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“A little something for everyone”

Autry Museum of the American West
Ranked #25 of 590 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 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.

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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 faced with different buildings. We entered the museum entrance, Not sure what is on the right besides the cafe. The first exhibit was a fine art exhibit and sale "Art of the west" it was very interesting how different artists portrayed the west. I wish we could have stayed longer in that wing and written down some names, but the kids were antsy so we started looking at all the pictures with animals in them.
This museum has so much going on, there is of course the history of the movie genre westerns. There is also a history of the wild west, complete with colt rifles, and a fancy saloon. Also time is spent on the Native Americans, along with modern native american art. They have stuff for kids too, call for times when they do gold panning. They have a miniature kids play area. Because of Chinese new year they had it styled like a china town, with older and newer ways that people from Asia live.
I only have scratched the surface here, There is so much so see and explore, plan a minimum of 2 hours here, I think 3 to 4 would better though.

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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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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 visitors who want a pic of themselves behind bars...

being as it is the largest collection of western art in the known universe, their art collection is quite impressive - as is the collection of firearms & tools. and you can plan ahead to go on one of the days when there is no charge to get in.

and their cafe is exceptional!

i could spend days here, learning and having fun.

ps. obviously, "agia" who panned this place never got below the ground floor - you have to go downstairs to see the good stuff. it's too bad that agia didn't ask anyone where the good stuff is (that's always my first question when visiting a museum: "where will i find the good stuff?")...

Thank bazi43
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Maren D, Director of Communications and Marketing at Autry Museum of the American West, responded to this reviewResponded February 17, 2014

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

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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 in Los Angles on our trip.

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Maren D, Director of Communications and Marketing at Autry Museum of the American West, responded to this reviewResponded January 27, 2014

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

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