Autry Museum of the American West, Los Angeles

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Dedicated to exploring the American West's diverse cultural history, Autry Museum of the American West features more than 500,000 pieces of art and artifacts. The museum is well known for its comprehensive collection of Native American artworks, considered to be one of the most important collections in the country, and its extensive collection of western frontier firearms. You may have the opportunity to do a craft, practice a native dance, or pan for gold as you soak up the culture of the American West. Grab a bite to eat at the on-site cafe, which honors the West's varied cultures through its menu. You can pick up a memento of your visit at the gift shop, which sells music, fine art, Native American jewelry, Western memorabilia, and more. To visit Autry Museum of the American West and get the most from your holiday in Los Angeles, create itinerary details personal to you using our Los Angeles online trip builder.
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  • The Autry Museum is nowhere near as enjoyable as it was when we visited it 15 years ago. The wing with most of the Wild West exhibits is closed until next year, and what was open was a hodgepodge... 
    The Autry Museum is nowhere near as enjoyable as it was when we visited it 15 years ago. The wing with most of the Wild West exhibits is closed until next year, and what was open was a hodgepodge...  more »
  • It was a little pricy for a small museum but cheaper than getting 6 people into the LA Zoo. However it is a neat museum, we are the type of family that likes to check out place off the beaten path... 
    It was a little pricy for a small museum but cheaper than getting 6 people into the LA Zoo. However it is a neat museum, we are the type of family that likes to check out place off the beaten path...  more »
  • They have added an indigenous hall which was interesting except that the descriptions were set so low that you could only read them if you got on your knees. The Autry cowboy portion was excellent... 
    They have added an indigenous hall which was interesting except that the descriptions were set so low that you could only read them if you got on your knees. The Autry cowboy portion was excellent...  more »
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  • We had a very good time here with our 9 month old daughter. I wasn't expecting there to be as much for her to do as there was, but the dress-up/movie section was the highlight for us, since being parents is exciting and new, still. The collections here are really incredible, especially the weaponry section. That's what makes museums so wonderful, seeing objects you've heard and read about firsthand. We went on a Bank of America customer appreciation day, so my husband was free. Check their calendar before visiting, there are various free dates each month.
  • Great way to explore how Europeans got to and took over the west. Great exhibit on the native tribes and their displacement. Coverage of the different ethnic groups which arrived. Tons of artifacts from stone tools and baskets, knives, guns wagons, stagecoach, fire truck. Examples of the ways they all lived. Took the guided tour which was a great way to be reintroduced to all the different areas of the museum. Outer garden area is wonderful. Also an entire area of the rise of the westerns from radio, silent film, to movies an TV. Nice looking cafe for eating, but nothing gluten free.
  • This fascinating museum is located in the midst of the sprawling grounds of Griffith Park. The outdoor garden with its explanation of Western plant life was a wonderful start for us. From there we went through as many exhibits as we could. The exhibits are hands on and appealing to young and old alike. There is much conversation and shared findings between museum visitors. Probably the best hands on activities I have experienced at a museum.
  • The Autry is directly across from the entrance to the LA Zoo. It has the elegance of the most formal museums with an array of interactive displays that make it fun. We had an excellent native guide who took us through a couple of hundred years of natural wisdom and history in just over an hour. The food service didn't impress me. But, you can bring your own lunch.
  • The tour guides were wonderful and had a very caring attitude. Our tour guide was exceptional. She went above and beyond her duties by telling us all information about the exhibits as much as she could! She explained in great detail about every single exhibit. I highly recommend you visit this museum! It is very educational and a great way to learn about Westward Expansion!

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