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Autry National Center

4700 Western Heritage Way, Griffith Park, Los Angeles, CA 90027-1462
323-667-2000
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As featured in 3 days in Los Angeles
Ranked #21 of 369 attractions in Los Angeles
Certificate of Excellence 2013
Type: History Museums, Specialty Museums, Museums
Activities: Shopping, Dining
Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: The Autry National Center is a museum dedicated to exploring and sharing the stories, experiences, and perceptions of the diverse peoples of the... more » Owner description: The Autry National Center is a museum dedicated to exploring and sharing the stories, experiences, and perceptions of the diverse peoples of the American West, connecting the past to the present to inspire our shared future. It presents a wide range of exhibitions and public programs, including lectures, film, theater, festivals, family events, and music. Located in Griffith Park, the Autry’s collection of more than 500,000 pieces of art and artifacts, which includes the collection of the Southwest Museum of the American Indian, is one of the largest and most significant in the United States. Come see historical and contemporary exhibits, participate in engaging programs and family activities, and enjoy all the Autry has to offer. « less
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Los Angeles, California
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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2014 NEW

And wasn't I lucky! It's an outstanding museum, worth visiting for the Remingtons alone. It has easy parking, It's very well laid out and has terrific paintings. You may not think you're interested in the history of the Old West, but in this museum you'll quickly discover that you are!

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Los Angeles, California
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67 reviews 67 reviews
24 attraction reviews
56 helpful votes 56 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014 NEW

If you want to learn more about the history of the American west, this is the museum for you. The stuff about namesake Gene Autry is ok, but it's the real history you will find most interestins.

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Los Angeles, California, United States
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30 reviews 30 reviews
20 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW

I've been to the Autry several times for special exhibits and continue to be disappointed. The permanent collection is okay, but really only worth one visit. The special exhibits are often in spaces much too large for the number of objects, and frequently lit very poorly, even for a museum. The docents are usually well informed, so it's worth visiting... More

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Maren D, Director of Communications and Marketing at Autry National Center, responded to this review

Hi Wendy, Thank you for taking the time to share your experience. I am sorry we did not exceed your expectations but please know that our team pays close attention to all feedback we receive. I will share your comments with our leadership. Best regards, Maren More

Los Angeles, California
Senior Contributor
26 reviews 26 reviews
10 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW

THere is a wonderful courtyard in the center--although we hear this replica of a canyon in a cowboy movie may be removed. Some days you can "pan for gold". There is a life size horse replica children can mount. The real deal is the exhibit where you can put yourself in a cowboy movie. a little tricky to figure out... More

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Maren D, Director of Communications and Marketing at Autry National Center, responded to this review

Watersprite91, Thank you for your feedback! So glad you had a good time with your family. Hope you can return to see our Route 66 exhibition when it opens in June! Maren More

Hillsboro, OR
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73 reviews 73 reviews
35 attraction reviews
119 helpful votes 119 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2014

If you like paintings and bronzes that are not impressionist, cubist or descended from the many modern schools--that is trees look like trees, streams look like water, et al--then the art work in this place will be of interest to you. Many of the fine paintings recalled the Dutch masters who could paint an image that looked like a photograph.... More

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Seattle, Washington
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22 reviews 22 reviews
13 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2014

I chose this museum because My hubs loves to watch westerns. He watches one every friday, doesn't matter if it stars George Montgomery and is in black and white. So the Autry National Center (formerly the Gene Autry Museum) was a perfect place to hit on vacation. It's a very southwest style campus, you enter in a plaza and are... More

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Prestatyn, United Kingdom
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44 attraction reviews
45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2014

whoever wrote the review and mentioned the cafe food was RIGHT !! great food here .. and yes the good stuff is downstairs it must be it was the only place we did not get to ..

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Oakland, California
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51 reviews 51 reviews
24 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 14, 2014

the things that go on here are many, and they are all exciting & wonderful... live radio dramas, musical shows, lectures and displays of everything western - including western swing music, cowboy movies, native american cultural materials, actual panning for gold in a little stream outside, occasional native american dances, and a "i'm in the hoosegow" photo op for all... More

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Maren D, Director of Communications and Marketing at Autry National Center, responded to this review

bazi43: Thank you for the positive and thoughtful review! We're so glad you enjoyed your time at the Autry. More

Akron, New York
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13 reviews 13 reviews
6 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2014

A great collection of western art and artifacts at the museum. Their gun collection from the old west was outstanding. The stage coach was interesting along with the old chuck wagon gave you a glimpse of how traveling in the west was like. The cafe was an added high point, the best lunch at any of the museums we attended... More

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Maren D, Director of Communications and Marketing at Autry National Center, responded to this review

Thank you for your positive review! We really appreciate it. More

Chicago, Illinois, USA
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32 reviews 32 reviews
91 helpful votes 91 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed January 10, 2014

When I was in LA this museum was rated as the #2 listing for things to do. Based on this I visited this center. I have to tell you I question the reviewers that had such a thrilling experience here. This is nothing but an art gallery. Yes they have one or two minor interactive items but this is a... More

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Maren D, Director of Communications and Marketing at Autry National Center, responded to this review

agia, I'm very sorry to hear you had a disappointing experience! Did you visit recently? Two of our special exhibitions just ended so there is a three week period (Jan. 5-31) when both of our special exhibition galleries are closed. Please let me know if you would like to return another time when we have more exhibitions and programs. My... More

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