Metro offers 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.
Free tours are offered the first Thursday, Saturday and Sunday of every month. The tours are roundtrip and last approximately 2 hours. No reservations are required!
First Thursday - Meet promptly at 7pm at the street level entrance to the Hollywood/Highland Metro Rail Station on Hollywood Bl near the corner with Highland Av. If driving to Hollywood/Highland station, park at the Visitors' Center at the Hollywood/Highland shopping center complex. Stores will provide a partial parking validation with purchase.
First Saturday - Meet promptly at 10am at the street level entrance to the Hollywood/Highland Metro Rail Station on Hollywood Bl near the corner with Highland Av. If driving to Hollywood/Highland station, park at the Visitors' Center at the Hollywood/Highland shopping center complex to obtain partial parking validation.
First Sunday - Meet promptly at 10am 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.
Special Request Tours
Free art tours for groups of 15 or more are available by special arrangement. More information is available by calling 213.922.2738 or by clicking Art Tours.
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.
School tours are available for students in the 5th grade and above.
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.
Metro Safety and New Rider Orientation Tours
Metro’s Transit Safety group leads safety and new rider orientation tours. Interested groups must call two weeks prior to the desired date of the safety tour. Tours are not provided to children under five. Schools must provide a minimum of one teacher/chaperone per ten students. All tour groups must meet at Metro headquarters at Union Station. Tours are conducted Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Tours last approximately 90 minutes. For more information about safety/new rider orientation tours, please call 213.922.4050.
Following the safety/new rider orientation tour, participants may continue to use their tour badge for the remainder of the day on the Metro Bus or Metro Rail systems at no charge.