The Los Angeles Police Museum


6045 York Boulevard, Los Angeles

Opened in 2001, the museum displays the rich history of the LAPD from its 1869 beginnings. Located in the 1925 Highland Park Police Station, the museum was salvaged and restored to its original Renaissance Revival style and is a registered National Historic landmark.


  • MOTA Day visitors can tour the facilities which feature private collections and historical memorabilia that date back to the late 1800s.
  • “Out of the Vault Exhibit:” a chair once used inside the Newtown Street Police Station to photograph persons arrested by the LAPD. The photographs, commonly referred to as “mug shots,” are better known throughout the LAPD as booking photos.
  • Check out vehicle shelter where kids can climb into a retired police helicopter.
  • Visitors can experience  a real jail cell and snap their own free police booking photos.
  • View other fascinating permanent exhibitions about police and crime in LA!


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