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Art Tours

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.

To find out about upcoming tours and other public programs produced by Metro Art, sign up for our email list by clicking on the Artist Opportunities tab above.

Docents will provide tour attendees with free pre-loaded TAP cards for tours including transit; this includes the First Saturday, First Sunday and Segundo sábado tour.

Interested in becoming a part of the Metro Art Docent Council?
Please contact Barbara Lashenick for an application at 213.922.2738.

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.

En este corto video, guías hispanohablantes guían a los asistentes a través de Union Station, compartiendo sobre las obras de arte y la arquitectura histórica de la estación.

Year Round Tours

First Saturday ( 10:00 am - 12:00pm)
2018: 1/06, 2/03, 3/03, 4/07, 5/05, 6/02, 7/07, 8/04, 9/01, 10/06, 11/03, 12/01

Meet promptly at 10:00 am at the street level entrance to the North Hollywood Metro Rail Station (Red Line) at Lankershim / Chandler.

First Sunday ( 10:00am - 12:00pm)
2018: 1/07, 2/04, 3/04, 4/01, 5/06, 6/03, 7/01, 8/05, 9/02, 10/07, 11/04, 12 /02

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.

Segundo sábado ¡en español! ( 10:30am - 12:30pm)
2018: 1/13, 2/10, 3/10, 4/14, 5/12, 6/9, 7/14, 8/11, 9/08, 10/13, 11/10, 12/08 -- ¡ en español!

Union Station Art and Architecture Tour ( 10:30am - 12:30pm)
2018: 1/14, 2/11, 3/11, 4/08, 5/13, 6/10, 7/08, 8/12, 9/09, 10/14, 11/11, 12/9

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.

Special Request Tours

Free art tours for groups of 10 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.

General Information

  • The tours are aproximatley 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, visit destination discounts . 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).
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