The Mission of the Pasadena Museum of History is to promote an appreciation of history, culture, arts, and sciences relevant to Pasadena and adjoining communities. The Museum’s extensive artifact collection includes textiles, ceramics, furnishings, and other three-dimensional materials, while its top-notch art collection includes paintings from well-known plein air painters such as Benjamin Chambers Brown, Richard E. Miller, and Carl Oscar Borg. Spanning the years 1834 to the present, this is the largest and most comprehensive collection relating to the history of the west San Gabriel Valley.
The Pasadena Museum of History's digital collection at California Revealed consists of moving images and audio recordings from the 1980s. The collection includes many oral history interviews with African American residents of Pasadena. Subjects include the founding of the the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) chapter in Pasadena.