The Autry Museum in Griffith Park

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The Autry Museum in Griffith Park
Photograph: Courtesy Autry Museum of the American West

Nestled into the northeast corner of Griffith Park, this museum explores the history of the American West. You might just expect a kitschy exploration of the life and works of famous singing cowboy Gene Autry, but the museum presents a much more engaging exploration of the West, outlining its history and detailing the myths that came to surround it. Learn about Native Americans through art and artifacts brush up on a bit of cowboy with the museum's collection of more than half a million objects. Afterwards, make sure to check out their Cross Roads West Café, research library and store. Keep an eye on their calendar since this museum also doubles as a venue for film screenings, lectures, music, and other events.

Free for veterans, peace officers, park rangers, and active military personnel with ID. Free to the public every second Tuesday of each month, New Year’s Day, Martin Luther King Day and President’s Day.


Venue name: The Autry Museum in Griffith Park
Address: 4700 Western Heritage Way
Los Angeles
Opening hours: Tue-Fri 10am-4pm; Sat, Sun 10am-5pm
Price: Adults $10, Students and Seniors $6, Children 3-12 $4, Children under 3 Free
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  • Saturday May 5 2018 - Saturday September 15 2018
  • Contemporary art Saturday May 12 2018 - Sunday January 6 2019
  • Boutiques Friday May 18 2018 - Friday July 20 2018
  • Festivals Sunday June 3 2018

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I've never felt compelled to write a review on a museum until visiting the Gene Autry Museum of the American West. Sure, LACMA, Broad, Getty and The Natural History Museum hold many iconic art pieces, but the Autry is fun for the whole family. Upon entering, one of the first exhibits allows visitors to ride on a saddle against a green screen that transports participants into a classic, Western film.

Similarly, the remainder of the museum is rebellious and interactive. You'll explore antique bar sets, a gun room, prison bars, costumes to try on, trinkets, toys, animal heads, and old casino games. I promise you museum haters out there: this one is a ton of fun. Try your hardest not to make a purchase at the gift shop!