Please Note: I am hosting this event for both Gay Foodies and Pleasure Palate. I might arrive a little late to this event because I am hosting an event before this one. When you arrive at the Alf Museum, call/text me at:[masked]
We will be visiting 5 museums in a row, most of them are FREE but Alf Museum does charge an admission fee of $6 per person.
First Stop: Alf Museum
Admission to the Alf Museum is $6 per person.
The Hall of Life traces the history of life on earth through exhibits spanning the first cells through human civilization. Newly-renovated in 2011, a few highlights include:
- Some of the oldest known single-celled and multicellular organisms
- Beautifully preserved invertebrates, including trilobites and crinoids
- Dinosaur skulls and skeletons, including the horned Centrosaurus, the fierce predators Tyrannosaurus and Allosaurus, and duck-billed dinosaurs
- Dinosaur eggs
- A giant fossil alligator skull from the Amazon
- A large collection of fossil mammals from North America, including saber toothed cats, titanotheres, and three-toed horses
The Hall of Footprints is the largest, most diverse collection of animal footprints on display in North America. Renovated in 2002, the Hall of Footprints includes many informative and interactive exhibits, including a children’s activity area. It is one of the most spectacular fossil footprint displays in the world. Notable highlights include:
- The oldest fossil elephant (proboscidean) footprints from North America
- Tracks of the giant bear-dog, Amphicyon, with a mounted skeletal cast
- Rare footprints from extinct spiders and scorpions
- Dinosaur footprints and more!
Second stop is Pomona College Museum of Art: 333 N. College Avenue Claremont
The museum is on the northeast corner of College and Bonita. The public entrance is on the north side of the museum, in the courtyard surrounded by Bridges Hall of Music (Little Bridges), Thatcher Hall, and Rembrandt Hall.
The fine art collections of Pomona College are housed in the Pomona College Museum of Art, at the Montgomery Art Center, which was inaugurated in 1958 and named for the late Gladys K. Montgomery, Pomona trustee and Los Angeles civic leader. Among important holdings are the Kress Collection of 15th- and 16th-century Italian panel paintings; over 5,000 examples of Pre-Columbian to 20th-century American Indian art and artifacts, including basketry, ceramics, and beadwork; and a large collection of American and European prints, drawings, and photographs. In addition to serving as the basis for exhibitions, the collections, which are always available for individual study and research, are frequently used for classes.
The Pomona College Museum of Art also is the site of an active program of temporary exhibitions throughout the academic year. These include regular faculty and student shows, as well as historical and contemporary exhibitions designed to complement the College's curricula and to expose students to as wide a variety of works of art as possible. All exhibitions open with public receptions and include lectures and related programs for the College community.
Pomona College Museum of Art exhibits: http://www.pomona.edu/museum/exhibitions/
The 3rd Stop is The Williamson Gallery
1030 Columbia Avenue
The mission of the Ruth Chandler Williamson Gallery is to serve as an important teaching instrument and visual resource in the education of Scripps women. The main purpose of the Gallery is to acquire, preserve, catalogue, research, and exhibit works of art in Scripps College’s collection. The Gallery makes use of this collection, and, occasionally, works loaned from other institutions, to present exhibitions that enhance the Scripps curriculum in the arts and humanities.
Art exhibitions have long been an integral part of the art program at Scripps. In the late 1930s, Millard Sheets, the head of the art department, began a program of art exhibitions in Lang Art Gallery, including the Ceramic Annual exhibition, which has become the longest running exhibition of contemporary ceramics in the United States.
In 1993, a new Ruth Chandler Williamson Gallery opened, designed by architects Anshen and Allen, at 11th and Columbia streets. The gallery continues to present a rich array of historical and contemporary, Asian, European, and American art. Four exhibitions annually include changing shows, as well as the “Ceramic Annual” and “Senior Exhibition,” which appear each spring.
Current exhibit at the Ruth Chandler Gallery: http://rcwg.scrippscollege.edu/exhibitions/current/denatured-nature-scripps-college-69th-ceramic-annual-january-26-april-7-2013
The 4th Stop is the Folk Music Center: 220 Yale Avenue, Claremont CA 91711
On August 12, 1958, Charles and Dorothy Chase opened the Folk Music Center in Claremont. Two months later the Claremont Courier ran photos and a story on the first international instrument show.
In 1961, Dorothy and Charles opened the Golden Ring, a music cafe (coffee house)
in Claremont. It was one of the earliest venues for folk music in the Southern California area, bringing such greats to Claremont as the Reverend Gary Davis, Brownie McGee and Sonny Terry, Doc Watson, Jean Ritchie, Hedy West, John Fahey, the New Lost City Ramblers, Kris Kristofferson, and Guy and Candy Carawan.
In 1976, the Folk Music Center Museum was incorporated as a non-profit educational,
cultural corporation. The non-profit has auspices over:
- The museum instrument collection
- Field trips and tours
- A musical instrument loan program to schools
- Exhibits and displays for libraries, schools, and other museums
- Assistance and support for musical instrument making at the high school
and college level for music, culture, engineering, and physics projects
- Open mic
- The Claremont Folk Festival
The Folk Music Center Museum has hundreds of rare and antique
musical instruments and artifacts of cultures from around the
world. The museum provides many services to the community, including:
- A musical instrument loan program to schools
- Field trips and tours
- Exhibits and displays for libraries, schools and other
The museum was opened in 1976 as a non-profit educational, cultural corporation. The first museum collection was a Stauffer guitar
and a Stauffer Theorbo, both dating back to the 1880′s, that Charles
and Dorothy found in a second hand store for five dollars.
More information on the Folk Music Center Museum: http://folkmusiccenter.com/history/
Fifth and Final Stop: Petterson Museum of Intercultural Art at 730 Plymouth Road, Claremont, CA 91711
The Museum is located on the beautiful 34-acre grounds of Pilgrim Place, a cultural and religious community founded in 1915 for retired church workers. Residents come from service in nearly every state and 47 countries.
Over the years an extensive collection of international arts and crafts were brought to Pilgrim Place by retiring missionaries, pastors and other donors. In 1968 interested Claremont citizens organized the "Friends" dedicated to preserving and exhibiting these treasures-recognized in the 1980s as a community asset in need of a permanent location. With the combined efforts of the Friends, residents and the support of noted local artists including Richard and Alice Petterson, the dream of an intercultural arts center was realized with the opening of the main gallery in 1986.
Today with three galleries, the Louise Emery Library and a curator, the Petterson Museum contains a significant representation of fine international and folk art covering many centuries of human history.
More information on the Petterson Museum: http://www.pilgrimplace.org/museum_upcoming.php