• Sunday, May 21, 2017
  • 12:00pm - 4:00pm
  • MOTA Day

    Celebrating a diverse mix of art, architecture and history of the Arroyo Seco area, MOTA Day features six unique history-based museums that preserve and perpetuate early Los Angeles life.  The public can visit one or all of the museums during the day at no charge, the last museum entrance is at 4:00 PM.

    MOTA Activities

    Explore beautiful architecture, historical discoveries, and family entertainment at six local museums — all free at Museums of the Arroyo Day, Sunday May 21, 2017. View exhibits, enjoy refreshments, watch traditional blacksmithing demonstrations, climb int a retired police helicopter, and more.

    The Gamble House

    The Gamble House has been open to the public for 50 years. Visitors can tour the 1908 Arts and Crafts masterpiece that is on the National Registry of Historic Places; free refreshments. The newly restored gardens will be available for viewing and children can create a garden butterfly fan. More info…

    Heritage Square Museum

    Watch traditional blacksmithing demonstrations and see costumed docents on hand at the historical structures. Children can play with Victorian toys, make crafts, and learn about plants and flowers in the Ford House Kitchen garden. “Pump and Splash” will be onsite for water fun.

    Los Angeles Police Museum

    Tour the facility which features private collections and historical memorabilia that date back to the late-1800s, including a vehicle shelter and a restored 1955 paddy wagon.  Kids can climb into a retired police helicopter.  Visit a real jail cell and snap a free mugshot.  L.A. Vintage Coppers will display a vintage police automobile.  Tour three other permanent exhibits about the Onion Field murder, the Patty Hearst kidnapping, and the 1997 North Hollywood shootout.

    Lummis Home and Garden

    Standing on the west bank of the Arroyo Seco, the Lummis home and garden was home of Charles Fletcher Lummis. Enjoy self-guided tours of the home and gardens. See the home’s wood furniture, railroad pole supporting beams for the ceiling, and it’s decorative carved woods. Children can play games and participate in hands-on art activities in the gardens.

    Pasadena Museum of History

    View “Art in the Street: 25 Years of the Pasadena Chalk Festival,” which features the creation and installation of memorable chalk murals and a look at art form’s process and techniques. The Art of Getting There: Railroad Inspiration Artistry also on view at the Pasadena Museum of History, which highlights paintings, photography, carvings, sculptures and more. Families can create their own chalk masterpieces; take a mini-tour of the Beaux Arts Fenyes Mansion and the Finnish Folk Museum which is housed in a replica of a 19th Century Finnish farmhouse. More info…

    Historic Southwest Museum — Mt. Washington Campus

    Tour the exhibition “Four the Love of the Arroyo,” which features the culturally diverse urban communities that make the Arroyo Seco area not only the flora and fauna. Explore the community garden and enjoy a commanding view of the Arroyo. The City of Los Angeles, a group of organizations, and stakeholders, in partnership with the National Trust for Historic Preservation, designated the site as a National Treasure.


    Free shuttles connect all museums so visitors can park their car once to experience the arts, culture and history of the Arroyo.  More info

    Take the Gold Line to MOTA Day

    While all of the Museums of the Arroyo are within walking distance of a Metro Gold Line station, you can catch a shuttle that runs to all of the museums if you take the Gold Line to Southwest Museum Station or Heritage Square Station. More info…

    Gamble House is 1 mile from Memorial Park Station

    Pasadena Museum of History is 1 mile from Memorial Park Station

    Heritage Square Museum is 1 mile from Heritage Square Station

    Southwest Museum is one block from Southwest Museum Station

    Lummis Home & Garden is half a mile from Southwest Museum Station

    Los Angeles Police Museum is .8 miles from Highland Park Station

    MOTA by Metro Video

  • Cost: Free
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