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USC Pacific Asia Museum, Pasadena

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USC Pacific Asia Museum is an Asian art museum located at 46 N. Los Robles Avenue, Pasadena, California, United States.

The museum was founded in 1971 by the Pacificulture Foundation, which purchased "The Grace Nicholson Treasure House of Oriental Art" from the City of Pasadena. Grace Nicholson donated the structure to the city for art and cultural purposes in 1943 and was a dealer in Native American and, later, Asian art and antiques. It houses some 15,000 rare and representative examples of art from throughout Asia and the Pacific Islands. In 2013, the museum became part of the University of Southern California. The building was temporarily closed beginning June 27, 2016 until December 2017 for a seismic retrofit and renovation. It has reopened as of December 8, 2017 with new operating hours.
The building, which is listed in the National Register of Historic Places, was built in 1926 and designed by the architectural firm of Marston, Van Pelt & Maybury. It is designed in the style of a Chinese imperial palace and features a central courtyard with a garden, a small pool, and decorative carvings.
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  • We went to see the special exhibit of artist Oscar Oiwa called Dreams of a Sleeping World, Very unusual installation with the art done in black and white inside a plastic bubble that you walk into.....  more
    We went to see the special exhibit of artist Oscar Oiwa called Dreams of a Sleeping World, Very unusual installation with the art done in black and white inside a plastic bubble that you walk into.....  more »
  • I was there for an unveiling of a special exhibit of artist Oscar Oiwa whose work surprised me with his contemporary: Dreams of a Sleeping World, A fun interesting work that I was not expecting to... 
    I was there for an unveiling of a special exhibit of artist Oscar Oiwa whose work surprised me with his contemporary: Dreams of a Sleeping World, A fun interesting work that I was not expecting to...  more »
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  • This place exceeded my expectations. From start to finish, I enjoyed the art, artifacts the entire exhibition. The pictures taken do this no justice as some of the artifacts are very detailed and you have to see it to believe it. If history is your thing, this is a good place to come get a fix. Recommend to all.
  • It is the best museum I have visited so far In Los Angeles county. However museum is small but you will learn something new. We appreciated the tea & Chinese woman clothes displayed. I would suggest to visit the museum when it is the free day. The staffs working are very friendly and welcoming.

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