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“Very Cool and Fascinating Museum”

Autry Museum of the American West
Ranked #25 of 581 things to do in Los Angeles
Certificate of Excellence
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Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: Explore art, history, and culture at the Autry Museum of the American West. Located in beautiful Griffith Park, the Autry presents a wide range of exhibitions and public programs-including lectures, film, theater, festivals, family events, and music-and performs scholarship, research, and educational outreach. The Autry's collection of more than 500,000 pieces of art and artifacts includes the Southwest Museum of the American Indian Collection, one of the largest and most significant collections of Native American materials in the United States.
Reviewed February 20, 2013

Even if you think you aren't that into history of the West, cowboys, Native American cultures, etc., I can't imagine anyone not having fun at this museum. There is something for everyone here. They set up the exhibits usually in a fun way too, with some interactive displays. It's nice to see objects that are historical, but not all that old and distanced from our current time. It is also good I think especially for children to see these things and come to understand how people lived, in the places where people are living now; the good and bad things they did, that led to the world we now experience.

As far as visiting, this is one of the least annoying of the L.A. attractions. It is located sort of centerally on one edge of Griffith Park, near the Zoo, and it has an attractive road leading to it, with a fair amount of parking, and I never really had any of the usual stressful traffic problems coming or going to this facility. Being in the park, even though next to the freeway, it has a nice openness outside that is reviving. The facility isn't a big, looming hulk of a building, and just feels very pleasant to traverse. There is a nice gift shop, with very friendly assistants, and lots of excellent books. There are also some great sculptures in the courtyard areas.

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Reviewed February 19, 2013

Had been to the old museum some years ago and wanted to see what had changed. The museum is easy to get to, we were driving but could see that it was serviced by public transport. The LA zoo is directly opposite and the place was busy. The museum has art galleries as you go in and if you like modern western artists , then you can see some excellent work on display. The exhibitions are very good and we quickly ran out of time only managing to see about half before it loses at 4.00, thought that we could get through in about 2hrs, you should allow 3-4. There are discounts for seniors, students and teachers, have proof in the form of an ID. Will be going back to see the rest and have a look at the zoo next time.

Thank Gareth H
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Reviewed February 18, 2013

A very worthwhile visit. Nice location across the road from Griffith Park and near the zoo. Great collection of western and movie stuff.

Thank Alan B
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Reviewed January 24, 2013

I happened to hop of the bus and check this place out on a Tuesday afternoon. I think I was the only person in the museum! So Tuesdays are the days to go! Interesting collection..everything from Wyatt Earp's pistol to Michael Jackson's sequin glove to Native American artifacts.

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Reviewed January 13, 2013

I took my 4/5 class last year and am going again with my 4th graders. Fascinating look at CA history with something for all ages to enjoy.

Thank RosanneA123
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