Metro Art Moves is a free series of regularly scheduled and special tours of artwork in the Metro Rail system. Regular tours are led by trained Metro Art Docent Council volunteers and provide insights into the artworks, artists and art-making processes. Special tours heighten the passenger experience in novel and engaging ways through the perspective, experience and knowledge of artists and cultural experts. Tours are free. Reservations are not required.
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See the art tours in action!
In this short video, docents and artists lead adventurous tour-goers through the Metro Rail system—some taking transit for the first time—visiting artworks at different stations and learning how to use TAP cards along the way.
Day of the Dead Art Tour
Saturday, October 29
4:00 - 6:00pm (3:00 face painting)
A celebration of the lives of those who have passed on will be held on a special Día de los Muertos themed art tour. The free, one-night-only tour will explore artworks along the Metro Red Line through the lens of artist and poet Consuelo Flores. The tour will depart from the Universal City/Studio City Station at 4:00pm, but come early for free face painting at the station starting at 3:00pm. The tour will end with a viewing of the ofrendas on display at Grand Park. No reservations required.
Union Station Tours
Second Sunday (1/10, 2/14, 3/13, 4/10, 5/8, 6/12, 7/10, 8/14, 9/11, 10/9, 11/13, 12/11)
10:30am - 12:30pm
Begins at the information booth inside the Alameda Street entrance to historic Union Station
Led by trained Metro Art Docents, the tours will cover historic Union Station art, architecture and spaces not generally open to the public, including the Historic Ticketing Hall and former Fred Harvey restaurant. Additionally, the tours will explore artworks located in the Gold Line Portal, Union Station East and inside the Metro Gateway Headquarters Building.
Segundo sábado (1/9, 3/12, 5/14, 7/9, 9/10, 11/12) -- ¡en español!
10:30am - 12:30pm
Dirigido por guías calificados de Metro Art, los tours abarcan el arte, arquitectura y los espacios no abiertos al público del histórico Union Station, incluyendo la histórica sala de billetes y el antiguo restaurante Fred Harvey. Además, los tours exploraran obras situadas en el portal de Metro Gold Line, el este de Union Station y dentro del edificio central de Metro Gateway. Los tours son gratis. No se requieren reservaciones. Los tours se reúnen en la caseta de información dentro de la entrada de la calle Alameda del histórico Union Station.
Year Round Tours
FREE 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.
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.
10:00am - 12:00pm
Meet promptly at 10:00 am at the information booth inside the entrance to historic Union Station at 800 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.
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).