PASADENA, Calif. (August 22, 2017) – In honor of the 100th Rose Queen®, Pasadena Museum of History will present an exhibition celebrating the Pasadena Tournament of Roses Royal Court.

This unique exhibition will explore the traditions and history of the Royal Court, from the selection process to the Rose Queen Coronation, to riding on a float in the Rose Parade®.

Exquisite gowns of past Rose Queens and Princesses will be on display, from the sleek satin gowns of the 1940s, to the tulle confections of William Cahill in the 1950s and 60s, and the modern-day glamour of Tadashi Shoji, the elegance of the Royal Court will be celebrated.

Vivid photos and ephemera documenting this century-long Pasadena tradition will enhance the exhibit, as well as daywear, accessories, and jewelry from the Court wardrobes, generously on loan from former members of the Royal Court. 

Special highlights include Queen’s crowns from the past century, on loan from the Tournament of Roses, and the gown of 1940 Rose Queen Margaret Huntley Main, the oldest living Rose Queen.

Royals of Pasadena will be on view from September 2, 2017 through February 11, 2018. The exhibitions galleries will be open 12:00 to 5:00 p.m. Wednesdays through Saturdays. Please check the PMH website at for information about exhibit-related programs and special holiday hours.

Admission is $7 General; $6 Students and Seniors; Free for Museum Members and Children under 12. Free parking is available in the Museum lot and on Walnut Street. Pasadena Museum of History is located at 470 W. Walnut St., Pasadena 91103. Phone: 626.577.1660.

Thank you to exhibit Signature Sponsor: Pasadena Tournament of Roses® with generous support provided by: French Hand Laundry; McGregor Shott, Inc.; Sharp Seating Company; and Mike Sumner Painting.


About Pasadena Museum of History

Pasadena Museum of History is the only museum and research library dedicated solely to preserving and sharing the history, art, and culture of Pasadena and the west San Gabriel Valley. PMH offers the public changing exhibitions, events and lectures, docent-led tours, school tours, and free access to the Research Library & Archives. The Museum’s two-acre campus includes the Fenyes Mansion, the Finnish Folk Art Museum, the Curtin House, the Estate Gardens, and the History Center. The History Center houses the Museum Store, exhibit galleries, and the Research Library and Archives.  Tours and hours of operation vary. Please visit for complete information.

 Press Contact: Jeannette Bovard, Pasadena Museum of History

626.710.8639 | 626.577.1660 ext. 11


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