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Day 363: Museums of the Arroyo Day

Have you been wanting to visit to some local museums?

Day 363 of 365 Things To Do in Pasadena® has THE outing for you!

We share with you Museums of the Arroyo Day!

This Sunday, May 15th celebrate MOTA Day with free entry to the 5  Arroyo Seco Museums!

This year’s MOTA Day theme is “Hats” and guests are encouraged to wear crazy, fashionable and sporty hats as they tour all 5 museums.

Join in on the celebration of the 22nd Annual Museums of the Arroyo Day Festival! It will be a free day of music, storytelling, art, crafts and entertainment. Check out exhibits on hat history, Boyle Heights, the Symbionese Liberation Army and more.

Here is a list and a little info about each museum.

The Gamble House:

The Gamble House

4 Westmoreland Place, Pasadena
(626) 793-3334

An internationally recognized National Historic Landmark, in the style of the American Arts and Crafts movement. Built in 1908, The Gamble House is the most complete and best-preserved example of the work of renowned Pasadena architects Charles and Henry Greene.


The Pasadena Museum of History:

The Pasadena Museum of History

470 W. Walnut Street, Pasadena
(626) 577-1660

A museum and research library/archives focusing on the history of Pasadena and the San Gabriel Valley, the museum is on the grounds of one of the few remaining grand homes on Pasadena’s former “Millionaire’s Row.” The 1906 Beaux Arts Fenyes Mansion is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The history galleries contain changing exhibitions and the “Tupa” or Finnish Folk Art Museum is one of the only such museums in the United States.

The Los Angeles Police Historical Museum:

Los Angeles Police Historical Museum

6045 York Boulevard, Los Angeles
(323) 344-9445

Founded in 1989, the museum displays the rich history of the LAPD from its 1869 beginnings. Located in the 1925 Highland Park Police Station, the museum was salvaged and restored to its original Renaissance Revival style and is a registered National Historic landmark.


Lummis Home and Garden:

Lummis Home and Garden

200 East Avenue 43, Los Angeles
(323) 222-0546

A turn-of-the century home built over a 12-year period with stones from the arroyo by Charles Lummis, early activist, author and civic booster. Lummis also founded the Southwest Museum and was one of the first city editors of the fledging Los Angeles Times.


Heritage Square Museum:

Heritage Square Museum

3800 Homer Street, Los Angeles
(626) 796-2898

Established in 1969, this living history museum reflects the settlement and development of Southern California from 1850 to 1950. Through guided tours, changing exhibits and special events, Heritage Square Museum takes its guest back in time to eras where electricity was a novelty, a trip to the beach was often a full-weekend activity and manners were distinctly different from those of today.


The last permitted time for entry into the museums is 4 pm. Be sure to share with us your favorite stop! 🙂

We hope you enjoy traveling through these historical neighborhoods.

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