Calle Principal: Mi México en Los Ángeles | Permanent Exhibition | 2d Floor

This interactive and educational permanent exhibition invites families to explore the sights, sounds, and smells of downtown Los Angeles during the 1920s. Calle Principal is an immersive recreation of Main Street, the one time heart of Los Angeles’s Mexican, Mexican-American and immigrant communities—and the street LA Plaza sits on today.

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UNCENSORED – L.A. History: A Mexican Perspective

In 1990, Barbara Carrasco’s L.A. History: A Mexican Perspective, a portable mural about the history of Los Angeles, was temporarily displayed at Union Station. A decade earlier, the mural was censored by Los Angeles’s Community Redevelopment Agency, which had commissioned the work. As such, L.A. History: A Mexican Perspective was

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¡Murales Rebeldes! L.A. Chicana/o Murals Under Siege

Los Angeles was once the mural capital of the world. Thousands of murals were painted in the city during the late twentieth century, most of them by Chicana/o artists. These artworks called attention to the unequal treatment of Mexicans and Mexican Americans; celebrated Chicana/o heritage and neighborhoods; and expressed pride

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Landscapes & Land Dwellers: Photography of Place by Rafael Cardenas

Take a walk with self-taught photographer Rafael Cardenas as he traverses northeast, east, and downtown L.A. Through new and rarely-exhibited photographs, Cardenas explores the intimate relationship between land and people, demonstrating how the two come together to create place. Landscapes and Land Dwellers offers personal entry into the layers of

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!Ya Basta! The East L.A. Walkouts and the Power of Protest

During one week in 1968, ten thousand East Los Angeles high school students walked out of class. Protesting unequal conditions in their schools, they ignited a movement. In celebration of the 50th anniversary of the East Los Angeles walkouts, ¡Ya Basta! brings the story of this important moment in the

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