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Museums Of The Arroyo (MOTA) Day - No Host Event

  • May 19, 2013 · 11:45 AM
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I've been to all the museums and homes EXCEPT the Pasadena Museum of History, so after my visit or Heritage Square, that's going to be my next stop...



Meeting Point: We will meet at the Heritage Square at 11:45 am just outside the entrance gate on the left hand side.

PARKING: Heritage has excellent parking FOR THE EARLY BIRDS and easy access from the Gold line. Best way to get here is to take the Gold Line and avoid the hassle of traffic and parking. From here there are free shuttles to visit the other museums and points of interest.

It's fun, it's festive and it's only one day a year! Join us for the 21st anniversary of Museums of the Arroyo Day, where five museums located along the Arroyo Seco in Los Angeles and Pasadena open their doors free of charge from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on May 19, 2013.

About MOTA Day Celebrating a diverse mix of art, architecture and history of the Arroyo Seco area, MOTA Day features six unique history-based museums that preserve and perpetuate early Los Angeles life. The public can visit one or all of the museums during the day at no charge, with free and continuous shuttle service running between museums. Visitors can park their cars once and then shuttle to the museums of their choice. MOTA museum members include The Gamble House, Heritage Square Museum, the Los Angeles Police Historical Society Museum, the Lummis Home and Garden and the Pasadena Museum of History. In addition to its ongoing regular displays and exhibits, each museum will feature a distinctive slice of Southern California history.

For more information on the twentieth annual MOTA Day, please call the MOTA hotline number at (213) 740-TOUR (8687). Each year, thousands of Angelinos have experienced the diverse mix of art, architecture and history of the Arroyo Seco area found in the six unique history-based museums that preserve and perpetuate early Los Angeles life. The public can visit the MOTA museums during the day at no charge. This year promises to bring bigger crowds, so visitors are advised to arrive early.

Free and continuous shuttle service will also be available between museums. Museums of the Arroyo Pasadena Museum of HistoryThe Gamble House The Southern California Historical Society/Lummis Home Heritage Square The Los Angeles Police Historical Museum Southwest Museum

Many Ways to Get to MOTA Day DRIVE YOURSELF 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 (110) at the Avenue 43 exit; 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.

Parking is typically available in Pasadena at Avery Dennison on Walnut (near Pasadena Museum of History) and surrounding streets. In Highland Park, parking will be on Carlota Street (near Lummis Home and Garden) and at Heritage Square's parking lots and surrounding streets. TAKE THE GOLD LINE You can easily reach MOTA Day by taking the Gold Line and exiting the train at the Heritage Square stop -- you can then catch free shuttles to reach the MOTA Day festivities.

WALK THE MUSEUMS Our two southern Highland Park museums -- Heritage Square and Lummis Home -- are within walking distance of each other.


470 W. Walnut Street, Pasadena

A museum and research library/archives focusing on the history of Pasadena and the San Gabriel Valley, the Pasadena Museum of History is located on the grounds of the Fenyes Mansion – one of the few remaining grand homes on Pasadena’s former “Millionaire’s Row.” The 1906 Beaux Arts Fenyes Mansion is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The history galleries contain changing exhibitions and the “Tupa” or the Finnish Folk Art Museum, one of a handful of museums devoted to the Scandinavian country in the United States.


MOTA Day 2013 activities include:

  • Art Festival with Members of the Pasadena Society of Artists. More than 30 painters, sculptors, and photographers will display their works in tents throughout the gardens and in the special MOTA Day-only art store in Giddings Conference Room. All artwork will be for sale, along with prints, cards and other distinctive gift items. In addition, a number of the artists will be actively working on new pieces during the afternoon.
  • Juried Art Exhibition: “Relationships.” Artists will be inspired by the current exhibition on vintage wedding gowns at the museum.
  • Mini-Tours of Fenyes Mansion. Visitors can get a first look at the historic residence following its recent $1.7 million rejuvenation.
  • Tours of Finnish Folk Art Museum. Members of the Finlandia Foundation will welcome guests to the museum which is furnished in the style of a 19th century Finnish farmhouse. This unique exhibition provides a fascinating glimpse into Finland’s tradition and culture and reminds visitors that the Fenyes Mansion once served as the Finnish Consulate.
  • Hands-on Art Workshops for Children. Young visitors can make and take home three different art projects — a rain stick, a Japanese brush painting, and a family colla.
  • I Do! I Do! Pasadena Ties the Knot Exhibition. Tour a stunning display of vintage wedding gowns in the History Center Galleries.
  • Pie ‘n Burger Truck. Celebrate the 50th anniversary of Pasadena’s famed restaurant by purchasing one of their best-loved family fare offerings!

Visit MOTA museums FREE from 12 a.m. to 5 p.m. with last entrance allowed at 4pm on May 19, 2013! Normally there's an admission fee at many/most of these museums.

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  • Darrell

    Sorry, running really late... I'm skipping Heritage Square and going directly to the Pasadena Museum. Should arrive there about 1pm.

    May 19, 2013

  • billy b

    Anyone want to drive down together

    May 19, 2013

  • Darrell says in Pasadena it will hit a high of about 80 degrees at 2pm today. Should be a nice day!

    May 19, 2013

  • billy b

    Been in Pasadena whole life and never been here

    May 18, 2013

  • Maricruz

    Sorry, forgot to include a guest!
    Looking forward to meeting all of you! :-)

    May 14, 2013

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