El Pueblo de Los Angeles Historical Monument is near the site of the early Los Angeles pueblo or town where forty-four settlers of Native American, African and European heritage journeyed more than one-thousand miles across the desert from present-day northern Mexico and established a farming community in September 1781. Since that time, Los Angeles has been under the flags of Spain, Mexico, and the United States and has grown into one of the world’s largest metropolitan areas.
Today, as a department of the City of Los Angeles, El Pueblo is a living museum that continues to fulfill its unique role as the historic and symbolic heart of the city. We attract over 2 million visitors annually who are eager to view 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 Center
- Sepulveda House
- La Plaza United Methodist Church, Museum of Social Justice
- Our Lady Queen of Angels Church
El Pueblo is a major gathering spot, event venue, and cultural hub in the heart of downtown Los Angeles. Check out this El Pueblo Site Map to learn more.
Easily accessible by public transportation, personal automobile, and bicycle.
In 2015, The American Planning Association designated Olvera Street as one of the "Great Places of America." In 2019, the California Chapter of the American Planning Association designated El Pueblo de Los Angeles as a "Great Place in Calfornia."
A visit to the birthplace of Los Angeles is an experience you will not forget!