How to Get to MOTA Day

There are many ways to get to MOTA Day!

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 will be available on the surrounding streets of the Gamble House (on Orange Grove) and Pasadena Museum of History on (Walnut Avenue). In Highland Park, parking will be at the Los Angeles Police Museum’s parking lot, on Carlota Street (near Lummis Home and Garden) and the Southwest Museum’s parking lots and surrounding streets. You can also park at the Heritage Square METRO station for free and enter Heritage Square from its south gate (BEST OPTION). 


Cyclists are encouraged to make the MOTA Loop! In Pasadena, bike racks are available at the Pasadena Museum of History (it’s a short walk across the street to visit the Gamble House). Bikes can be parked and locked on the front gate of the Los Angeles Police Museum; likewise the front gate to Heritage Square is a typical place where cyclists can park their bikes (again, it’s a short walk to visit the Lummis House from here). From Pasadena Museum of History to Heritage Square: a mere 6.4 miles!


You can easily reach MOTA Day by taking the Gold Line and exiting the train at either the Southwest Museum stop or the Heritage Square stop — it’s then a short walk to the south entrance of Heritage Square. 


Our three southern Highland Park museums — Heritage Square, Lummis Home and the Southwest Museum — are within walking distance of each other. Download our Highland Park walking map for directions.

Likewise, our Pasadena museums — The Gamble House and Pasadena Museum of History — are virtually across the street from each other.


NOTE: The Highland Park Shuttle DOES NOT stop at Heritage Square. 

Museums of the Arroyo Day will have two free shuttle loops. There will be service between the Gamble House/Pasadena Museum of History and Los Angeles Police Historical Museum (Pasadena route) and between the Los Angeles Police Historical Museum hooking up with Lummis Home and the Southwest (Highland Park route). NOTE: The Highland Park shuttle does NOT stop at Heritage Square. Museum-goers must walk to Heritage Square from Lummis Home, a few short walk.

Download our Shuttle Service/Parking map for directions. Please plan accordingly.

Remember, MOTA Day is from noon to 4 p.m. When making plans to visit, arrange your time appropriately.

Please note: Many of these historic museums have limited accessibility for handicapped individuals. Please check with each museum’s website for additional information.

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