Street Address
4700 Western Heritage Way
Los Angeles, CA 90027
Mailing Address
4700 Western Heritage Way
Los Angeles, CA 90027
phone: 323-667-2000
e-mail: vservices@theautry.org
web: theautry.org
Hours
Tuesday - Friday10 AM - 4 PM
Sunday, Saturday11 AM - 5 PM
Closed Mondays except Martin Luther King Jr. Day and Presidents' Day
Autry Cafe
Sunday, Tuesday - Saturday9 AM - 4:30 PM
Mondayclosed
The Autry Cafe offers a wide selection of soups, salads, freshly made sandwiches, burgers, baked goods, hot entrees, and an assortment of beverages for the entire family in a casual dining atmosphere. All of our food is prepared in-house using the freshest, highest quality ingredients.
Admissions
Free with current ID for active military personnel and veterans, peace officers, and park rangers
Adults: $10
Seniors (60+): $6
Members: $6
Students (): $6
Children (3-12): $4
Children under 3: Free
Services
Gift Shop
Online Gift Shop
Special Event Rental
Cafe/Restaurant
Group Tours
Staff
Richard West, President

Description

In addition to ongoing and special exhibitions, the Autry continues to provide a wide range of programs, special activities, and events designed for a variety of interests and all ages.

The Autry Museum of the American West is a history museum dedicated to exploring and sharing the stories, experiences, and perceptions of the diverse peoples of the American West. Located in Griffith Park, the Autry’s collection of over 500,000 pieces of art and artifacts, which includes the collection of the Southwest Museum of the American Indian, is one of the largest and most significant in the United States. The Autry Institute includes two research libraries: the Braun Research Library and the Autry Library. Exhibitions, public programs, K–12 educational services, and publications are designed to examine the contemporary human condition through the lens of the historical Western experience and explore critical issues in society.

The Autry inhabits a unique niche of Western history and culture. Although there are exemplary art museums and many historic sites in our region, there is only one museum devoted to Western history and culture. The Autry is the only museum of its kind located in a major metropolitan center and the only museum that combines multiple Native American perspectives with Western histories and cultures in such a profoundly interconnected and multifaceted way. No place welcomes so many traditions, ideas, cultures, and people as the Autry. As a museum-plus-education-plus-research institution, the Autry brings together the diverse experiences, collections, and creativity that symbolize the West.

Mission

The Autry brings together the stories of all peoples of the American West, connecting the past with the present to inspire our shared future.

The Autry’s desired impact is to create relevancy between history and the present day and to engage the public in exploration of critical contemporary concerns in order to shape the future. The Autry continues to aim for this outcome through the creation of provocative, engaging, and compelling museum experiences that increase people’s understanding of each other and America, help the community ask and answer important questions about the most pressing issues of society, and promote solutions beneficial to the greater good

History

Museum of the American West, Griffith Park

he Museum of the American West, formerly known as the Museum of Western Heritage, was co-founded by Gene and Jackie Autry and Monte and Joanne Hale. With the opening of the Museum in 1988, Gene Autry realized his dream "to build a museum which would exhibit and interpret the heritage of the West and show how it influenced America and the world." Mr. Autry was a legendary recording and movie star whose illustrious career spanned some 60 years in the entertainment industry. He was also a broadcast executive and major league baseball owner.

Southwest Museum of the American Indian, Mt. Washington

The Southwest Museum of the American Indian, the oldest museum in Los Angeles, was founded by Charles Fletcher Lummis. Mr. Lummis was the first city editor for the Los Angeles Times. He was also a photographer, amateur anthropologist, and prolific historian of the southwestern United States who helped popularize the idea of Los Angeles as a multicultural city.

The Merger of the Autry and the Southwest Museum of the American Indian

The merger was completed in 2003. The Southwest Museum, as an independent organization, no longer exists. The Autry National Center now includes the Southwest Museum of the American Indian Collection and the Southwest Museum site. The Autry, a not-for-profit museum, owns the land in Mt. Washington, the buildings, and the Southwest Museum Collection.

New Autry Resource Center

In 2010, the Autry purchased a building about three miles away in Burbank that we plan to develop into a museum-quality storage space (just like the National Museum of the American Indian has in nearby Suitland, Maryland) and research facility open to researchers and scholars. The Southwest Museum of the American Indian Collection will be housed safely in this new state-of-the-art facility, preserving the entire collection for generations to come, and making it easily accessible to scholars and the Native American community.

Research Collections

The Autry Institute promotes research and educational activities, encourages the development of pathbreaking scholarship, and reaches a broad audience through programs and publications.

  • Autry Library: Significant book, serial, archival, and audiovisual collections about the historical and the mythical West are at the heart of the Autry Library's collection.
  • Braun Research Library: The Braun Research Library, located at the Southwest Museum of the American Indian, is one of the nation’s most important library and archive collections related to American Indians

Educational Programs

The Education Department is dedicated to enriching the experience of all visitors through thoughtful, entertaining, and engaging classes, programs, and activities. Education staff and volunteers connect with more than 30,000 visitors every year, many of them students from LAUSD and the surrounding school districts.

    Facilities

    Wells Fargo Theater

    Available for business presentations, screenings, concerts, and performances, this 207-seat theater is well appointed with SurroundSound, 35mm and 16mm capability, video projectors, and an attached greenroom

    Auditoriums

    Lecture Halls

    Performance Areas

    ADA

    Parking is free for cars as well as buses and motor coaches. Passenger drop-off is in front of the museum to the left of the entrance at 4700 Western Heritage Way. Coaches may park along the sidewalk at the far end of the parking lot adjacent to the South Lawn. Coaches may return to the front of the museum for passenger pickup.

    Wheelchair Accessible

    Parking

    Restrooms

    Services

    Membership brings the Autry to life! Join today!

    Membership supports dynamic exhibitions, thought-provoking lectures and workshops, educational programming, conservation efforts, and so much more. Take advantage of all that the Autry has to offer and know that your membership provides vital financial support

    Corporate Charitable Contributions

    The Autry thanks the many generous companies—both local and national—who support its mission to tell the diverse stories of the American West through exhibitions, lectures, theatre productions, film screenings, live music and dance performances, and hands-on children’s activities. In a recent interview with Bank of America California State President and Autry Trustee Janet Lamkin, she shares why the bank chooses to support the Autry year after year through its charitable giving program.

    Plan Your Next Event With US!

    When planning for a special event, you want to give your guests an out-of-the-ordinary experience that is truly unforgettable. If you are like most people, you look for a venue that will excite, inspire, entertain, and delight everyone on your list. The Autry in Griffith Park is the perfect setting for a cocktail reception for 40 to 1,400, a stylish dinner for 400, or an outdoor festival for 4,000. Your guests will enjoy a unique and enriching experience as they explore the myths and realities of the American West in an exclusive viewing of our permanent galleries and changing exhibitions

    Gift Shop

    Online Gift Shop

    Special Event Rental

    Restaurant

    Group Tours