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Museum of the American West

All photographs taken by Kenneth A. Larson. All rights reserved. © 2004 - 2017.

What's in a name? It began and the Gene Autry Museum, then the name was changed to Autry Museum of Western Heritage, then following a merger with two other museums, it became the Museum of the American West and is now part of Autry National Center.

The museum opened in November 1988 on the northeast edge of Griffith Park, between the Zoo and the Golden State Freeway. Two floors of exhibit space provide for a number of galleries, including two that frequently change. A theater sometimes shows old movies of live performances. There is a learning center and a children's Discovery Center. The collection now numbers more than 78,000 objects

In April 2002 a merger was announced with the Women of the West Museum (WWM) in Boulder, Colorado. The Women of the West Museum was founded in 1991 as the first museum in the nation dedicated to tracing and interpreting the history of women of all cultures in the American West. In 2003, a merger was formed with the Southwest Museum of the American Indian, the oldest museum in Los Angeles. Thus was born the Autry National Center.

Open: Tuesday - Sunday; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Check with the museum about holidays.

The museum changes for admission, but a rarity in Los Angels, there is an abundance of free parking. Address:
Museum of the American West
4700 Western Heritage Way
Los Angeles, CA 90027-1462
Tel. 323.667.2000 Fax 323.660.5721

Autry Center Entrance
Main entrance to complex. Photo Date: 9-25-04.
Museum Entrance
Entrance to museum. Photo Date: 9-25-04.
Entrance to Plaza
Entrance to Plaza. Photo date: .
Entrance to Museum
Entrance to Museum. Photo date: .
Trails West
Window overlooking Trails West, an outdoor reflection area. Photo Date: 9-25-04.
Chuck Wagon
This chuck wagon is a former film prop. Photo Date: 9-25-04.
Discovery Center
The Discovery Center teaches children about how it was to live one hundred years ago. Photo date: .
Blue Screen
This exhibit demonstrates how blue-screen works. The blue background is replaced by the optical system with a chosen appropriate background image. As you can see in the small monitor, the woman looks like she's riding with other people, but as you can see, she's sitting on a saw horse. Photo date: .
OK Corral This exhibit of the famous gunfight at OK Corral is quite popular, and probably more accurate that the story portrayed in western movies. Photo date: 9-25-04. Saloon Bar
Saloon bar. Photo date: 9-25-04.
Stage Coach
One of the beautifully decorated stage coaches I've ever seen. Photo date: 9-25-04.

Properly called Bison, not buffalo. Photo date: 9-25-04.

Exhibit to William S. Hart.
This 2-sided trailer was part of a temporary exhibit to Gene Autry himself in Fall of 2007.
Plaza. Photo date:
Bell Tower
Bell Tower. Photo date: 9-26-04.

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