• Sunday, May 20, 2018
  • 12:00pm - 5:00pm
  • MOTA Day

    Museums of the Arroyo Day is a free one day event celebrating a diverse mix of art, architecture and history of the Arroyo Seco area. Explore beautiful architecture, historical discoveries, and family entertainment at six local museums. The public can visit one or all of the museums during the day at no charge. View exhibits, enjoy refreshments, watch traditional blacksmith’s demonstrations, climb into a retired police helicopter, and more.

    Date & Hours

    Sunday, May 20, 2018 |  12 a.m. to 5 p.m. The last museum entrance is at 4:00 p.m

    Featured Museums

    The Gamble House

    The Gamble House is located in Pasadena and is the finest example of early 20th-century Craftsman architecture, it is preserved with all of its original furnishings which were designed by the architects. The home is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Visitors will be able to check out a Back to the Future style DeLorean “Time Machine” and a visit with Doc Brown. The bookstore will have a selection of BTTF-themed merchandise. There will also be children’s crafts on the back patio.

    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. During MOTA Day visitors can view the current exhibition Dreaming the Universe: The Intersection of Science, Technology and Southern California which explores the history of science fiction and Southern California from the 1930s to the 1980s. Kids can craft their own vehicle for inter-galactic exploration in Art 2 Go’s Rocket & Spaceship workshop and everyone can enjoy visitors from the Star Wars Volunteer Costume Groups, the Rebel Legion and the 501st Legion, who will be on hand for photographs and more. Additionally, guests can take a mini-tour of the Fenyes Mansion as well as the Finnish Folk Museum which is housed in a replica of a 19th Century Finnish farmhouse.

    Heritage Square Museum

    Heritage Square Museum is a living history museum that explores the settlement and development of Southern California from the Civil War to the early 20th Century, offering visitors a look into the everyday lives of Southern Californians at the close of the 19th Century. During MOTA Day you will be able to watch traditional blacksmithing demonstrations. 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

    Los Angeles Police Museum  is the city’s oldest surviving police station. Closed in 1983, the station is now operated as the Los Angeles Police Museum. It has been designated as a Historic Cultural Monument and listed on the National Register of Historic Places. During MOTA Day L.A. Vintage Coppers will bring vintage cars and docents in vintage uniforms to welcome. Additionally, look to the sky for a Police Helicopter flyover at 2 and 4pm. Tour the facilities, private collections and historical memorabilia that date back to the late 1800s, including a vehicle shelter, a restored 1955 paddy wagon. Kids can climb into a retired police helicopter. Visitors can experience a real jail cell and snap their own free police booking photos and/or step in a lineup at the Interrogation Room.  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. Historian Dennis Harbach will be available to research from his database about the visiting and local dignitaries who were guests at the Lummis Home from 1897 to 1928.

    The Autry’s Historic Southwest Museum Mt. Washington Campus

    The Autry’s Historic Southwest Museum Mt. Washington Campus is inside the historic tunnel entrance, see a special exhibit, “Of this body, of this earth” by local contemporary artist Miller Robinson which opens on MOTA Day. Visit the outdoor terrace and garden for panoramic views of the Arroyo Seco.


    Free shuttles connect all museums so visitors can park their car once to experience the arts, culture and history of the Arroyo. This year, since there will be no shuttle to Heritage Square, visitors to Museums of the Arroyo Day must take the short walk to Heritage Square from Lummis Home.

    Shuttle Map
    Walking Map

    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→

    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


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