Wednesday, May 6, 2015


Spring Walking Tour!  Led by Bob Inman              Saturday, April 2, 2016, 1pm to 3:30pm

Join the Living Museum for a walking tour of Mt Washington. Involves hilly terrain and stairs. Bob Inman, urban hiking expert, will lead a fascinating walk through a portion his ambitious 220-mile Urban Trail project that connects Mountains to Ocean across the stair streets and sidewalks of Los Angeles. During this tour we will explore Mt Washington environs and talk about the cultural and natural resources found along the route. 
Special Bonus: we arranged, for this tour only, to have a secret, never used path to be unlocked, allowing us enchanting access to the Southwest Museum and 12 acres of sweeping views. Special thanks to the Autry Museum.
Wear shoes good for both pavement and dirt path. Please hydrate and carry water. This tour requires a certain level of endurance, requires walking up several flights of stairs and some hilly terrain.

Where: Meet at Southwest Museum Metro Goldline Station
RSVP:     $5 suggested donation at time of tour



Sycamore Grove Walking Tours by the Highland Park Heritage Trust

Next tours: June 27, August 22, October 24 & December 19 (Saturdays) at 10AM  
Tour Length:  2-1/4 hours

This walking tour explores the rich and varied architectural and social history of the Sycamore Grove area of Highland Park, one of Los Angeles’ oldest neighborhoods.

Cost: $10 for non-members 
For more information and reservations:

Tuesday, August 12, 2014


Jump on your Bike and Explore with Us!  Museum Riders, Sunday May 17th 2015 1pm-4pm  The Living Museum and Flying Pigeon bike shop are celebrating MOTA day by co-sponsoring 'Museum Riders'.  We will tour the greater Sycamore Grove area via an easy bike ride with stops at the Southwest Museum and the Lummis Home. The ride will also feature pit stop conversations that will explore local art, architecture and history along the way, including Avenue 50 Studios and the historic Cycleway with author Dan Koeppel (a contributor to  "LAttitudes: an Atlas to LA."), plus other fascinating luminaries. Enticing Refreshments provided. Family Friendly. Enjoy a Car Free experience with Easy Metro Goldline access.

Where: Meet at 1pm at Flying Pigeon LA 3404 N. Figueroa St. Los Angeles, CA 90065

RSVP:  Get your tickets at; Simply select 'The Living Museum' from the drop down menu and type 'Museum Riders' in the memo field below it. 
Suggested donation is $20 to benefit restoration of the Southwest Museum Mural.  All donations are tax deductible.

Diorama Action!...Celebrate the 100th Anniversary of the Southwest Museum

 in the Mayan Tunnel

10AM to 4PM, Saturday, August 16, 2014 at the Southwest Museum

Visit the Living Museum in the Mayan Tunnel to see an art installation of diorama’s by the students of  LFCSA & Franklin Sr. High.  An original, 1920’s era Mayan Tunnel diorama will brought back for viewing for the special one day event. 
More information 

The 100th Anniversary events at the Southwest Museum
10 AM Reception      Autry President & CEO W. Richard West, Jr. &  City Council Member Gil Cedillo.   Breakfast pastries and refreshments will be served.
11 AM Program        Presentations about the National Register museum, designed by the noted local architecture firm Hunt & Burns.   Q&A will follow the program.  Please RSVP at under “Events” 
All Day                   Wander and enjoy the historic building, gardens and views, Visit the Braun Library for a special archive display . Visit the Mayan Tunnel to see "Diorama Action! Exploring Themes of Charles Lummis & the Arroyo Seco"

Monday, August 11, 2014


Lummis Day 2014

The Living Museum at Lummis Day 2014, the Festival of the Northeast LA.
In the gardens of the Lummis Home, the students of Los Feliz Charter School for the Arts presented the culmination of their exploration of the Living Museum. The young artists created a stunning series of public art installations in the garden, exploring the themes of the Living Museum, including Charles Lummis, Historic Preservation, the Southwest Museum and the Mayan Tunnel, the ecology of the Arroyo Seco and the native people who lived along the Arroyo. Many of the works were interactive, inviting the community to add their thoughts, dreams and poetry to the artistic process.  

Artist in Residency at Los Feliz Charter School for the Arts

The Living Museum represented by Louisa Van Leer was the artist in residence at Los Feliz Charter School for the Arts. During the 2 month residency, we brought over one hundred 5th and 6th graders out to tour the Living Museum and to explore the history of Sycamore Grove and the Arroyo Seco. We brought in local experts t...o talk to the students in depth, including Suzanne Lummis, Poet, Tonatzin Carmelo, Actor & Tongva tribal member, Christina Morris, regional director of the National Trust for Historic Preservation and Jane Tsong, local artist and expert on the North Branch of the Arroyo Seco. 

KCET Youth Departures did a wonderful feature on the student's whole immersive exploration...check it out!

Inaugural Event

Over 350 people joined us in Sycamore Grove  to kick off The Living Museum public Initiative on March 8, 2014.  It was a beautiful all day event with walking tours, music, art and design with many visitors experiencing the Sycamore Grove District for the first time.  Ronald Rocha documents the day in his article for "Our Cornerstone" newsletter: