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Museums of the Arroyo Day

Museums of the Arroyo Day

Presented by: Museums of the Arroyo
470 W. Walnut Street
Pasadena Museum of History and five additional museum locations
Pasadena, CA 91103


2019 marks the 30th anniversary of Museums of the Arroyo Day – a community event that annually brings together thousands of Angelenos from across Southern California to experience the rich history, iconic architecture and arts-driven neighborhoods of the Arroyo Seco area.

Explore great architecture, historical discoveries, family fun and entertainment for free at six local museums -- including Pasadena's Gamble House and Pasadena Museum of History -- during the 2019 Museums of the Arroyo (MOTA) Day.

Climb into a retired LAPD helicopter, chat with historians, play lawn games, check out blacksmith demonstrations, craft a spaceship, and discover what continues to make the Arroyo Seco a bustling, vibrant arts-driven community that crosses neighborhoods and social boundaries.

MOTA Day takes place from noon to 5:00pm with last entry at 4:00pm. 

Special events at the Pasadena locations include:

The Gamble House: Visitors can tour the 1908 Arts and Crafts gem that is on the National Registry of Historic Places; free refreshments. Check out a Back to the Future style DeLorean “Time Machine” and visit with Doc Brown – his house was the Gamble House Bookstore. Kids and adults can play lawn games and explore the crafts table.

Pasadena Museum of History: Visitors can view the current exhibition GIDDY UP: Children Take the Reins. Explore the World of Carousel Animals & Childhood Toys that Rock, Bounce and Roll. Visitors can create a “Cowpoke Vest” with Art2Go. Also, guests can take a mini-tour of the 1906 Beaux Arts Fenyes Mansion as well as the Finnish Folk Museum, a replica of a 19th Century Finnish farmhouse.

Free shuttles connect all museums so visitors can park their car once to experience the arts, culture and history of the Arroyo. See MOTA website for parking locations, shuttles routes and other MOTA Day information.

With so much to do and see – and only a few hours to do it – visitors are encouraged to best plan their visits and to pace themselves accordingly. Organizers stress that guests should plan to visit no more than three museums for a satisfying MOTA Day experience.

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