This was originally published to Raising Wilshire.
We’re getting a children’s museum in Santa Monica! The Cayton Children’s Museum (formerly known as the Zimmer Museum Presented by Sharewell) had its last day at its old location in Mid-Wilshire in late February. It is on track to open in its new location on the third floor of Santa Monica Place on June 1.
The Cayton touts its proximity to Expo Rail, but what about those (most) of us who live nowhere near a light rail station? The bus, I’m telling you!
Within one block of the museum, there are twelve bus routes operated by 3 agencies, providing one-bus access to communities as far west as Malibu; north as West Hills in the San Fernando Valley; east as Commerce and East LA, and south as LAX and Inglewood.
Routes serving Downtown Santa Monica by agency
Big Blue Bus: 20 bus routes serving the Westside
Route 1: Westwood to Santa Monica via Santa Monica Blvd.
Route 2: Westwood to Santa Monica via Wilshire Blvd.
Los Angeles Metro: 4 bus routes end in Santa Monica, plus the Expo Line
Line 534: Malibu to Santa Monica via Pacific Coast Highway
Line 704: Downtown LA/Echo Park/Silver Lake to Santa Monica via Santa Monica Blvd.
Line 733: Downtown LA to Santa Monica via Venice Blvd.
Line 720: East LA to Santa Monica via Whittier Blvd. and Wilshire Blvd.
Metro Expo Line: Metro Center (DTLA) to Santa Monica. Last station is 1/2 block from museum
Los Angeles County
The Beach Bus: Woodland Hills and Topanga to Santa Monica via Topanga Canyon Blvd.
This map shows how ridiculously close the museum is to these major bus stops:
The mall is across the street from the end of the Metro Expo Line, which means the Cayton will be accessible to so many more families around Los Angeles
Looking for tips on how to ride transit with kids?
I always refer people to this great blog post by Seattle Bus Chick.
Until next time,