The Heritage Square Museum is located just off highway 110. You may have seen a few of the pieces off the highway. The museum provides a peaceful break from the fast-pace of downtown L.A. They also have a fancy new website!
The museum is really a collection of old homes that are open for tours. It is not exactly what you would initially think of when you think of a museum. Just imagine that each house is a museum piece and the items inside each house are another piece within a museum piece. You know, like Inception, except a little less confusing. The collection of homes combine to represent early California Victorian architecture during the turn of the 20th century.
We decided to visit during a classic car show. I figured that it would be optimal, since we could see some classic cars in addition to the homes. It turned out that they were not offering their conventional guided tours on that day, but they opened up three homes that they usually don’t have open. One of the homes, the Octagon House, had not yet been restored, which was a pretty neat contrast with the other restored homes. One of the homes featured a doctors table, and instruments, hearkening back to a day when doctors practiced medicine from their own home. The volunteers were dressed in period clothing, and even a few visitors dressed up, prompting me to try to convince my wife that we start dressing up in victorian clothing when we go out. She didn’t take the bait.
Address: 3800 Homer St. Los Angeles, CA 90031
Cost: $10 admission (senior and AAA discounts).