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Metro Art implements the agency's percent for art program, manages the care and maintenance of the system's existing artworks, and directs a volunteer docent council.

From rail and bus stations to construction fences and poetry cards, art creates a sense of place and engages transit riders.

Since 1989, Metro has commissioned artists to incorporate artworks into a wide array of transportation projects throughout Los Angeles County. The agency has received numerous design and artistic excellence awards, and is renowned for its approaches to integrating art into the transit experience, and for engaging artists at all levels of their careers.

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Metro offers free, regularly scheduled, as well as special request, group tours of the artwork in the Metro Rail system. Tours are led by trained Metro Art Docent Council volunteers. The Metro Art Docent Council is committed to increasing awareness of the broad range of art in the Metro Rail system through public tours that provide insights into the artworks, the artists who created them, the processes it took to make them, and the communities they enhance. While docent programs are commonly found at museums around the world, Metro is the first transit agency to benefit from such a program.

Earth Day Art Tour

Saturday, April 26, 2014

11:00am-2:00pm

RSVP for the Earth Day Art Tour

In celebration of Earth Day, take a ride on Metro Rail and explore public art and neighborhood history with Fallen Fruit (David Burns and Austin Young), an art collaboration that uses fruit as a common denominator to change the way people view the world. The three hour event begins with a street-side lemonade stand at the entrance to historic Union Station and ends with an installation of self-portraits, created by participants, at the Armory Center for the Arts in Old Pasadena.

  • 11:00 am Lemonade Stand with Fallen Fruit, outside the Alameda Street entrance to historic Union Station.
  • 12:00 pm Depart from Union Station via Metro Rail.
  • 2:00 pm Arrive at the Armory Center for the Arts. Participants who show their valid TAP card receive a free copy of the Armory’s Art Throughout Pasadena, an exhibition catalogue that documents several recent projects, , including Fallen Fruit's* collaborative art work, "Public Fruit Jam".

(Visit metro.net/discounts for details about this and other special discounts for Metro riders.)

*Fallen Fruit is an art collaboration originally conceived in 2004 by David Burns, Matias Viegener and Austin Young. Since 2013, David and Austin have continued the collaborative work.

Union Station Tours

Tuesdays: May 6, 13, 20 and 27, 5:30-7:30pm
Sundays: May 4, 11, 18 and 25, 10:30am-12:30pm

Special tours are offered throughout the month of May on the occasion of Union Station's 75th anniversary. Led by trained Metro Art Docents, the tours will cover historic Union Station architecture and spaces not generally open to the public, including the old ticket concourse and former Fred Harvey restaurant. Additionally, the tours will explore artworks located in the Gold Line Portal, East Portal and inside the Metro Gateway Headquarters Building. Tours are free. Reservations are not required. Meet at the information booth inside the Alameda Street entrance to historic Union Station.

Spring Tours

First Thursday (February 6, March 6, April 3 and May 1)

5:30pm-7:00pm

Focused on three downtown stations, innovative tours led by Metro Art Docents and local artists foster connections between the workplace and downtown arts and social adventures. Tours are designed for those interested in the downtown cultural scene, and focus on navigating the Metro system, introducing riders to Metro's diverse art collection and highlighting downtown destinations served by rail and bus. Spring tours begin at Union Station at the information kiosk, just inside the Alameda Street entrance, and end at 7th Street/Metro Center Station, near several 213 Nightlife destinations. Tour participants save 15% off their bill at Casey’s Irish Pub, Cole’s French Dip and Ebanos Crossing by showing their valid TAP card to the server when ordering.

Year Round Tours

Docent led tours focus on getting around town using transit, introducing riders to a variety of artworks in Red Line stations, and drawing attention to area destinations served by Metro.

First Saturday

10:00am-12:00pm

Meet promptly at 10:00am at the street level entrance to the Hollywood/Highland Metro Rail Station on Hollywood Blvd. near the corner with Highland Ave. If driving to Hollywood/Highland station, park at the Visitors' Center at the Hollywood/Highland shopping center complex to obtain partial parking validation. This tour is roundtrip.

First Sunday

10:00am-12:00pm

Meet promptly at 10:00 am at the information booth inside the entrance to historic Union Station at 900 Alameda St in Downtown Los Angeles. There is pay parking at Union Station, and metered street parking and pay lots in the immediate area. This tour is roundtrip.

Special Request Tours

Free art tours for groups of 15 or more are available by special arrangement. School tours are available for students in the 5th grade and above.

More information is available by calling 213.922.2738 or by clicking Art Tours.

General Information

The tours are approximately 90% walking; there are elevators and escalators in all the stations.

Docents carry voice amplifiers and wear bright yellow safety vests for easy identification. Docents will provide tour attendees with free TAP cards that are pre-loaded with day passes.

There are no public restrooms available in the stations but there are restrooms available to the public at Union Station and the Hollywood/Highland shopping complex.

Go Metro and save at various places near the tours. For more details, click here. Metro provides Bus and Rail transportation to Downtown Los Angeles till 2AM on Fridays and Saturdays. For your best route or more info, visit the Metro's Trip Planner or call (323) Go Metro or (323.466.3876).


Art Guide

The Art Guide was updated in July 2011 and includes images of all of the artworks in the Metro transit system. It is a perfect complement for self-guided tours and features a system map, artist information and brief descriptions of the artworks.

Download the Art Guide here.

A hard copy of the pocket-sized brochure is available by request. Please call 213.922.4ART or email us, and include your name and mailing address in your message.

Poster Series

Poster Series

"Through the Eyes of Artists" Poster Series As of November 2013

Download the Poster Series Summary.


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