Autry Museum of the American West
The Autry Museum is located in Griffith Park and offers an array of exhibits and activities the entire family can enjoy. Some of their special installations, exhibits, and family-friendly activities include:
Imagined West Studios
Visit the new kid-friendly movie studio space designed and built by artist Mac Maker. The Imagined West Studios encourages visitors to act out and film their own cinematic visions of the American West using creative props on a whimsically themed set. Designed with children ages 2-6 in mind but fun for the whole family.
The Balance of Power on the American Frontier
Explore the history of the revolver that shifted the balance of power in the American West. Featuring sixteen guns and related artifacts, this new installation examines the revolutionary Paterson Colt and the role it played in the decisive 1844 clash between sixteen Texas Rangers and approximately seventy Comanches.
Gold at the [Au]try
Through July 19th, 2020 learn about the impact of gold and its allure through the ages. Discover a range of gold-related artworks and artifacts through a new self-guided tour and special exhibits. Core-gallery changes throughout the museum enhance the experience.
Focusing on four key California stories—Salmon, Fire, Desert, and Plants—Human Nature reveals how traditional ecological knowledge can help current residents understand and care for the environment. Vividly illustrated with Native American objects and contemporary artworks, photography, soundscapes, and multimedia displays, the exhibition investigates the ways in which culture and ecology merge in the California landscape.
Following a months-long renovation, the Cowboy Gallery features new videos, infographics, and hands-on activity stations. Discover a full-size chuck wagon and explore the tools and tasks of the cowboy trade—all showcased alongside a 16-foot projection of stunning Western landscapes from Oklahoma to California.
Autry Detective Kits
Become a history detective! Available for checkout at the Visitor Services Desk, these kits send gumshoes ages 10 and up (and their adult companions) on a pursuit through the museum, using tools and clues to solve a case. Agents will receive a prize after solving the case.
Panning for Gold
On weekends, 11 a.m. – 3 p.m., try your hand at panning for gold.
Free Tuesday – Every second Tuesday of the month enjoy free admission to the Autry Museum. In addition, if you are a Bank of America cardholder during the first full weekend of each month, show your Bank of America card for free general admission. Children under 3 are always free at the Autry.