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Museum of the American West

4700 Western Heritage Way, Griffith Park, Los Angeles, CA
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Ranked #143 of 389 Attractions in Los Angeles
Type: Specialty Museums
Description: This museum was founded by Hollywood legend Gene Autry.
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Pontinia, Italia
19 reviews 19 reviews
15 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014

The museum is nice, but it's mainly focused on the cinematographical vision of the American West. Many hairlooms and relics of the most famous actors of Western movies and not so much about the REAL American West. However, the museum is well presented and intringuing. A good introduction to West-Usa and its "idea".

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Senior Contributor
26 reviews 26 reviews
7 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2014

First of all, parking is free and admission only $10 for adults and $6 for Seniors! This place is wonderful. It's educational. It's entertaining. It's interesting. It even has a cafe serving decent food at respectable prices. During our first visit to California we visited many sites and places that we probably will never bother to see again but not... More

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Downers Grove, Illinois
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22 reviews 22 reviews
13 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2014

This museum has extensive collections of American Indian bead work, western saddlery, firearms, and related cowboy and American Indian artifacts. It has details of the various cattle drive trails and how these influenced the growth of the US West. Outside of the Smithsonian, NRA museum, and the Cody Museum, it has what must be the most extensive collection of Colt... More

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11 reviews 11 reviews
5 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2014

My friends and I took the free entrance on new year's day. Spent the morning looking at the latest Jews in LA Mosaic exhibit, had lunch nearby in Glendale, then came back to look at the rest for a couple of hours. I enjoyed the lifelike statues, especially the one of Pony Express rider jumping on the horse while grabbing... More

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Ellicott City, Maryland
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104 reviews 104 reviews
58 attraction reviews
78 helpful votes 78 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 9, 2013

We visited the museum of the American West expecting it to be like a traditional history museum. While there are elements of the region's history and some background of people who migrated to the area, most of the focus was on the entertainment industry. Sure, the industry is a big player in Los Angeles, and Gene Autury was obviously a... More

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Top Contributor
167 reviews 167 reviews
54 attraction reviews
173 helpful votes 173 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2013

Had an enjoyable visit, and the cafe is good too. There were no crowds, and I understand it is like that most of the time. This falls into the category of "very do-able" museums, that is, you don't have to invest a whole day. Loved the section on depiction of the west in movies and tv, and the care taken... More

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Santa Clara, California
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6 reviews 6 reviews
5 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2013

Super kitsch, wide range of western items. Covers western movies, especially "B"s, tv shows. Has quality Native American and Western art, period artifacts, local artwork, local history, western guns. My five year old was entertained for over 2 hours. He loved the interactive movie making display and being allowed to use some period toys.

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Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
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82 reviews 82 reviews
26 attraction reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2013

This is an interesting and well laid out museum experience. It is in many ways a smaller version of the National Western Heritage Museum in Oklahoma City. However it has a bit of a broader collection in that it includes a variety of western experiences, such as the Chinese area that is also an interactive display for children and includes... More

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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178 reviews 178 reviews
48 attraction reviews
69 helpful votes 69 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2010

I grew up watching the cowboy TV shows like Roy Rogers, Rin Tin Tin, Sky King, Stoney Burke, and playing with my cowboys and horses like Jane West, Johnny West and the Bonanza gang. The museum was fun to see all of the history of the Westerns in TV, to see the various original costumes they wore, the saddles they... More

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