LAS ANGELITAS DEL PUEBLO offers free walking tours of El Pueblo de Los Angeles Historical Monument, home to the Pico House, Olvera Street, the Avila Adobe and other fascinating remnants of our city’s past. Las Angelitas docents guide visitors on an imaginative journey through the early history of Los Angeles from its beginnings as a Spanish farming community, to its heyday as a center of Californio culture during the Mexican rancho period, and, finally, to the changes that accompanied the U.S. takeover, putting Los Angeles on the path to becoming the American metropolis we know today.
Free walking tours of historic El Pueblo de Los Angeles are offered: Tuesday through Saturday 10:00 a.m., 11:00 a.m., and 12:00 p.m.
Complete plaza tours (50-minutes duration) depart from the office on the hour; shorter tours, information or maps are provided between times, and as docents are available.
Walk-ins are welcome. Groups of ten or more, or groups with special needs, should make a reservation by contacting El Pueblo Visitor’s Center at (213) 628-1274.
** Tour requests must be submitted 10 business days prior to the requested tour date. Due to the high volume of tour requests, please allow up to 48 hours to recieve a response. **
Tours start at the office of Las Angelitas del Pueblo on the south side of the Plaza, next to the historic Firehouse. Look for the green awning. On the day of your tour, meet your docent at the office of Las Angelitas del Pueblo a few minutes before your tour is scheduled to begin.
If you need to cancel your tour, please notify the Visitors Center by calling 213-628-1274 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
FREE MUSEUMS & ATTRACTIONS
Over 2 million visitors come to El Pueblo annually to enjoy our free museums and attractions, such as:
- Olvera Street Mexican Marketplace
- Avila Adobe
- Plaza Firehouse
- Italian American Museum of Los Angeles
- Chinese American Museum
- La Plaza de Cultura y Artes
- Pico House
- America Tropical Interpretive Center
- Gateway to Nature - Western National Parks Center
- Sepulveda House
- La Plaza United Methodist Church, Museum of Social Justice
- Our Lady Queen of Angels Church
Museums are open Tuesday through Sunday, 10 am to 3 pm.
The World Famous Olvera Street is open every day of the year, usually from 9 am to 6 pm. Restaurants and shops generally open later during weekends, major events, and summer months.
La Plaza de Cultura y Artes is open daily 12 pm to 5 pm. Closed on Tuesdays.
El Pueblo is a forty-four acre site. Check out this El Pueblo Site Map to get a better understanding of the area.
One of the best ways to learn about the history of El Pueblo, especially for kids, is to try this Scavenger Hunt.
Make it a competition between multiple student groups, and you will see them running from museum to museum, checking historical markers and plaques, trying to complete all the questions.
AMERICA TROPICAL EDUCATIONAL ACTIVITY BOOK
The great Mexican artist David Alfaro Siqueiros painted the mural America Tropical in 1932 on a second story wall of the Italian Hall. It was immediately controversial and later whitewashed due to its political content. A partnership between the City of Los Angeles and the Getty Conservation Institute re-unveiled the mural to the public in 2012. The site includes a rooftop viewing platform, protective shelter, and an interpretive center located in the Sepulveda House on Olvera Street.
Learn more about the mural, the artist, and the tumltuous historical peiod of the early 1930s through this educational activity book.