LA Plaza de Cultura y Artes
, better known as LA Plaza
, is a cultural museum dedicated to telling the story of the Mexican origins of Los Angeles and the evolution and contribution of Mexican culture to the city. Given the city's roots, it is rather astounding that it took until 2011 for this cultural center to come into existence. It is a welcome addition to the Latino Landmarks in LA
and the Los Angeles County collection of cultural museums
occupies the first two floors of the 1888 Vickrey-Brunswig Building
and the 1883 Plaza House at El Pueblo de Los Angeles Historic Monument
. The buildings are adjacent to La Placita Church, across Main Street from the gazebo and Mexican Market at Olvera Street, a popular tourist attraction. The entrance to the museum is at the back of the shorter building, away from the street. The campus also includes an outdoor stage and gardens.
Despite the fact that the name of the museum is in Spanish and its subject is the Mexican and Mexican American experience in Los Angeles, the exhibits are only in English. They are planning to create a Spanish language audio tour, but as of the opening, you have to understand English to understand the exhibits.