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America Tropical Interpretive Center

125 Paseo de la Plaza, Los Angeles, California
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Type: Museums & Monuments and Interesting Neighborhoods
Ages: Ages 8 — adult
Cost: Free

A small museum-type center that showcases the mural painted by David Alfaro Siqueiros- "America Tropical." There is access to a viewing platform to see the mural.

1 Review for America Tropical Interpretive Center

October 07 2014
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"Good but confusing"

When we walked into the center for "America Tropical" it honestly took me quite a while to figure out what the center was all about. I could see the large mural image in black and white on one wall that was obviously a large photo and there were banks of computers with headphones. The kids wanted to touch the interactive screens so we started there. I quickly got the idea that the center was about 1 artist and the murals he had painted.

The guides were welcoming and one handed me a very nice children's guide to the mural. 4 of them actually. There was lots of info inside and even activities to help them learn more.

I thought we were done after 10 minutes or so of learning about an artist we weren't really interested in and then as we were leaving, the guide asked if we wanted to see the actual mural. Now I was interested. It was all making sense. There was an actual mural painted somewhat over historic Olvera Street and that's what this center is about! We went up the elevator and stood on the viewing platform. Unfortunately the glaringly white roof top in front of us made it hard to see the mural that was several buildings away... but at least we saw it. My kids looked for 2 seconds and were done. Oh well.

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