On Tuesdays, when most cultural institutions are closed, The Gamble House in Pasadena is open for lunch-time tours.
Whether you work in, live in, or are visiting Pasadena, re-design your Tuesday lunch break by visiting The Gamble House. Great for lunch with your family, group of colleagues, or a tour group any time of year, your ticket includes:
- A 20-minute docent-led tour
- Seating on the rear lawn and terrace from 11:30am to 1:30pm
- Bring your own lunch
What Is Not Included?
- Do I have to purchase tickets in advance?
- Advance purchase is not required but highly recommended as space is limited per tour and tours often sell out. Therefore we suggest purchasing your tickets early to guarantee your desired tour day and time. You can buy your tickets either online or by phone with a Visa, MasterCard or American Express. Walk-ins are also welcome if space is available.
- Why are ticket prices different for purchasing in advance?
- Purchasing your tickets in advance guarantees your spot on your desired tour day and time.
- Are longer and more detailed tours available?
- Yes, in addition to our mini tours we also offer a standard 1-hour tour and a number of extended specialty tours. Please be sure to check our "Calendar of Other Activities" for the exact tour schedule on the day of your visit. Note that guests who take the mini-tour can use their tickets to get a discount on our 1-hour tour at a later date.
- Are there any age limits? Can we bring our kids?
- Yes, children can attend the tour, however, please note that younger children may not fully understand the content and get much out of it. As parents, you should use your best judgement as to whether your child will enjoy the tour. Children 12 years old and under can come for free but must be accompanied by an adult.
- What about bad weather?
- Tours take place rain or shine as the guided tours take place inside the house. On the rare rainy Southern California afternoon, guests are welcome to enjoy their picnic lunch on one of the many covered porch areas.
- Can we explore the Gamble House on our own or do we need to take a tour?
- All tours of the Gamble House are guided and guests are not allowed to explore the interior of the house on their own - except for occasional, 'self-guided' tour days. We encourage visitors to walk around the porches and in the surrounding landscape as much as they would like before or after their guided tour of the interior of the house.
- What should I wear?
- We recommend you dress comfortably for the weather especially if you plan to enjoy an outdoor picnic. Please be advised that we highly recommend wearing flat shoes with broad heels as high heels are not allowed in the house as they can damage the floors. However, we will provide slippers for anyone wearing heels.
- How much walking or standing will there be? Are there stairs in the house?
- The Gamble House is a 3-story structure but these abbreviated 20-minute tours focus on the first floor only.
- Is the Gamble House wheelchair or stroller accessible?
- There is first-floor access for those with manual wheelchairs. Staff will assist visitors in wheelchairs to gain access to the first level using our Garaventa Stair-Track device. We cannot accommodate electric wheelchairs, but those willing and able to transfer to our manual wheelchair are welcome to do so. Infant strollers are not allowed in the house. For parents with young children, we recommend leaving strollers in your car; they can also be left on the north porch, at your own risk.
- Do you allow photography?
- Photography is not permitted during any tour. Interior photography requires a special permit and is by appointment only. Please click on the "Contact GambleHouse" link to the left to discuss setting up an appointment. Exterior photography is encouraged and can be done at any time.
- Is The Gamble House open all year round?
- Yes, we operate tours throughout the entire year. We are closed on major holidays: July 4th, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day, New Year's Day and Easter Sunday.
- Do you have a gift shop?
- Yes, the Gamble House Bookstore is located in the original garage structure adjacent to the main house and is known for it's extensive collection of unique gifts, as well as books on Greene and Greene, the Arts and Crafts movement, Art Nouveau, Japanese architecture, landscape design, and American Art Pottery. We also feature a selection of guidebooks to architecture in Pasadena and Los Angeles. Proceeds from the bookstore directly support the operations of The Gamble House.
- Are refreshments available for purchase?
- No, there are no food and drinks available for purchase and they are not allowed in the house. We highly encourage guests to bring their own lunch to enjoy on the rear lawn or terrace.
- Are pets allowed to come?
- No, other than certified service dogs, pets are not permitted.
- Is there parking available?
- Parking is usually available along Westmoreland Place, the private street in front of the house, or along adjacent Orange Grove Boulevard and the nearby city streets.
- Do you sell tour gift certificates?
- Yes! Gift certificates are available and make great gifts for any occasion. To purchase a gift certificate, please click on the "Gift certificates: Purchase" link in the box above.
- Do you offer group tours?
- Yes, private group tours are available. Group tour hours and fees vary from our regular schedule. Please call for details. Groups of 10 or more require reservations at least one month in advance and must be prepaid by credit card.
- Do you offer private tours and events at the Gamble House?
- Yes! Selected locations inside and out are available for meetings, seminars, retreats, picnics and special events. However, we do not rent out the space for private parties and weddings. (Please call if you wish to reserve the grounds for wedding photography only.) To inquire further about private events, please click on the "Contact GambleHouse" link on the left.
- Non-refundable, cannot be rescheduled.
- Once purchased, tickets cannot be refunded and cannot be rescheduled because your space is being guaranteed at the event.
- Activity takes place rain or shine.
- The activity runs regardless of weather conditions. In the rare situation where the seller is forced to cancel the event, ticket-holders will be allowed to reschedule to another time (subject to availability).
- Interior photography is not permitted.
- Photography is not permitted during any tour. Interior photography requires a special permit and is by appointment only. Exterior photography is encouraged and can be done at any time.
The Gamble House
The architects worked closely with the Gambles in the design of the house, incorporating specific design elements to complement art pieces belonging to the family. Drawings for the house were completed in February 1908, and ground was broken in March. Ten months later, the house was essentially completed, the first pieces of custom furniture delivered, and the house became the home of David Gamble, his wife Mary, and two of their three sons: Sidney and Clarence. In addition, Mary’s sister, Julia Huggins, also lived with the family. By the summer of 1910, all of the custom-designed furniture was in place.
David and Mary lived in the house until their deaths in 1923 and 1929, respectively. Julia lived in the house until her death in 1943. Cecil Huggins Gamble and his wife Louise Gibbs Gamble lived in the house beginning in 1946 and briefly considered selling it. They soon changed their minds, however, when prospective buyers spoke of painting the interior teak and mahogany woodwork white! The Gambles realized the artistic importance of the house and it remained in the Gamble family until 1966, when it was deeded to the city of Pasadena in a joint agreement with the University of Southern California School of Architecture.