Museums of the Arroyo Day 2017

May 16, 2017

It’s free and only one day a year: Museum of the Arroyo Day.

Six museums in Los Angeles and Pasadena open their doors—free of charge—from noon to 5 p.m. (Last museum entrance, 4 p.m.)

The Gamble House, the Pasadena Museum of History, the Lummis House, Heritage Square, the Los Angeles Police Museum (a favorite for kids of all ages), and The Autry’s Southwest Museum Mt. Washington campus.

All museums are conveniently located off of the 210 and 110 freeways. Cyclists are encouraged to “make the MOTA Loop!”

Heritage Square, Lummis House, and the Autry campus are all within walking distance.

Gamble House, 4 Westmoreland Place, Pasadena 91103. Divine workmanship; we kind of melt whenever we revisit Gamble House.


Gamble House; photo by Wayne Selway.


The Pasadena Museum of History‘s current exhibits are…

—Art in the Street: 25 Years of the Pasadena Chalk Festival, celebrating the silver anniversary of one of the area’s most popular art attractions.

—The Art of Getting There: Railroad Inspired Artistry, exploring how railroads, the apex of the Industrial Revolution’s might and power, have inspired artists since their introduction.

Pasadena Museum of History, 470 W. Walnut St., Pasadena 91103.


“Red Car Line – Venice, California” by Harold Edward Lanfair (1898 – 1981) 22” x 28” (framed) watercolor, circa late 1930’s. (Loan from the collection of Tom Spellman)


The Lummis House is a rustic American Craftsman built by Charles Fletcher Lummis in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. It’s also known as El Alisal, the alder grove. The house is 4,000 square feet and took 13 years to build.

Will Rogers, John Philip Sousa, and John Muir are said to have been guests and supposedly the exhibition hall was designed to have a concrete floor so after parties “it could be easily cleaned with a bucket of water.”

Lummis House, 200 E. Avenue 43, Los Angeles 90031.


Lumps House;


Heritage Square is odd, quaint, adorable, and did we say odd? But, we love it!

Heritage Square, 3800 Homer St., Los Angeles off the 110 Freeway.



The Los Angeles Police Museum, 6045 York Boulevard, Highland Park 90042.



Photo source: LA Police Museum.


Photo source: LA Police Museum.


The Autry’s Southwest Museum Mt. Washington campus: For the Love of the Arroyo exhibit. Address: 234 Museum Dr., Los Angeles 90065.

For complete details, visit


By Michael Nissen, For the Love of the Arroyo exhibit at The Autry.





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