California Travel Tips

Los Angeles Museums of the Arroyo Day

Published on: May 11, 2018


LOS ANGELES, CALIF. — Among the many great events and attractions that can be overlooked by tourists is Museums of the Arroyo (MOTA) Day on May 20, 2018, 12-5 p.m. The annual, free event offers insider looks at places you’d normally have to pay to see, such as the Gamble House in Pasadena. Pictured above is one of’s MOTA Day visits to Heritage Square where an entire block of historic houses and buildings line a Mayberry, USA style street. Costumed docents add to the welcoming atmosphere as kids are invited to play old-fashioned games out on the lawns of the Square.

There are several free museum days in California that include Los Angeles (Jan.), Sacramento (Feb.), San Diego (Feb.1-28, 2019) and statewide & nationwide Smithsonian Museum Day (Sept.22, 2018).

Museums of the Arroyo Day

  • The Autry’s Historic Southwest Museum Mt. Washington Campus
  • Gamble House
  • Heritage Square Museum
  • Los Angeles Police Museum
  • Lummis Home and Garden
  • Pasadena Museum of History

About the Arroyo Seco: Translated as dry stream, Arroyo Seco goes through Pasadena, where it passes the Rose Bowl Stadium.

(Arroyo Seco Weekend music festival June 23-24, 2018 at Brookside at the Rose Bowl features Neil Young plus Promise of the Real, Robert Plant, Alanis Morissette and other musical greats.)

Arroyo Seco also spans areas near Ventura Freeway and the Colorado Street Bridge,  the western boundary of South Pasadena,  into Los Angeles flowing southeast of the Verdugo Mountains and Mount Washington. It proceeds through Highland Park, Hermon, Montecito Heights, and Cypress Park, ending at the confluence with the Los Angeles River near Elysian Park, north of Dodger Stadium and Downtown Los Angeles.

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