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Address: 1765 East 107th St, Los Angeles, CA
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+1 213-847-4646
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Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
Fee: No
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A unique folk-art masterpiece, this 99-foot-tall group of steel towers is...

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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Wonderful Piece of Local Art and History

You will not be disappointed. Great way to spend a hour or two. Take the tour, watch the movie in the museum and look at some local art. Our tour guide, Howard, was funny... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
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Long Beach
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Long Beach
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29 reviews
11 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

You will not be disappointed. Great way to spend a hour or two. Take the tour, watch the movie in the museum and look at some local art. Our tour guide, Howard, was funny, informative and kind.

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Poway, California
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78 reviews
28 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I didn't know what to expect but I was pleasantly surprised!! I was there on a Wednesday and unfortunately the museum is open Thursday to Sunday. I walked around the towers and got a brochure from the museum office. It's just amazing what this man did. I enjoyed reading the history. It was scheduled to be torn down and a... More 

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Saint John, Canada
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79 reviews
33 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Growing up in SoCal I had heard of these towers but knew nothing about them. It took moving out of the country and then returning as a visitor for me to make the trip into L.A. to see them. If you are a SoCal local DON’T make the same mistake! These towers are indeed one of the most significant public... More 

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Washington, DC
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10 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We visited directly from LAX airport! It was nice, interesting history of the man who made it, very LA. We did not do the tour but you can see the towers and mosaic-type art from outside the gates. There is a self guided tour with plaques to read outside. I did not feel unsafe around the area. It merits a... More 

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Winston Salem, North Carolina
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21 reviews
12 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

This was one of the places I wanted To visit in LA. It did not disappoint. It is quirky and unique. So much fun for an artist to visit. The only draw back is that it is tucked away in Watts (yes the Watts of the riots). Worth seeing if you get a chance. Pictures don't do it justice.

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Salina, Kansas
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37 reviews
12 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 April 2017

There are a number of autodidactic, "outsider" artists that have left some mark on this world, but Sabata Rodia's Watts Towers is an example of such a work, and such an artist, that surpass what they ever expected. The sculpture (the tallest feature is 99 feet tall) is situated in Watts, unfortunately known for the 1965 riots that bears the... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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767 reviews
589 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 974 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 April 2017

Watts towers are surely something unusual to see in this huge city and probably throughout the rest of the world. A monument that remains as one of a kind, which was built only with the use of makeshift materials, its a bit off the beaten track from the usual tour of Los Angeles, but if you have a little time... More 

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50 reviews
26 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 March 2017

An eccentric old man built the watts towers out of broken bottles, plates, wire hangers and seashells in the 1920s. Today you can see it from the street and take pictures if you're so inclined or you can go into the community arts center, pay the $7 and have a tour of the inside. I'm recommending the tour for a... More 

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2 Thank Sara L
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10 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 March 2017

Skip paying the $7 to walk on the other side of the fence.. there is nobody to take your money anyways. Just walk around. Information as to who, what and why are on the fence, and pictures are better from the open air arena spot on sight. The neighborhood is sketchy as it gets darker, so daytime is your best... More 

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Sydney, Australia
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12 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 24 March 2017

Whilst one of my most challenging drives of my month long stay in Hollywood, (driving on the opposite side of the road ...), this was a very pleasurable venture to see a dream realised for the community there, awesome structure about 'hope' and endurance, well worth essential viewing on an trip in LAX.

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