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Address: 10 Olvera St, Los Angeles, CA 90012-2921
Phone Number: 213-680-2525
9:00 am - 4:00 pm
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Constructed in 1818, this oldest residence in Los Angeles has been restored...

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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LA's oldest house and a small intersting museum

This is Los Angeles's oldest house, though it has been extensively refurbished since a relatively recent earthquake did a lot of damage to it. It is now a small museum – furnished... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
Halifax, Canada
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Halifax, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This is Los Angeles's oldest house, though it has been extensively refurbished since a relatively recent earthquake did a lot of damage to it. It is now a small museum – furnished as it would have been when first built, very nicely done. It's also free entry, which is very nice. By far the most interesting thing on Olvera Street.

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Anaheim, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

While visiting Olvera Street on 9/29/16 I was pleasantly surprised to run across this place. I've always been a fan of historic places so this was an added bonus to our day. This is suppose to be the oldest house in Los Angeles. They really done a good job of maintaining it and there were a few people working inside... More 

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New Jersey
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 26, 2016 via mobile

The Avila adobe house is located on Olvera street in Los Angeles, CA. The Avila Adobe house has the distinction of being the oldest house in Los Angeles. The house/museum is free to the public. I'm not sure if there is payed admission to watch a film/documentary about the dwelling, but one room had a TV and an area that... More 

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Pensacola, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 29, 2016

This is the oldest standing house in LA. It is a classic adobe structure built during the Mexican period of Los Angeles before the US acquired California. It was used by the US Army during occupation. The Avila family was a prominent family during the Mexican period which can be seen in the house. The group providing oversight has worked... More 

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Los Angeles, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 26, 2016 via mobile

This is a nice walkabout part of LA, Olvera Street, Union Station, City Hall and Chinatown all within walking distance. Avila Adobe is the oldest home in Los Angeles. A very simple representation of life in the early 1800's.

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Newport Beach, CA
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 4, 2016

After all these years, I finally notices this incredible historic building. It was the first home in LA. It is entirely adobe, the home visit is free. It is sparsely furnished as it was originally with placards appointing out the significant furniture and uses. The outdoor kitchen, located in the courtyard was so interesting. This is a don't miss attraction.

Thank bitler
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 19, 2016 via mobile

It's a beautiful home, a lot of rich Mexican heritage. Very organized and every corner of the home is decorated with so much history!

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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 3, 2016

A contrast to the commercial hustle outside- utter peace (apart from the tour group who were literally led straight through the place without stopping). It is worth stopping though and reading and looking – amazing to think how LA has changed in the 200 years since this was one of the best buildings in the city. Informative and free.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 8, 2016

This is the oldest surviving house in Los Angeles, and is now a small FREE museum. Well worth a visit, as it gives you a real feel for life 200 years ago. The surrounding neighbourhood, with its Mexican stalls, eateries and general feel, is so different from what I expected to find right in the heart of LA. A must-visit.

Thank Merrowmum
Eastbourne, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 25, 2016

The oldest house in Los Angeles. Located in Olvera Street. This whole area is like an open air museum. The original part of Los Angeles, very Spanish/Mexican. Lots of market stalls, shops and restaurants. Very easy to spend some time and spend money. The house was built in 1818 and shows what life was like in the early 1800's. Entrance... More 

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