El Pueblo de Los Angeles Historical Monument

El Pueblo de Los Angeles Historical Monument is near the site of the early Los Angeles pueblo or town where forty-four settlers of Native American, African and European heritage journeyed more than one-thousand miles across the desert from present-day northern Mexico and established a farming community in September 1781. Since that time, Los Angeles has been under the flags of Spain, Mexico and the United States and has grown into one of the world’s largest metropolitan areas.

Today, as a department of the City of Los Angeles, El Pueblo is a living museum that continues to fulfill its unique role as the historic and symbolic heart of the city, reflecting the Native American, African American, Spanish, Anglo, Mexican, Chinese, Italian and French cultures that contributed to its early history. Of the monument’s twenty-seven historic buildings, eleven are open to the public as businesses or have been restored as museums.

El Pueblo represents the rich history, culture and ethnic diversity that is the foundation of the City of Los Angeles. The legacies of Mexican, Chinese, Italian, Spanish, African and Indigenous people have each contributed to make Los Angeles the metropolis it is today. Enjoy daily musical entertainment in the Plaza and participate in the various traditional events throughout the year presented by the Olvera Street Merchants.


- Avila Adobe

- Chinese American Museum

- Plaza Firehouse Museum

- Sepulveda House

- Italian American Museum

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Permanent exhibition

This exhibit narrates Chinese immigration to the United States with an emphasis on community settlement in Los Angeles. The display is outlined into four distinct time periods. Each period is defined...

Sun Wing Wo General Store and Herb Shop

Permanent exhibition

This exhibition is a recreation of an actual store that was housed in the Garnier Building in the 1890’s. The Sun Wing Wo store opened in 1891 and remained in this building until 1948. The store was...

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