Temporary Closure for Seismic Retrofit


USC Pacific Asia Museum began the first phase of the museum’s Master Plan in July 2016,  which involved the year-long seismic retrofit of its historic building and construction of a modern collections care and conservation center. Developed in association with architect Kelly Sutherlin McLeod, FAIA, the USC PAM Master Plan realized physical, system, and equipment enhancements that bring the museum to current standards for public access and collections care.

Phase I addressed the most urgent needs, including seismic retrofitting, foundation reinforcement, waterproofing, installation of modern HVAC and electrical systems, and creation of a modern collections storage facility. In the spring of 2017 the museum received a grant from the Ahmanson Foundation for its permanent collection storage renovation project, which involved an HVAC system upgrade and the installation of controls to transform the Museum’s permanent collections storage into a state-of-the-art facility.

The Museum is scheduled to reopen December 8, 2017 with the special exhibition Winds from Fusang: Mexico and China in the Twentieth Century.

USC PAM on the Town

During the closure, the Museum will present a slate of programs throughout the community, as well as a satellite exhibition at USC.

Check our hashtag often to find out where we’ll be next:


Upcoming Programs

Find updated information on this page and follow us on social media to find out where we’ll be popping up around town!



In the Media

  • USC News discusses USC PAM’s closure and whats next
  • Read the LA Times article about the closure