Visit Arroyo Museums for Free

By Michael Berick

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Explore L.A.’s past, present and future on M.O.T.A. Day. PHOTO COURTESY VINTAGE L.A. COPPERS

On M.O.T.A. Day, May 20, the Museums of the Arroyo (M.O.T.A.) do away with admission prices and welcome the public for free. Stretching from Pasadena to eastern L.A., the six institutions – The Gamble House and Pasadena Museum of History in Pasadena and Heritage Square, Los Angeles Police Museum, Lummis Home, the Autry’s Historic Southwest Museum and Mt. Washington Campus in L.A. – will each have something special for visitors that day.

At the Heritage Square Museum, kids can play with Victorian Era toys, make crafts, play a “Pump & Splash” water game, watch blacksmithing demonstrations and pick up gardening tips. The L.A. Vintage Coppers will make for an arresting visit to the Los Angeles Police Museum, which also presents police helicopter flyovers at 2 and 4 p.m. Guests of the Lummis House can also look skyward – and spot the sun through a solar telescope, as well as learn about the house’s fabled past.

At the Southwest Museum, venture into the historic tunnel entrance to see the new exhibit “Of this body; of this earth” by local contemporary artist Miller Robinson. Or get a little more modern at the Pasadena Museum of History, which hosts “Star Wars” volunteer costume groups the Rebel Legion and the 501st Legion for photo ops and crafts. Over at the Gamble House, visit with “Doc Brown” and view a “Back to the Future”-style DeLorean.

Free shuttles will connect all the museums. Visit for additional details.

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