La Plaza de Cultura Y Artes

La Plaza de Cultura Y Artes

La Plaza de Cultura Y Artes
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12:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Monday
12:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Wednesday
12:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Thursday
12:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Friday
12:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Saturday
12:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Sunday
12:00 PM - 7:00 PM
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The mission of LA Plaza de Cultura y Artes is to celebrate and cultivate an appreciation for the enduring and evolving influence of Mexican and Mexican-American culture, with a specific focus upon the unique Mexican-American experience in Los Angeles and Southern California. LA Plaza de Cultura y Artes is the nation's premier center of Mexican American culture. Providing an experience unlike any other, LA Plaza's interactive exhibits and dynamic programs invite visitors to explore as well as contribute to the ongoing story of Mexican Americans in Los Angeles and beyond. Located near the site where Los Angeles was founded in 1781, LA Plaza's 2.2-acre campus includes two historic and newly renovated buildings (the Vickrey-Brunswig Building and Plaza House) surrounded by 30,000 square feet of public garden.
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JohnW-Davis
Davis, CA19 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2022
Great local museum to learn about Chicano and Mexican-American history. Is in a restored historic building and has a great combination of critical history and patriotic Mexican contributions to the United States.

We went with our 8 year old & 19 year old and each one learned a lot (as did we) and enjoyed the interactive exhibits. A nice way to start a visit to Olvera street and the oldest part of LA and balance out the glitz and beach life.
Written 27 March 2022
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wireless_in_CA
United States4,983 contributions
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May 2021 • Friends
The museum was closed when we visited but the gardens were worth visiting. It was well cultivated, very modern and well thought out. The displays were very informative and covered some important history about Mexican American migration. The wooden coyote sculpture by Alfredo Gutierrez stood out and was just one of many located along the migrant train route from Southern to Northern Mexico. Another piece of the Berlin Wall, the other in Loyola Marymount University, was erected at the front and was a gift of the citizens of Berlin to a former president to remind him of what walls does to its citizens and the success when the walls were removed. Very apt.
Written 6 June 2021
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Estmarie65
Laguna Niguel, CA11 contributions
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Aug 2018
I have been to La Plaza de Cultura y Artes a few times, each time to see a different exhibit of Mexican American history and art. It is free to the public and always has interesting displays of the historical contributions of the Mexican American in California. One exhibit that was of interest to me was the Mexican American baseball teams that were very active in the 50's in the Southwest. These baseball leagues were a big part of Sunday afternoons at the local parks in Boyle Heights. This exhibit brought back many old memories for me of watching my Dad play ball in these leagues. Another exhibit featured the Walk Outs of the high school students of the Los Angeles Unified School District in 1968. Every visit to this gem of a museum offers a glimpse of the history of Los Angeles and its ties to the Mexican American Culture. A must see not only for Latinos but for those visiting Los Angeles and those that live here!
Written 2 July 2019
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Brian
Los Angeles, CA764 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2019 • Family
I found out that this museum was free, so I decided to go and visit this place. I honestly had low expectations... turns out it was one of the best museums in all of LA! There was so much information that really shocked me but it opens your eyes to the reality of what used to be. The history I never heard, now being shown to me. What made it so memorable to me was that it had so many interactive sections, including many where you are actually free to write your thoughts about things. The staff here are super friendly, and it is actually a very engaging experience! You can smell things, try on things, draw, write, and more. I definitely see myself coming back!! Make sure to donate at the end!!
Written 27 June 2019
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ExperiencedTravelers
Los Angeles, CA611 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2019 • Business
A great place to check out, especially the exhibit on the second floor. They have changing other exhibits which are interesting.
No need to worry about the price, since admission is free. Plus they have the best restrooms around!
Written 24 May 2019
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cnd324
Omaha, NE28 contributions
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Feb 2019 • Couples
We really enjoyed our visit. The permanent exhibits are very well done and informative. The two temporary exhibits; a photography exhibit "Landscapes and Land Dwellers" and "Ya Basta!", the history of the 1968 student walkout were fantastic. The museum is free, and also open on Mondays, when most museums are closed. There is not much signage out front, so it's easy to miss.
Written 25 February 2019
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Thangam M
Chennai1,466 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2018 • Couples
Located in El Pueblo de Los Angeles Historical Monument, LA Plaza de Cultura y Artes better known as La Plaza, is a project of LA County and a Smithsonian Affiliate. It occupies the ground and first floor of the 1888 Vickrey-Brunswig Building and the 1883 Plaza House at El Pueblo de Los Angeles Historic Monument.

