAM’s art collection, please come to the USC Doheny Memorial Library, where we will present the exhibition China Trade: The Export of Chinese Ceramics in the Global Market in early 2017.

The temporary closure will strengthen our foundation and provide a safe and appropriate environment for future exhibitions and programs. We will update you on our activities and construction progress through our newsletter, website, and on social media. Your continuous support and participation during this special time will be the best acknowledgement of our efforts to engage the community through art and culture.