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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 other museums
Pasadena, CA 91103


Explore great architecture, historical discoveries, family fun, and entertainment at six local museums all for free at Museums of the Arroyo (MOTA) Day on Sunday, May 22, 2022.

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

This year marks the 32nd 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.

Free shuttles connect the museums: The Gamble House, Heritage Square, Los Angeles Police Museum, Lummis Home, Pasadena Museum of History, and the Autry’s Historic Southwest Museum.

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. MOTA Day takes place from noon to 5:00 pm with the last museum entrance at 4:00 pm. Visit the website for parking locations, shuttle routes, and up-to-date information about events at each museum.

Special events at the Old Pasadena adjacent locations include:

The Gamble House: 

  • Visit the Gamble House Bookstore for MOTA Day-only specials.
  • Kids and adults can play lawn games and enjoy a hands-on crafts table.
  • The first floor will be open for a self-guided walk-through.
  • Picnics are welcome on the lawn.
  • Volunteer docents will be on hand to answer questions indoors and throughout the gardens.

More information on The Gamble House

Pasadena Museum of History: 

  • Delve into the enhanced version of Starting Anew: Transforming Pasadena 1890-1930, a fascinating saga of unparalleled growth that transformed Pasadena from an agricultural community into a renowned winter resort and bustling young city.
  • Guests can join MiniTours of the Finnish Folk Art Museum which is furnished in the style of a 19th-century Finnish farmhouse, one of a handful of museums devoted to the Scandinavian country in the United States.
  • Adalbert Fenyes enjoyed collecting beetles. He even had an insectarium on the Fenyes grounds! Kids of all ages can create their own Dr. Fenyes’ beetle with Art 2 Go’s arts and craft workshop.

More information on Pasadena Museum of History


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