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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