There is something magical about a museum, whether you are a kid or a kid’s parents. They spark the curiosity in all of us. It’s as though a world of knowledge opens up every time you enter. Here are a few museums in the city of Pasadena, California that are worth your time.

If you have little ones, do not underestimate the awe the Kidspace Children’s Museum inspires. Nearly four acres of fascinating exhibits. As part of its daily programming, staff members provide exciting adventures like the Ant Hole Tour and the Outdoor Amphitheater Exploration. Ready for a Fossil Hunt? Not only that, but you can plan your child’s birthday party at the museum as well. This museum is chock full of great things to do – kids never believe it’s educational, too. Visit the Kidspace Children’s Museum website for more information.

The Pasadena Museum of History takes you on a journey to the past so that we can all better understand the present and plan for the future. This museum is unique because its focus is only on preserving the history and culture of our beautiful area. One of the more exciting things about the museum is its lectures and school tours by those whose authority is respected.

Fascinated with Pasadena’s Millionaire’s Row? Did you know you can tour the Fenyes Mansion? These tours are held Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Call the museum for more information on how you can join a tour.

We love the Pasadena Museum of California Art. This vibrant museum has some of the more interesting exhibitions to have ever graced a museum. Most recently, Los Angeles Magazine wrote, “PMCA has treated Los Angeles to works by California greats…and it is exactly that local pride that makes it such a nice place to visit. From its shows to its staff to its location, the museum is constantly seeking to get people excited and in-the-know about why our part of the world is so great.” It matters little if you’ve been to the museum a dozen times – there’s always something new to learn.

It is the museums in our communities that help us rise above mediocre and embrace the advances, the differences and the cultures in this life. If you have not visited a museum in Pasadena recently, now is a great time to do so. Always check with the museum first to ensure it’s open and remember that for some museums, their hours of operations change depending on the season.

A few more must-see museums:

Gamble House – this gem, located in Pasadena, touts inspiring architecture, both indoors and in the exterior of the house.

The Fenyes Mansion, as discussed earlier, is also a great way to learn more about the history of this area. The grounds are breathtaking and the mansion itself is made of fairy tale dreams.

The Mission San Gabriel Arcangel is a fully functional Roman Catholic museum. It is on the list of historic landmarks and offers insight and education on the Catholic Faith.