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Address: 1765 East 107th St, Los Angeles, CA
Phone Number: 213 847 4646
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Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
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Description: A unique folk-art masterpiece, this 99-foot-tall group of steel towers...
A unique folk-art masterpiece, this 99-foot-tall group of steel towers is decorated with scrap metal, bed frames, bottles, ceramic tiles, and thousands of seashells. One of LA's famous local landmarks, the towers were created by a construction worker who toiled over them in his spare time for 30 years until their completion in 1954.
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A Spectacular Monument to a Common Man With a Vision

Although our recent trip to Los Angeles was to focus on another museum exhibition, we elected to take some time and go see the Watts Towers. What a wonderful experience! The mind... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 20, 2015
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Lubbock, TX
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Lubbock, TX
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29 reviews 29 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2015 NEW

Although our recent trip to Los Angeles was to focus on another museum exhibition, we elected to take some time and go see the Watts Towers. What a wonderful experience! The mind cannot barely comprehend the drive and artistic vision of Sam Rodia, an italian immigrant who arrived in the US at 15. He worked around the country before settling... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2015 NEW

I had been to LA several times and always meant to see this. Even if the artwork itself doesn't interest you, it's a bit fun to make the trip and see the "other" side of LA, as most tourist attractions inevitably focus on the wealth, glitz, and glamour of LA. It's a quiet, uncrowded attraction, in a neighborhood full of... More 

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Scottsdale, Arizona
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2015 via mobile

To call the result of 34 years of night and weekend labor for italian immigrant Simon Rodia begining in 1921 unique is an understatement. What is more valuable is that it serves as an anchor for a park and art gallery/museum about the history of Watts. For those of us old enough to remember the explosion of violence and fear... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 10, 2015 via mobile

Just something special to see. Wish it was open for us to walk through the towers!! Must see great selfie moment!!

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Shakopee, Minnesota
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 10, 2015

I reluctantly accompanied my husband to the The Watts Towers, but was glad I did in the end. Some of the areas we drove through to get there made me a little uneasy, but once we got to the Tower it was a beautiful piece of urban art. The story behind the junk is what makes it most interesting. I... More 

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Boston, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2015

Watts Towers was one of the best things I saw on my recent trip to LA. Depending on where you're staying, it may feel a little out of the way but it is definitely worth the trip. The Towers were built over time by one man who was never classically trained as an artist. Rodia was a construction work and... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2015 via mobile

It is simply amazing that a homesick old guy created this work of art. Even cooler however is that it's been preserved and protected since his death. It's art, not architecture.

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Atascadero, California
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2015

The Watts Towers is quite an interesting piece of Los Angeles's history. Made from junk piled, glued, pinned and mortared together over a lifetime this one man has created an icon of Watts and of Los Angeles. It's in a neighborhood that, well, when I see bars on all, and I mean all, the windows on all houses, when I... More 

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London, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 6, 2015

Definitely an LA must see. Staff and tour guide were very friendly. Consists of tour and video. Make sure to check out the life sized cutout of Sam Rodia.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 2, 2015

TAKE the tour and WATCH the documentary video. This is one man's labor of love, a compulsion to express his yearning for his Italian homeland. This beautiful and creative 90 year old sculpture has survived many destructive events in the community due to the extraordinary method of its illiterate self-taught architect and artist. It is a highlight of LA.

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