Gene Autry opened this museum in 1988 to showcase western history. The museum features several rotating exhibits as well as a ... More
Autry National Center
Gene Autry opened this museum in 1988 to showcase western history. The museum features several rotating exhibits as well as a permanent collection. Art and artifacts from the Old West are on display, from the West's prehistoric roots to the 20th Century's Hollywood glamorization of the Wild West. Using film, radio and television clips, and a hands-on discovery center for children, the museum sheds a bright light on this part of the nation's heritage.
This museum is well balanced with history of the
Wild Wild West and of the Native American Heritage.
There are many, many hands on activities for children
as well as adults: climbing on board a stage coach,
pretending to make an old time Western movie on a
video, walking down a Western boardwalk town. It
is a full day's worth of fun for all with a wonderful
shop and a cafe to eat! It is a real value and
lots of fun!
I had placed order for a James Arness book from the mesuem store. Visited the mesuem and store October 2005. A very nice gentelmen named Hansel, had assisted me with the book. I met him and found him to be outstanding and gracious. It was a pleasure to meet Hansel and to visit the mesuem and store. Next visit hope to have more time.
We visited the Autry museum in the winter of 2005 and found it really well done.I was amazed to find just one room (really!) dedicated to the 'Hollywood Cowboys" including Gene.The rest was one of the better museums of the early American West I've seen.For the kis there were a number of interactive things to do and adults rode the wild horse as well! The art on the first floor was representative of early American heritage.Give yourself a full half day at least to really enjoy this museum.The other part of the day can be spent at the zoo acros the street.