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“I HAD NO INTEREST IN THIS MUSEUM, BUT WAS DRAGGED HERE...” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Autry National Center

Autry National Center
4700 Western Heritage Way, Griffith Park, Los Angeles, CA 90027-1462
323-667-2000
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Ranked #28 of 704 things to do in Los Angeles
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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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 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.
Los Angeles, California
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“I HAD NO INTEREST IN THIS MUSEUM, BUT WAS DRAGGED HERE...”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2014

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!

Visited September 2013
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Maren D, Director of Communications and Marketing at Autry National Center, responded to this review, August 7, 2014
We're glad you enjoyed our selection of Western art and artifacts, and that you let yourself be dragged! Thanks for leaving your comments, and we hope to see you soon.
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“Cowboys and Indians Museum”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014

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.

Visited May 2013
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Maren D, Director of Communications and Marketing at Autry National Center, responded to this review, August 7, 2014
Thank you for taking the time to let us know about your experience at the Autry--we're glad you had the chance to learn a little more about the American west!
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“It Could Be Better”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014

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 when you can do a tour.

Visited January 2014
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Maren D, Director of Communications and Marketing at Autry National Center, responded to this review, April 16, 2014
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
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“Great place for kids”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014

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 how to film it on your camera/phone but so much fun. Props available A remarkable exhibit hosted by author Lisa See that has a replica of a Chinese American home and a chinese restaurant--with props and costumes.

Visited December 2013
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Maren D, Director of Communications and Marketing at Autry National Center, responded to this review, April 16, 2014
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
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“A little something for everyone”
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. The antiquities, bead work and carvings were something only an aficionado could appreciate. And there was just a Huge collection of old saddles, clothing and six-gun outfits from the most famous and recent movie cowboys to silver screen actors from the '20s that were totally unknown to us. There was a large collection of Colt pistols, mostly presentation models, but sadly the museum staff did not feel it necessary to list the caliber of most of the handguns. As a consequence if you are familiar with firearms you'll get a model number, serial number and other numbers, but no cartridge information. There are also large sets for 'saloons', wagon trains and so forth that give a visitor a sense of that place in that era. The entry fee was fair for the quality and quantity of the materials presented.

Visited March 2014
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