• 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.

    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 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.

    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 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

    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 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 also display a vintage police automobile.

    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.

    Historic Southwest Museum — Mt. Washington Campus

    Historic Southwest Museum, library, and archive located in the Mt. Washington area of Los Angeles, California. 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. 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

    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

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