Watts Towers of Simon Rodia State Historic Park

Sculpture Garden, History Museum, and Historic Site
1765 E 107th St (at S Wilmington Ave), Watts, Los Angeles, CA 90002, United States
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    • 11:00 AM–6:00 PM
  • Tue–Wed
    • 10:00 AM–5:00 PM
  • Thu
    • 8:00 AM–7:00 PM
  • Fri
    • 10:00 AM–5:00 PM
  • Sat
    • 10:00 AM–7:00 PM
  • Sun
    • 11:00 AM–6:00 PM

The Watts Towers structure, consisting of 17 major sculptures was created by Italian immigrant Sabato “Simon” Rodia out of steel covered with mortar and embellished by the decorative finishings of mosaic tiles, glass, clay, shells and rock.

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    carolyn c.
    "check out the Watts House Project across the street."(2 Tips)
    Los Angeles
    "17 structures represent the American Native art movement."(3 Tips)
    HISTORY
    "Italian immigrant Sabato Rodia over 33 years"(3 Tips)
    SEGA
    "... tools) with found objects, these towers are an amazing testament to..."(2 Tips)
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  • Jon L.

    A hidden gem tucked away in a neighborhood that has had a rough past.

    Jon Lexa · 5 days ago
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  • Alberto J S M.

    I was expecting more... Not so safe area

    Alberto J S Moreau D · 2 weeks ago
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  • Juan T.

    While this is an LA landmark, I would not put it in the things you must see while you are in town.

    Juan Torres · July 25
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  • WEI W.

    It's a small place... Not a typical "art center" that you can spend hours. Check the tour schedule because you can only get close to the towers by a guided tour

    WEI WEI · July 6
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  • Philip D.

    So much history here. The art house is pretty stunning. I gotta know more about artist Toni Scott now

    Philip Doucette · June 18
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  • Vernon Ray R.

    The Watts Towers

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  • Stacey~Marie

    The Towers face East towards Italy! Simon Rodia was Italian, you know!!!

    Stacey~Marie · November 1, 2014
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  • Derek J.

    Do not travel away from the park area or visit at all at night. The location is not in a safe neighborhood.

    Derek Jones · September 6, 2014
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  • Derek J.

    Photos make the towers look larger, but still an amazing feat nevertheless.

    Derek Jones · September 6, 2014
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  • Christopher N.

    Go on the tour and watch the documentary in the art gallery.

    Christopher Nance-Ulrich · June 2, 2014
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  • Elias Z.

    Guided tour Wed-Sun only.

    Elias Zuniga · May 12, 2014
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  • Curbed

    Simon Rodia built the 3 Watts Towers by hand over 3 decades, from the 1920s-1950s. They're made up of steel rods wrapped in wire mesh and coated in cement. Read more

    Curbed · March 19, 2014
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  • Norma R.

    The GARDEN STUDIO with public artworks, a turtle pond, California Native Herbal Sankofa Labyrinth, and Italian Herbs is not to be missed. The Artists-in-Residence are currently creating mosaic art.

    Norma Rosen · February 18, 2014
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  • Norma R.

    Also visit the GALLERIES in the Watts Towers Arts Center and the Charles Mingus Youth Arts Center. Take a Tour of the Towers see the William Hale film on the creation of the Watts Towers.

    Norma Rosen · February 18, 2014
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  • char z.

    Take the tour to get inside the gates. $7 adult entry.

    char zvolanek · February 16, 2014
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  • William G.

    Amazingly beautiful work.

    William Gaffga · September 29, 2013
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  • Ryan N.

    Made famous by Homer Simpson.

    Ryan Nosler · August 11, 2013
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  • Los Angeles

    Watts Towers represent 33 yrs of work by an Italian immigrant who made the project his life. Similar to the style of Catalan architect Gaudí, 17 structures represent the American Native art movement.

    Los Angeles · August 1, 2013
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  • Brett P.

    Like nothing else.

    Brett Padelford · July 20, 2013
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  • Marvin A.

    Although the towers is a bit interesting. There is no point in driving to a very dangerous place to see them. Don't waste your time and don't risk your life.

