Museum Doors Swing Open For Free on Arroyo Day Sunday

Published on May 21, 2022

MOTA Day, featuring the Museums of the Arroyo, is back in person on Sunday, May 22, and you can join the celebration by visiting any or all of the six area museums – at no charge – and enjoying a day of family fun, historical explorations and architectural discoveries. 


MOTA Day has been celebrated for more than 30 years, when the museums welcome guests for a free day with special programming. Celebrating a diverse mix of art, architecture and history of the Arroyo Seco area, MOTA Day features these six unique history-based museums that preserve and perpetuate early Los Angeles life. 


The participating museums are the Gamble House in Pasadena, the Pasadena Museum of History, the Heritage Square Museum, the Los Angeles Police Museum, the Lummis Home and Garden, and the Autry’s Historic Southwest Museum Mt. Washington Campus. 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 freeway (110) at the Avenue 43 exit; the 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. 


For more information on MOTA Day, visit You can also follow MOTA’s Facebook page, To inquire about unique sponsorship of this year’s MOTA Day, contact your nearest MOTA Day museum.


For transportation options, visit


The museums are open from 12 to 5 p.m. for MOTA Day. Please note that masks are required for indoor activities at all museums and on the MOTA Day shuttles. 

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