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Museum of the American West

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Address: 4700 Western Heritage Way, Griffith Park, Los Angeles, CA
Phone Number: 323-667-2000
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10:00 am - 4:00 pm
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Tue - Fri 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Sat - Sun 11:00 am - 5:00 pm

This museum was founded by Hollywood legend Gene Autry.

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Great place to learn some history

The Autry Museum is very interesting with several different galleries. Currently, they have an exhibit on California and the American Civil War. There is a heavy emphasis on the... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed June 7, 2015
Mary A
Sacramento, CA

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2015

It's a mix of art and history. There really is something for everyone. The museum brings in a lot of cultural, political and individual life stories to piece together an overall history of the western United States. It's really worth a visit.

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Sacramento, CA
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 7, 2015

The Autry Museum is very interesting with several different galleries. Currently, they have an exhibit on California and the American Civil War. There is a heavy emphasis on the Native American experience in the war. The displays are easy to read (big print, easy content to comprehend), and there are several interactive displays which are designed for children, probably 4th... More 

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Lomita, California
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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 

Thank Clay G
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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".

Thank Valex866
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 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 

Thank alanpfc
Downers Grove, Illinois
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 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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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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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 

Thank radx4
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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 

Thank Arncliffegirl
Santa Clara, California
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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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