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Explore Six Museums For Free In May

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You can check out six museums free of charge on May 15th, the annual Museums of the Arroyo Day. On that day, between the hours of noon and 5 p.m., the following spots will be open to guests for free:

  • The Gamble House: The Gamble House was built by architect brothers Charles and Henry Greene in 1908. It was deeded to the City of Pasadena in 1966, and is a National Historic Landmark. On MOTA, guests will be able to tour the home, check out the garden and enjoy refreshments in the backyard. There will also be crafts for children and live music.
  • Heritage Square: Heritage Square is a living history museum established in 1969 featuring Victoria-era architecture and a peek at life in the late 19th Century. Guests can watch woodcarving and blacksmithing demos, speak with costumed docents, and learn dances of the period. There will also be separate activities for children, including crafts.
  • The Los Angeles Police Museum: This museum explores the LAPD, from 1869 to the present. Guests will be able to tour the museum, check out a vintage car, climb in a real retired police chopper, wile away in a jail cell and take a police booking photo.
  • The Lummis Home and Garden: The Lummis Home was built over a dozen years, from 1898 to 1910. Charles Fletcher Lummis was the founder of the Southwest Museum, as once served as an editor at the L.A. Times. Guests can take a self-guided tour, peruse a fine arts market, and there will be crafts and games for children in the garden.
  • The Pasadena Museum of History: This museum presents the history of Pasadena and the San Gabriel Valley. Guests will get to see the current exhibitions, which includes Crossing the Atlantic Quilt by Quilt and Strings Attached: Tradition Meets Contemporary Woven Art. There will be crafts, mini-tours of the 1906 Beaux Arts Fenyes Mansion, and tours of the Finnish Folk Art Museum.
  • The Autry's Historic Southwest Museum Mt. Washington Campus: This scenic spot contains large collections of Native American objects. Their current exhibition is Four Centuries of Pueblo Pottery, and you can also hang out in the museum's garden area.

To gain free entry to any of these fine locations, you must show up before 4 p.m. [h/t We Like LA]