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“If you like old westerns, this is the place to go.”

William S. Hart Museum & Ranch
Ranked #1 of 11 things to do in Newhall
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: This museum is housed in the former home and ranch of silent film cowboy star and director William S. Hart.
Vancouver, Canada
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111 reviews
45 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 64 helpful votes
“If you like old westerns, this is the place to go.”
Reviewed December 5, 2013

This place is fascinating. I do not like the cowboy movie genre, but this I enjoyed. William Hart turned his home over to the State so that all could enjoy it because it was the fruit of his labor and the public had provided him with the ability to become a great success in his craft and he wanted to give back. Other than the fact that you have to walk up a long, winding, climbing dirt path with signs that warn of rattlesnakes etc it is good place to go. The guide that we had on day of our visit was fun, very informative and encouraged us to take our time and pointed out many hidden gems and fun facts about the house and Bill as we went. There are incredible cowboy bronzes, paintings, books, western memorabilia etc and you have to make sure you listen to the talk and look in as many nooks and crannies as possible. Make sure you listen for the story of Bill's horse Fritz, it is funny enchanting. Look out for the herd of Bison that are residents in the grounds as well as the Pet cemetary at the bottom of the walk. There is also a gift shop, bunk house, look for the flag pole with the imprint of Bill's six guns at its base and many other quirky and enjoyable sights. I still don't like cowboys, but I really enjoyed visiting with William S. Hart.

Visited November 2013
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California
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125 reviews
39 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
“Something for Everyone”
Reviewed November 26, 2013

Hart Park and museum is hidden pleasure. The museum is small, but interesting; it accurately captures the era of silent westerns. The grounds are extensive; lawns, garden, and hiking trails. There is also a campground favored by local scout trips.

By far, the best part is to hike up to the museum and overlook the city. It's quiet and lovely. If you look the right direction, you can see a bison herd, donated by Disney, ambling on the hill.

Visit Heritage Junction to see well preserved buildings from 19th century or so California. In addition, there are frequent weekend events, from a pet fair to a pow-wow. Enjoy the music of a local's fiesta some Saturday afternoon and people watch.

A favorite of our family has always been the barnyard, with representative farm animals. Years ago you could pet and feed them! Visit the fat pig, the pheasants, etc. Also, halfway up the hill take in the Pet Cemetery; a favorite of ours.

The hike to the top is an easy stroll -- I've done it on crutches!

Visited May 2013
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Newhall, California
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“Something different...”
Reviewed November 25, 2013

The guided tour was fantastic and the grounds worth a visit - not to mention that its free to the public!

Visited July 2013
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London
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64 attraction reviews
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“a hidden gem”
Reviewed September 22, 2013

We visited this museum on the advice of locals and so glad that we did. The guided tour of the house was fascinating and interesting - those working there were very friendly and knowledgeable. This visit helped our European children to learn about history of cowboy films. The attractions down by the car park were worth a visit. We enjoyed the walk through the grounds to see the bison. There were lots of people in the grounds having a picnic and spending time as a family and it was enjoyable to people watch.

Visited August 2013
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hampshire
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187 reviews
19 attraction reviews
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“Very interesting”
Reviewed September 4, 2013

The guided tour was fantastic and the grounds worth a visit - not to mention that its free to the public!

Visited August 2013
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