    Marvin Andujar · July 6, 2013
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  • Rj A.

    Great place to take young one to see some great history stories

    Rj Avery · June 26, 2013
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  • Joseph K.

    If visiting, try to go on the guided tour to really appreciate & have a real feel for the place & it's creator. Checkout the "boat"!

    Joseph K · April 2, 2013
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  • UCLA Volunteer Center

    UCLA Volunteer Day 2012: one hundred UCLA students will be here on September 25 to prepare a community garden!

    UCLA Volunteer Center · September 25, 2012
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  • Jason 6.

    "Naïve art" towers decorated with found shards built by Italian immigrant Simon Rodia between 1921-54 BY HAND. Take the Metro Blue Line to 104th to see it and DO NOT WANDER! Watts is still the ghetto.

    Jason 64128 · June 22, 2012
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  • SEGA

    One of my favorite places in Los Angeles. Built by hand (no power tools) with found objects, these towers are an amazing testament to art and perseverance. - Kellie, Community Manager

    SEGA · May 29, 2012
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  • Angelica S.

    Sooo worth the short drive!!! Very interesting & beautiful!

    Angelica Salazar · March 13, 2012
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  • Pacific Standard Time

    Civic Virtue: The Impact of the Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery and the Watts Towers Arts Center explores the role of civic government in the development of the arts in LA. Open through 2.12.12.

    Pacific Standard Time · February 3, 2012
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  • The New S.

    1/28/2012 The New Short Fiction Series, LA's longest running spoken word series, presents From The Ashes Revisited, in celebration of Pacific Standard Time: Art & Culture in LA 1975-80 Read more

    The New Short Fiction Series · January 14, 2012
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  • William P.

    Almost a hundred feet tall.

    William Petersen · December 11, 2011
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  • Green is Universal

    The Watts House Project is a place for Tower residents to connect with artists and other volunteers to revitalize the neighborhood and re-imagine the environment through community involvement.

    Green is Universal · November 11, 2011
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  • BMW i

    Watts Towers are 17 interconnected up-reaching structures decorated with found objects. Get up close and discover the adorning materials your own way.

    BMW i · November 10, 2011
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  • ExperienceLA

    "Civic Virtue: The Impact of the Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery and the Watts Towers Art Center" chronicles the evolution of the space into a community arts center. Read more

    ExperienceLA · October 25, 2011
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  • PacificStandardTime

    1960s–70s—Watts Towers Art Center was an important gathering place for artists who were not represented by the city's art galleries, especially when the center was run by artist Noah Purifoy in 1964. Read more

    PacificStandardTime · October 6, 2011
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  • Shawn Allen

    why is this a national.historical monument?

    Shawn Allen · September 19, 2011
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  • Brenda N.

    Don't get out of the car at night!

    Brenda Noriega · September 1, 2011
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  • Ashy M.

    If you fear 'The Hood', come early in the morning. It's typically quiet, no one bothers you and the view is breathtaking.

    Ashy McGee · May 30, 2011
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  • Brian

    Total dump. Don't be fooled. Only the naive and artsy-fartsy folks with white guilt would consider this a treasure.

    Brian · May 5, 2011
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  • carolyn c.

    check out the Watts House Project across the street.

    carolyn castano · April 27, 2011
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  • Palladium Boots

    This is one of Odette Annable's favorite spots.

    Palladium Boots · April 1, 2011
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  • The Standard

    LA (See) Definitely worth the short drive into South Central LA. These folk art sculptures are iconic Los Angeles at its best.

    The Standard · November 23, 2010
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  • Zak L.

    Great neighborhood, bring the kids! Awesome for a night time stroll around the area.

    Zak Larson · May 26, 2010
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  • HISTORY

    This collection of 17 interconnected structures were built by Italian immigrant Sabato Rodia over 33 years from 1921 to 1954. They were designated a National Historic Landmark in 1990.

    HISTORY · March 31, 2010
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  • Jacki M.

    A treasure in Los Angeles. everyone should see it!

    Jacki Morie · February 5, 2010
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  • sarah o.

    bring your camera. $7 for a guided tour.

    sarah oc · January 17, 2010
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