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1858 Image of Los Angeles

                                                                                                                             View of Los Angeles Plaza in 1858  Source: Los Angeles Public Library 

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:

Free Museums and Attractions

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.  All hours are subject to change. Click here for additional museum hours and information.   Over 2 million visitors come to El Pueblo annually to enjoy our free museums and attractions, such as:

Open Daily: 9 AM - 8 PM

Open Tuesday- Sunday: 9 AM - 4 PM

Plaza Firehouse

Open Tuesday - Sunday: 10 AM - 3 PM
Italian American Museum of Los Angeles

Open Tuesday - Sunday: 10 AM - 3 PM
Chinese American Museum Los Angeles

Open Tuesday - Sunday: 10 AM - 3 PM
La Plaza de Cultura y Artes

Open Wednesday - Sunday: 12 PM - 5 PM; Last entry at 4:30 PM
Pico House
America Tropical Interpretive Center

Open Tuesday - Sunday: 10 AM - 3 PM
Las Angelitas Tour Office

Free Tours Hosted Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 10 AM, 11 AM and 12 PM

Open Tuesday - Sunday: 10 AM - 3 PM

La Plaza United Methodist Church, Museum of Social Justice

Open Thursday - Sunday: 10 AM - 3 PM
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 California." 

A visit to the birthplace of Los Angeles is an experience you will not forget!