Free tours of the historic houses are offered Wednesday-Sunday at 1:00, 2:00, 3:00, & 4:00 p.m. The only way to see the houses is on a tour.
We are always looking for helping hands with everything from guiding tours to running the Museum Store! No experience is necessary.
You can use portions of the Homestead Museum to take photographs of your special celebration. Reservations are required and fees apply.
12:30 PM - 4:00 PM
Through the Viewfinder: A Panoramic Photo of Los Angeles, ca. 1883
by Paul R. Spitzzeri During the 1880s, Los Angeles transitioned from a larger town trapped in a long economic recession after its first sustained growth period collapsed in the mid-1870s to a booming small city thanks to the famed Boom of the Eighties, which peaked from 1886 to 1888. One of the best ways to... Continue Reading →
On This Day: A Letter Sent to the Army Balloon School, Arcadia, 18 July 1918
by Paul R. Spitzzeri Unfortunately, but predictably, the centennial of World War I has been scantly commemorated the last two years. The Homestead has hosted a lecture series, put together an exhibit in our gallery, and touched upon the war in posts on this blog, but there has been very little locally and nationally by... Continue Reading →
From Point A to Point B: A Tally-Ho Carriage Tour, Los Angeles, 1902
by Paul R. Spitzzeri Before the tour bus and, before that, the streetcar, became the way for out-of-town visitors (and some locals) to see the sights in greater Los Angeles, tourists could take a ride through the region on a horse-drawn carriage. A remnant of this method of travel is still occasionally found in some... Continue Reading →
Take It On Faith: A Press Photo of Nishi Hongwanji Buddhist Temple, Little Tokyo, Los Angeles, 1927
by Paul R. Spitzzeri In one of the many stirring stories of persistence in the face of repression and racism prevalent in early 20th century greater Los Angeles, the small, but growing and vibrant community of Japanese immigrants in downtown’s LIttle Tokyo achieved a milestone when a Buddhist temple was established in 1905. Eventually known... Continue Reading →