The Museum is currently closed due to COVID-19.
The Museum & Education Center are home to a series of diverse Public Programs and Education Initiatives. Revolving Exhibitions showcase the history of Los Angeles and social change from the perspective of the poor, minorities, and other marginalized groups.
The Museum carries on in the tradition of the founder’s commitment to social justice issues such as ministry to the poor, abolition, women’s suffrage, and civil rights. A permanent exhibition detailing the Methodist’s long history of championing social justice causes for the less fortunate. The exhibition features dynamic and rarely seen images from the Museum archives, documenting Los Angeles Methodist’s progressive social work and ethnic outreach endeavors during the long period of Los Angeles’ growth. In conjunction with the permanent exhibition, and moving beyond Methodist activities, the Museum will install temporary exhibitions examining past and present social justice activities culled from a wide variety of amazingly rich and diverse ethnic, religious, and racial communities in the city of Los Angeles and beyond.
The museum is housed in the historic La Plaza United Methodist Church at the intersection of the Los Angeles Plaza and famous Olvera Street. Thanks to its proximity to some of the finest educational institutions the world has to offer, such as California State University, Los Angeles (CSULA), University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), Otis College of Art and Design, and California State University, Northridge (CSUN) the Museum has developed a diverse set of educational and social outreach programs to bring opportunities to the community. These programs continue La Plaza United Methodist Church’s 100 year-old legacy of bringing socio-economic and health related equality to all citizens of Los Angeles, through non-sectarian outreach services, knowledge, and empowerment.