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Museum of the American West

Address: 4700 Western Heritage Way, Griffith Park, Los Angeles, CA
Phone Number: 323-667-2000
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Ranked #152 of 310 Attractions in Los Angeles
Type: Specialty Museums, Museums
Owner description: This museum was founded by Hollywood legend Gene Autry.
Attraction details
Type: Specialty Museums, Museums
Hours:
Tue - Fri 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Sat - Sun 11:00 am - 5:00 pm
Owner description: This museum was founded by Hollywood legend Gene Autry.

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Lomita, California
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23 reviews 23 reviews
6 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2014

We have visited the Autry Museum of the American West several times to see the new exibits. The main Museum is very interesting with quite a lot on the American Indians bead work and art and the western 'B' movies. This time the main exhibit was the Route 66 history that we were really interested in seeing. The exhibit was... More 

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Pontinia, Italia
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21 reviews 21 reviews
16 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 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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pompey
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27 reviews 27 reviews
7 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 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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24 reviews 24 reviews
14 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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MANHATTAN BEACH
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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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141 reviews 141 reviews
80 attraction reviews
98 helpful votes 98 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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Sydney
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168 reviews 168 reviews
58 attraction reviews
168 helpful votes 168 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
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
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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85 reviews 85 reviews
26 attraction reviews
35 helpful votes 35 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
49 attraction reviews
73 helpful votes 73 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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