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