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Watts Towers, Los Angeles

(4.3/5 based on 180+ reviews on the web)
The Watts Towers Arts Center campus includes the Watts Towers, the Charles Mingus Youth Arts Center that offersguided tours of the famous Towers built by Simon Rodia, changing exhibitions in its galleries, a permanent collection of musical instruments and classes for teachers and students in visual and performance arts. The last weekend in September, the campus hosts the annual Day of the Drum and Jazz Festivals which are free to the public.
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  • We visited on a Wednesday - one of the days when tours are not offered. Therefore the towers could only be viewed through the fence. However, this was fine for us because we could see the detail of th...  more »
  • If you're nearby, you should absolutely make a detour to the towers. Whether you want to pay the entrance fee must cover everyone with it. The closed area is minimal and most can be seen from the outside.
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  • The 1st time I ever saw these glorious Towers was in my childhood in the 50s. My folks were so interested and felt it was so important that they brought us up from San Diego to visit. (not easy in the...  more »
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  • I Am So Glad That I Finally Visited Watts Towers And Their Art Center... I have been living in Los Angeles for the most part since 1994 and I have Never visited the Watts Towers and Art Center up until Saturday, August 27, 2016 whereby I asked Diego to join me on this venture. I honestly was scared to go because of the area for the longest time, but on this day I just used my gut feeling and took the risk and went for it and thankfully it was Not as bad as some people have made out the area to be. When we got there, we just had to walk on Graham Avenue just a few short blocks and made our way to the towers. First we visited their two very nice art galleries and seen a short film and then we went on their first tour which started at 10:30 am and our talented guide was James who knows all about the history of the towers, including the life of Simon Rodia who was the founder and creator of the Watts Towers. Both Diego and myself had a very enjoyable time visiting the Watts Towers and so will You! Thank you very much James for the Very Impressive Tour, including Lionel who spoke with us inside one of the Art Galleries! Sincerely yours, Howard Paul Shore Diego Visitors
  • I passed by this place once or twice and it looked interesting. This place is a good time if your visiting LA but there is a lot more to see. I would not put this as a top 10.
  • There was a lot of unknowns with this place... How did it look ?what was the architecture like? You definitely have to go to actually see this place it's an amazing work of art that a man has dedicated his life to doing, it's a landmark today. Also has a museum in an art gallery
  • These great towers was design and built by an Italian immigrant construction worker and tile mason Sabato (Simon) Rodia. There is a very special Arts Center next to the towers. There are guided tours from Thursday through Saturday.
  • I'm not sure if it's mentioned in other reviews but the Watts Towers has a free of charge (donations accepted) Arts Center that's easily overlooked if you're just walking around the Tower structure. It's the one-story building covered with a mosaic of colored tiles directly to the west of the Towers. There are rotating exhibits as well as permanent collections inside the Arts Center. The gallery itself is fairly small but it has quite a few interesting pieces along with a room full of eclectic instruments. The Art Center also hosts an annual Day of the Drum Festival and Jazz Festival at the end of September. There are also restrooms inside in case you're just passing through.