The building is adjacent to La Placita Church across Main Street, directly in line with the gazebo in the Old Plaza. Despite its Spanish name and its focus on the Mexican and Mexican-American experience, the exhibits are largely in English.

La Plaza showcases the story of Mexican Americans in Los Angeles and is the premier center of Mexican American culture. It aims to celebrate and cultivate an appreciation for the influence of Mexican culture, especially with reference to its manifestation in Los Angeles and Southern California.

It celebrates the past and energizes the future by sharing the stories of history, culture, values, traditions of Mexicans, Mexican Americans and all Latinos in the founding and ongoing evolution of Southern California.

The vehicles it uses for this purpose are exhibitions, public programmes and educational programmes. It has interactive, colourful exhibits that encourage visitors to explore the ongoing story of Mexican Americans in LA and in the US as a whole.

The permanent exhibitions here include:
• LA Starts Here!
• Calle Principal: Mi Mexico en Los Angeles

We found the LA Starts Here! exhibit extremely interesting. It uses multimedia displays, artefacts and storyboards to provide an introduction to the forty-four people from eleven families who were recruited from New Spain in 1781 to colonize Los Angeles.

These original eleven families were of Mulato, Indio, Espanol, Negro and Mestizo descent. It traces the journey from the first settlers to the new immigrants. There are also touchscreens to view photos, video clips and stories of notable Mexican Americans.

La Plaza is open Monday, Wednesday and Thursday from noon to 5pm and Friday through Sunday between noon and 6pm. Tuesday is closed. Admission is free.
Written 31 January 2019
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lasydaisymoo
Wiltshire, UK48 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2018 • Solo
This museum and gallery was not in my plans when I visited downtown LA but I am so glad I stumbled upon it. I learned so much from the exhibits and clearly presented information. Upstairs were two specialist exhibitions including a fascinating history of the school walk outs of 1968 and an interactive guide to life in the 1920s. This is a little gem.
Written 15 August 2018
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Stacy S
7 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2018
Great museum. Rotating exhibits relating to Mexican American and Los Angeles history. Donations optional. Museum events are free and their gift store holds unique items. Highly recommended spot if you would like to know more about la history.
Written 1 May 2018
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Michael T
Los Angeles, CA870 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2018 • Family
LA Plaza De Culturas y Artes (LA Plaza for short) is a very cool free museum! It is a Mexican American museum and cultural center. There are a ton of free museums in the area, but I think this one wins for best experience. It is much bigger than it looks and there is a lot of information! I wish the Italian American Museum upped their game to rival this one in size. We really enjoyed ourselves here. The staff member was SUPER nice and charming too.

The Gateway to Nature is a small nature center with various activities or children to learn about nature. It's pretty cool as they're not trying to sell you anything... they just want you to come in, learn and have a good time. My toddler was getting a bit antsy from all the museums we were visiting, so this was a nice break where he could go in, sit down and color 'til his heart was content. He was even given a free comic book about Smokey The Bear!

This isn't a huge place, but I'm very thankful that this was here.

Make this into a day trip! My toddler and I literally visited 6 museums! There are small museums all around here and almost all of them are free! Start your journey with a walk down Olvera Street! Catch the Avila Adobe, maybe have lunch or a snack. Then walk across the way and visit The Chinese American Museum, the Plaza Firehouse Museum and the new Gateway to Nature (which is a nature center full of things for kids to do). Then walk across the street to La Plaza De Culturas y Artes museum. Maybe poke your head into Our Lady of Angeles Church. I'm very Atheist, but this is historic as it's literally what named and started Los Angeles. Then continue down Main street and hit up the American Tropical Historical Museum and end with the Italian American Museum! There are a few other things in there too I think I missed. A great day!
Written 26 April 2018
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  • Wed - Mon 12:00 PM - 7:00 PM