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Avila Adobe

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Easy to Miss

While tourists are roaming up and down Olvera Street looking to shop or eat, it would be easy to... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Kenneth L
Los Angeles, California
Historical Gem

Glad I visited. Almost missed it. Entrance off street is tucked in between 2 buildings... read more

Reviewed 6 October 2018
Ontario, Canada
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Constructed in 1818, this oldest residence in Los Angeles has been restored as an example of the life style in California during the 1840s.
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10 Olvera St, Los Angeles, CA 90012-2921
Central L.A
+1 213-680-2525
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

While tourists are roaming up and down Olvera Street looking to shop or eat, it would be easy to miss this significant historic site. First, you enter through a narrow space between buildings, looks like a service access. Go ahead and enter. It opens to...More

1  Thank Kenneth L
Reviewed 6 October 2018 via mobile

Glad I visited. Almost missed it. Entrance off street is tucked in between 2 buildings. Normally I don't watch videos at these sites but the one produced here was very good. Gave me a snapshot of California history...and the important thing is that it was...More

Thank SKMELove2Travel
Reviewed 11 September 2018

This is a real hidden gem that can be easily lost in Olvera Street that is part of the El Pueblo de Los Angeles Historic Monument. Best of all, it is FREE to visit. The Avila Adobe was constructed in 1811 and constructed with sun-baked...More

1  Thank geotech522
Reviewed 15 August 2018 via mobile

The guide to the house was very knowledgeable and provided a real feel for life in this house from 200 years ago. It was lovely to sit in the peaceful courtyard and take in the environment. An added bonus was the public restroom. Well worth...More

Thank lasydaisymoo
Reviewed 30 July 2018 via mobile

If you come with young kids, especially if you are not from this culture, they may not like it. The house is located in the Mexican market in which arts,crafts, cultural clothes, food, and music could be found.

1  Thank 425bonniew
Reviewed 22 July 2018

will continue to visit this oldest house in LA..I am proud of what my people and ancestors did even if I am from Texas..all this land used to belong to my Mexico..even if I have seen it before, I will keep returning. Everything looks genuinely...More

Thank Marta E
Reviewed 25 May 2018 via mobile

This was well worth the trip! The admission is FREE and the house is well laid. It is a self-guided tour and the video is well done. There is also a public bathroom!

Thank Venture465502
Reviewed 14 May 2018 via mobile

A fascinating piece of Los Angeles history. Made even better by the curator, a very knowledgeable and interesting lady. Many thanks from myself and my partner. We loved it all, especially the fact you made sure we could watch the video of the area together.

Thank DaveAlyth
Reviewed 24 November 2017

Maybe Olvera Street is not that "historic," but the Avila Adobe is. They have some items here which represent the culture and which you don't see anywhere else. Have you ever wondered why there are no fireplaces in adobes like this? Because they used braziers...More

2  Thank barbgal
Reviewed 22 November 2017

This is a quick stop on your way down Olvera Street. We were only there for about 30 minutes and that was plenty of time. It was really interesting to read the history!

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Erica R
20 November 2017|
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The staff, from the groundskeeper to the docent, is super helpful. I think you'll have no problem with any group of 5 taking photos. It's a fascinating place to visit and don't overlook the grape arbor in the entry.