Art Tours

Tour guide gesturing while discussing the art at a Metro station.

 

Metro Art is on pause from our in-person public tours. Visual artworks in public settings – including at stations and other transit facilities, as well as on posters and digital screens – remain on view to transit customers. 
 
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General Information

Metro Art Moves is our free, award-winning series of scheduled and special tours of artwork in the Metro Rail system. Tours are led by trained Metro Art Docent Council volunteers and provide insights into the artworks, artists and art-making processes. Special tours heighten the passenger experience in novel and engaging ways through the perspective, experience and knowledge of artists and cultural experts. 

  • Metro Art tours are approximately 90% walking; there are elevators and escalators in all of the stations.  
  • Docents distribute TAP cards that are loaded with all-day passes, allowing tour participants to ride the Metro Rail and Bus systems for free. Attendees may keep the TAP cards and reload them for future use.  
  • Docents use voice amplifiers to support auditory experience within a public space and wear bright orange safety vests for easy identification.  
  • There are no public restrooms at the stations, but public restrooms are available at Union Station, the Hollywood/Highland shopping complex, and various businesses along the tour routes. 
  • Groups of 10+ people can make special reservations with a minimum of three weeks’ advance notice. We are not currently accepting reservations while tours are on pause.

“I went on a tour of Union Station during the 75th Anniversary celebration and immediately asked how I could do this!  I had a great tour guide, and the tour felt like a mix of a bunch of things I loved – public transit, art, LA historyIt’s really helped me to learn more about those subjects over time and I have a new appreciation for public art in particular.”Metro Art Docent 

Become a Docent with Metro Art 

The Metro Art Docent Council is a dedicated group of volunteers committed to increasing awareness of the broad range of public art in the Metro Rail system through tours that provide insights into the art, the artists, their processes and the surrounding communities they enhance. 

A group of Metro Art docents smiling during a photo.

If you are interested in becoming a volunteer Metro Art Docent, we invite you to review the following information:

For more information about the Metro Art Docent Council Program, email metroart@metro.net