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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 #23 of 391 attractions in Los Angeles
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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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30 reviews 30 reviews
8 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014 NEW

We visited the Autry National Center today. I had never been there. They are showing a Route 66 exhibition presently. It was great. The fee to get in was $10.00 dollars but I have an entertainment book and there is a buy one get one free coupon you can use. The grounds are beautiful although I stayed inside most of... More

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Redondo Beach, California
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15 reviews 15 reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2014

We visited the museum with our 2 grandchildren, ages 8 and 10. The admission is very reasonable especially with AAA discount and ample, free parking. The Route 66 exhibit was very interesting with a special section on "The Grapes of Wrath" , which I had recently re-read. The green screen western was great fun for the kids. Two docents who... More

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Los Angeles, California
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82 attraction reviews
56 helpful votes 56 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

Great little way to spend a few summer Saturday hours out of the heat! The parking here is free, Admission is cheap ($9 with AAA and free for BofA card holders the day we went). Current exhibition of "Route 66" was very well done and taught me a bit about my own neighborhood history. Don't miss the downstairs floor with... More

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

Thank you for your feedback, Leigth! We're glad you enjoyed your visit--and glad you had the chance to learn about your own neighborhood through Route 66. We hope to see you soon! More

Abilene, Texas, Usa
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29 reviews 29 reviews
15 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

This was a fun museum. It had plenty to keep our (10&13 years old) boys entertained in a fun learning environment. The best part of the whole trip was recording the kids while they rode a horse through the Wild West with the help of a green screen. It was hilarious. They had plenty of "traditional" museum exhibits as well... More

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

We're glad we could help make your boys Wild West movie stars, if just for the day. Thanks for stopping by, and we appreciate the feedback! More

Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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23 attraction reviews
59 helpful votes 59 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

I have been to LA many times and never bothered to go to the Autry. Foolish! Located in the northeast corner of Griffith Park, the Autry Center is so much more than a tribute to Gene Autry and other cowboys. From June (2014) to January, 2015, a special exhibit on Route 66 provides a fascinating look at what Route 66... More

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

We're so glad you had the chance to stop by--especially on our Day of the Cowboy and Cowgirl! Thank you for your review, and we hope you'll visit us again soon. More

Los Angeles
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4 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014

Now is the time to drop by the Autry. Admission is $10, parking is free. There are also free docent lead tours. 2 great exhibits are now on display. First off, "Route 66, the Road & the Romance". This chronicles the history of probably our best known highway. Also available is "Indian Floral Design Beadwork". So many beautifully crafted works... More

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

We're so glad you enjoyed your visit to the Autry! Docent led tours are on weekends at 11:00 a.m., 1:00 p.m., and 3:00 p.m. (except for the first two Sundays of each month). Thank you for sharing your thoughts! More

Denver, Colorado
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47 reviews 47 reviews
21 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014

I was very impressed with the collection at the Autry National Center. We were able to see the Route 66 exhibit which was a lot of fun! I've always been fascinated by Route 66 and it was great to see such a wonderful collection. I loved all of the original cowboy exhibits. Everything from the Lone Ranger, Tom Mix, Wild... More

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

Thank you for taking the time to write down what you thought about the Autry! We're glad you enjoyed Route 66, and had the chance to see our permanent galleries. We hope you'll come back soon! More

Ottawa, Canada
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31 reviews 31 reviews
17 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014

What a surprise when I arrive at this museum, thinking it was small and I would be here for an hour or so, that hour turn out to be 3hrs. There is a complete exhibit on US Route 66, one of the best that I have seen over the years, it is at the Museum until Jan4,2015, if you are... More

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

Thanks for letting us know about your experience at the Autry--we're glad you had a good time! More

Christchurch, New Zealand
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3 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2014

I was staying at LAX Hilton, on a business trip, and had a day spare to see something. I was going to visit the Getty Villa at Malibu, which is a favourite of mine, but changed my mind and galloped off to the Autry Center for the first time. I took a metro bus from LAX (an adventure in itself)... More

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

Thank you for your thoughtful review, and for braving the traffic to see us! We're glad you enjoyed our galleries. More

London, United Kingdom
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35 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014

This is quite a nice museum. It is really for "cowboy" enthusiasts but when we went it had two other small exhibitions. There is some really nice art work and some unexpected items like Michael Jackson's stage clothes. Did not take long to look around but it was quite enjoyable.

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

We're glad that you had a chance to look around--and that we had some objects that surprised you. Thanks for the feedback! More

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