5 L.A. Museums You Can See For Free

By Michael Berick

L.A. museums

Kids can enjoy old-fashioned fun at the Heritage Square Museum. PHOTO COURTESY HERITAGE SQUARE MUSEUM

Dodger Stadium and Disneyland are well known to most Southern Californians. But have you visited the Lummis Home or the Los Angeles Police Museum? This month, you have a great opportunity to discover them and many other great local spots for free. From noon-5 p.m. May 21, the Museums of the Arroyo hosts its annual MOTA Day, with free admission to museums in the group.

Head to Highland Park and explore the wildly eccentric Lummis Home hand built by the wildly eccentric Charles Lummis in the early 1900s. At the nearby Heritage Square Museum, you can visit a collection of restored Victorian houses and enjoy blacksmithing demonstrations, gardening tips and vintage games for kids to play. There will be tours, children’s craft activities and free refreshments at Pasadena’s early 20th century architectural gem, the Gamble House.

The Pasadena Museum of History presents exhibits on railroad art and the city’s annual Chalk Festival, and guests can create their own chalk art. “For the Love of the Arroyo” at the Southwest Museum in Mount Washington offers a lovely look at the area, and there is a lovely garden to explore. Revealing a seedier side of our city, the Los Angeles Police Museum showcases L.A.’s crime and law enforcement history going back to the late 1800s. You can also climb into a decommissioned police helicopter and get your photo taken in a vintage jail cell.

The museums are all located along the Arroyo Seco and, to make its offer more enticing, MOTA offers a free shuttle to take you between locations. Learn more at www.MuseumsOfTheArroyo.com.

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