Museums of the Arroyo Day

Six Museums Free —

One Afternoon of Living History

 

Costumed docents add to the festivities at Heritage Square on Museums of the Arroyo Day.

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Discover LA’s History at Six Museums

Free on Sunday, May 21, 2017

Step back in time on Sunday when six unique history-based museums will be free from noon to 5 pm, in celebration of the annual Museums of the Arroyo Day. Although it is almost impossible to see all six — Heritage Square, The Autry’s Southwest Museum, the Lummis Home and Gardens, the Los Angeles Police Museum, the Pasadena Museum of History, and the Gamble House — which ever ones you see will be a treat.  We made it to three and look forward to three more this year!

Heritage Square

Heritage Square, established in 1969, is a living history village which preserves nine 1800s structures from across Los Angeles.

Lummis Home and Garden

This is a rare opportunity to visit the Lummis Home and Garden — hand-built by journalist, historian and librarian Charles Fletcher Lummis over a twelve years from 1898 – 1910. Often credited with representing the beginning of the Arts & Crafts architectural movement, the home is now only open limited hours. It is also well know for its native California plant garden.

It took Lummis twelve years to hand-build his home.

The Los Angeles Police Museum

See the jacket worn by Dragnet’s Sargent Friday (Jack Webb) and scores of real police memorabilia at the Los Angeles Police Museum in Highland Park. This hidden gem opened in 2001 and displays LAPD history from its 1869 beginnings. Snap your own booking photo and experience a vintage jail cell.

Getting There

Getting to Museums of the Arroyo Day is easy by Metro. Take the Gold Line to either the Memorial Park or Southwest Museum station and catch shuttles from the museums near these stations.

There will be two free shuttles — one runs between the Gamble House, Pasadena History Museum and the Los Angeles Police Museum; the other between the Police Museum, the Lummis Home and Gardens, and the Southwest Museum.

No shuttles will go to Heritage Square, which is .4 mile walk from the Lummis Home.

From the Gold Line Memorial Park station it is an .8 mile walk to the Gamble House, passing the Pasadena Museum of History. Walnut Street goes over the freeway to both museums.

 

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No Pants Metro Ride Takes Off Again

Bottom's up on the Expo Line!

Cheeky riders hang out on the Expo Line.

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Bottoms Up on the Red Line and Expo Line!

On January 8th, 2016, the 9th Annual No Pants Metro Ride travels from Union Station to Santa Monica, starting at 1 pm.

Started by New York City provocateurs Improv Everywhere in 2002, No Pants subway, tram, and metro rides now happen in at least 32 cities in North America, Australia, and Europe, from Adelaide to Zurich, and even in Jerusalem.

tongva-park-mapGuerilLA is organizing this year’s event, which starts at Union Station and travels on the Red Line and the Expo Line to the Santa Monica Station, where participants will gather at nearby Tongva Park, a short stroll from the station, then go to an afterparty. While traveling without pants is not illegal, going totally bottomless violates the law and is strongly discouraged.

Participants will meet in the north or south patios and travel in six groups, assigned by the first letters of their last names, and will depart at staggered times to avoid overloading the trains. See the GuerrilLA instructions page for details including meeting times and locations.

We traveled last year with a group from the Culver City Station to Union Station, where we met with other groups and moved on to the Hollywood/Highland Station. The atmosphere was festive, and the expressions of passengers and passersby were delightful.

Here are a few photos from last year:

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The Expo Line Goes to the Sea!

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Strike Up the Band: First Expo Line Train to Santa Monica!

May 20, 2016, 12:00 PM

Hundreds of Metro riders were on the Culver City Station platform waiting for the first train to Santa Monica.

Hundreds of Metro riders were on the Culver City Station platform waiting for the first train to Santa Monica.

Hundreds of people were on the platform at Culver City Station waiting for the first Expo Line train to Santa Monica. We were there, too — we had to be!

The train was almost full when it arrived — many people got on the train along the way from 7th/Metro Station. Most of the passengers were regular Metro patrons, although there were also some media people and VIPs. There was also a phalanx of Sheriff’s deputies at the doors, anticipating the crowd waiting at Culver City.

Cell phone paparazzi greet the first Expo Line train between LA and Santa Monica.

Cell phone paparazzi greet the first Expo Line train between LA and Santa Monica.

As the train pulled in, there was a rush of excitement. But when the doors opened, the deputies had to restrain the crowd because there was so little space on the train. We had expected this, so we were there early and staked out a spot on the platform where the front doors of the first car opened. We were able to squeeze in along with only a half-dozen other riders.

We had visions of the infamous subway and train crowds at rush hour in Japan, where white-gloved employees pack riders into the cars so efficiently and forcefully that there is literally no personal space left. Fortunately, Metro doesn’t employ pushers.

Those who were unable to get on were visibly disappointed, but the train operator announced that another train would be coming in a few minutes. No one tried to push past the deputies and the train departed with cheers from the lucky passengers on board.

A crowd waited for the train on the platform of the Westwood/Rancho Park Station.

A crowd waited for the train on the platform of the Westwood/Rancho Park Station.

Because we were at the front of the first car, we were very close to the door into the operator’s cabin. A Metro media staff member was standing next to us, and he asked the supervisor in the cabin to slide down the window in the cabin door, allowing us to photograph the view through the front windows of the train.

Healthy crowds awaited this first train at every one of the new stations: Palms, Westwood/Rancho Park, Expo/Sepulveda, Expo/Bundy, 26th St./Bergamot, 17th St./SMC, and Downtown Santa Monica.

Just as at the Culver City Station, the anxious potential riders were disappointed to find that there was no room for them. The exception to this repeated scene was at the Expo/Bundy Station, where one of the riders announced that this was her stop and she wanted to get off the train. Once she squeezed her way out, one lucky person was able to squeeze in.

 

Crowds jammed the train platforms at every station for the first Expo Line train to Santa Monica.

The crowds on the platforms at Culver City Station and the following six stations were nothing compared to the huge, boisterous group waiting at the Santa Monica Downtown Station. Arriving riders were asked to leave the train, exit the platform, and go to the back of the long lines of people waiting to get on board. Fortunately, the weather was sunny, with a cool sea breeze helping to keep the wait comfortable.

Huge, boisterous crowds at the Santa Monica Downtown Station waited to get on the trains.

Kamisha Myvett operated the first passenger-carrying train to Santa Monica.

Kamisha Myvett operated the first passenger-carrying train to Santa Monica.

This was an auspicious beginning to the new Metro service, which will take about 46 minutes to traverse the distance between 7th/Metro Station in Downtown Los Angeles and  Santa Monica Downtown Station. After six decades, you can once again ride the rails between Downtown Los Angeles and Downtown Santa Monica following much of the route of the old Red Cars.

The Metro Duo is very excited to have been on the first passenger-carrying train on the completed Expo Line. Thanks are due to Kamisha Myvett, who smoothly operated this very heavily loaded train and graciously informed disappointed riders that there would be room on the next trains. Thanks are also owed to Paul Gonzales, Metro’s media staffer in the first car, for enabling our photography through the front windows of the train.

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Artist Judithe Hernandez created 24 panels of artwork at Downtown Santa Monica Station based on ancient myths and legends of Europe, Mexico, Japan, India, Latin America, Iran, Russia, Native America, Polynesia and Africa.

The New Expo Line Map

The Metro Expo Line runs between Downtown LA at 7th Street/Metro Center and Downtown Santa Monica.

 

 

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