Visit six museums all for FREE on May 21!
Interested in climbing into an LAPD helicopter, learn Victorian dances or see backsmithing and woodworking demonstrations? All this and much more can be experienced during MOTA, Museums of the Arroyo Day, between 12 pm and 5 pm! Included are museums in Pasadena and Los Angeles. We recommend that you plan your day, as these places are all very interesting, but there is only so much time.
The National Historic Landmark and majestic 1908 Gamble house, is the perfect example of a Arts & Crafts masterpiece. See the amazing details that was put into building this gem, designed by the Green and Green brothers. Refreshments will be served and kids will have a chance to do crafts in the back patio.
For traditional woodcarving demonstrations, head over to the Heritage Square. Docents will be in costumes leading the tours of the historical houses. Your kids can enjoy playing with Victorian toys, do crafts, play and learn about plants and flowers in the Ford House Kitchen garden.
Perhaps you’d like to catch the exhibition Art in the Street: 25 Years of the Pasadena Chalk Festival, featuring creations of chalk murals and learn about the art form’s process and techniques, at the Pasadena Historic Museum? Be sure to also see The Art of Getting There: Railroad Inspired Artistry, featuring paintings, photography, carvings, sculptures and more. Your entire family can participate in creating your own chalk masterpiece. Make sure not to miss the mini-tour at the Fenyes Mansion as well as the Finnish Folk Museum which is housed in a replica of a 19th Century Finnish farmhouse.
At the Los Angeles Police Museum you can tour the facilities which feature private collections and historical memorabilia that date back to the late 1800s, experience a real jail cell and snap your own free police booking photos. Kids can climb into a retired police helicopter.
Enjoy self-guided tours at the hidden Lummis home and gardens. Using a newly developed computer application, 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. Visitors can see if any of their relatives were part of the early Lummis’ parties and gatherings. Children can play games and do art project as well.
Tour the month-long exhibition For the Love of the Arroyo, which features artists’ conception of not only the flora and fauna of the area, but the culturally diverse urban communities that make up the Arroyo Seco area. Paintings, drawings and mixed media works by more than a dozen local artists. Make sure to explore the community garden which offers a commanding view of the Arroyo.
Free shuttles are available connecting all museums, so you can park your car and enjoy the arts, culture and history of the Arroyo. Have fun!!!
*Photo Courtesy of MOTA
WHAT: MOTA, Museums of the Arroyo Day
WHEN: May 21, 2017, 12 pm – 5 pm. Last entry at 4 pm.
– Gamble House Museum
4 Westmoreland Pl, Pasadena, CA 91103
– Pasadena Museum of History
470 W Walnut St, Pasadena, CA 91103
– Heritage Square Museum
3800 Homer St, Los Angeles, CA 90031
– Los Angeles Police Museum
6045 York Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90042
– Lummis Home & Gardens
200 East Avenue 43, Los Angeles, CA 90031
– The Autry’s Southwest Museum Mt. Washington Campus
234 Museum Dr, Los Angeles, CA 90065
MORE INFO: www.museumsofthearroyo.com