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May 15, 2010

Museums of the Arroyo Day

Here's an event that I let breeze right by me. Once again I'm using the blog to catalog an event I want to attend in the future.

Museums of the Arroyo Day is a once-a-year event where five museums located along the Arroyo Seco in Los Angeles and Pasadena open their doors free of charge from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.--this year on May 16, 2010.

Celebrating a diverse mix of art, architecture and history of the Arroyo Seco area, MOTA Day features six unique history-based museums that preserve and perpetuate early Los Angeles life. The public can visit one or all of the museums during the day at no charge, with free and continuous shuttle service running between museums. Visitors can park their cars once and then shuttle to the museums of their choice.

MOTA museum members include The Gamble House, Heritage Square Museum, the Los Angeles Police Historical Society Museum, the Lummis Home and Garden and the Pasadena Museum of History. In addition to its ongoing regular displays and exhibits, each museum will feature a distinctive slice of Southern California history.

The MOTA museums are conveniently located off the 210 and 110 freeways in Pasadena and Los Angeles. Heritage Square is located just north of downtown off of the Pasadena (110) at the Avenue 43 exit; Gamble House and Pasadena Museum of History are located off of the Ventura (134) freeway on either side of Orange Grove, north of Walnut Avenue. The other museums are located between these two points. Parking is typically available in Pasadena at Avery Dennison on Walnut (near Pasadena Museum of History) and surrounding streets. In Highland Park, parking will be on Carlota Street (near Lummis Home and Garden) and at Heritage Square's parking lots and surrounding streets. Or, you can easily reach MOTA Day by taking the Gold Line and exiting the train at the Heritage Square stop -- you can then catch free shuttles to reach the MOTA Day festivities. Our two southern Highland Park museums -- Heritage Square and Lummis Home -- are within walking distance of each other.

For more information on the twentieth annual MOTA Day, please call the MOTA hotline number at (213) 740-TOUR (8687).

I know I don't take advantage of the rich museum life offered by Los Angeles. What is your favorite one? Will you attend this event next year? Please tell me why in a comment on the blog.

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