The mestizaje nature of Mexican culture, that is, the intermingling of indigenous and Hispanic traditions, has led to the inclusion of some recommendations that might also be included on a Native American list.
Autry Museum Of The American West
234 Museum Drive
Los Angeles, CA 90065
The collections of this museum represent Native American cultures from Alaska to South America and include important collections of Mesoamerican Pre-Columbian pottery and textiles as well as Hispanic folk and decorative arts.
Chicano Resource Center
East Los Angeles Public Library
4801 East 3rd Street
Los Angeles, CA 90022
Operated by the Los Angeles County Public Library system, this resource center contains an outstanding collection of materials about Mexican and Mexican American cultures and people. Beautiful oversized art and pictorial anthropology books, music CD's, videos, film strips, current subscriptions to Latino magazines, and a vast clipping file compliment the nonfiction and fiction collection that is mostly on the high school and adult level. (Bilingual and Spanish children's books are available in the regular library shelves adjacent to the Resource Center.)
El Pueblo De Los Angeles State Historic Park
845 North Alameda Street.
Los Angeles, CA 90012
This 44 acre state historic park includes the oldest building in the city, Avila Adobe, and several other historic buildings, as well as the open Mexican market along Olvera Street. Free walking tours of the park are conducted on Tuesdays-Saturdays starting at 130 Paseo de la Plaza, and all are welcome at the Sunday service at La Placita Church. The park's Visitor Center is in the Sepulveda House which features an interpretive display on the history and culture of the pueblo.
Sabor y Cultura
5625 Hollywood Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90028
Located in the heart of Hollywood, California, Sabor y Cultura is a full gourmet coffee bar, community art gallery and bookstore featuring titles about or by Latinos/as and Latin & Indigenous America.
Los Angeles County Museum of Art
5905 Wilshire Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90036
Works of art from the pre-Columbian Americans are on view in the Boone and Pauley galleries. These galleries feature objects from the major Mesoamerican culture areas including Olmec, Teotihuacán, Maya, and Aztec civilizations. The chronological span ranges from 1200 B.C. to A.D.1519.
1038 So. Hill Street
Los Angeles, CA 90015
Fri. and Sat. 9 p.m.-3 a.m., free salsa lessons with paid admission on Sat. 8-9 p.m.
No need to go with a dance partner. If you go early you can pick one up at the lessons. Dancers (and spectators) of all cultures and ages join in the fun.
Museum of Latin American Art
628 Alamitos Ave.
Long Beach, CA 90802
This small museum showcases the work of Latin American artists and film makers. Exhibits rotate, so give them a call. In the summer they run an art camp for children ages 6-16.
Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County
900 Exposition Park
Los Angeles, CA 90007
Ancient Mayan artifacts are on display in the pre-Columbian collection. A members loan service (Th 2:30-4:30, Sa 10-1) located in the hands-on Discovery Room allows members to borrow museum quality artifacts including the excellent classroom study kit, "Visiones del Pueblo."
Plaza de la Raza
3540 North Mission Road
Los Angeles, CA 90031
Fronting a small lake in Lincoln Park, Plaza de la Raza provides a theater, classrooms, and office space, and serves as a cultural and educational center for the Latino community. Call for program listings.
Plaza of Mexican Heritage-Forest Lawn Cemetery
6300 Forest Lawn Drive
Los Angeles, CA 90068
Precise replicas of artifacts and sculpture are on display in the sculpture garden adjacent to the small but informative museum in this unexpected location. The fascinating histories of the Olmec, Zapotec, Teotihuacan, Toltec, Maya, Aztec, Huastec and Totonac civilizations are introduced.
Self-Help Graphics & Art
1300 E. 1st Street
Los Angeles, CA 90033
Self-Help Graphics & Art is a non-profit visual arts center serving the predominantly Latino community of Los Angeles. Artistic programming includes printmaking and silkscreen workshops, youth art programs, and an on-site exhibition space and store. Annual highlights include the Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) celebrations and exhibitions in November and the annual print sale at the end of June.
Tia Chucha's Centro
12737 Glenoaks Boulevard #22
Sylmar, Ca 91343
Where art and minds meet-For a change.
Resources include great books; workshops on the arts and literature; spoken word, musical, and theatrical performances; an art gallery and workspace; and a technological center to help bridge the digital divide in our communities. Recently opened by author Luis Rodriguez, his wife, Trini and business man-Chicano activist, Enrique Sanchez.
UCLA Fowler Museum of Cultural History
Los Angeles, CA 90095-1549
Exhibits rotate and often include Mexican emphases. Explores art and material culture primarily from Africa, Asia, Oceania, Native, and Latin America, past and present. It's a good idea to get on their mailing list.