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Visiting the Gene Autry Museum of the American West
Gene Autry Museum

Autry National Museum

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  • Cost: Admission charged, children under 12 free - Check current fees
  • Location: Griffith Park (see below)
  • How Long: Depends on interest, at least a couple of hours

Visiting the Gene Autry Museum

Gene Autry was cowboy star from the 1930s through the 1960s. He wanted to build a museum that helped people learn about and understand the American West, and the Gene Autry Museum is the result. They hold an extensive collection of paintings including the Remingtons, Russells and Moran that you'll find an any respectable museum of western art, along with paintings by many other artists. Other objects in the Gene Autry Museum collection include firearms, cowboy gear and western film memorabilia.

The Autry National Center also sponsors a unique series of stage plays entitled Native Voices, providing a place for Native American playwrights and players to explore their heritage.

Just in case you're as confused we were about the name and what happened to related museums, the official title is the Autry National Center, created in 2003 when the Gene Autry Museum of Western Heritage merged with the Southwest Museum of the American Indian and the Women of the West Museum.

Tips for the Gene Autry Museum

  • The family gallery gives little ones a chance to touch things
  • There's a cafe on premises, adequate for a quick break

Review of the Gene Autry Museum

If you love The West as seen through old films and television serials of the kind featuring the museum's singing cowboy founder, the Gene Autry Museum is the place for you. However, even though I love the art of that era, I quickly tired of seeing paintings of horses, cowboys, bison and bears.

Getting to Gene Autry Museum

4700 Western Heritage Way
Los Angeles, CA
The Gene Autry Museum is in northeast corner of Griffith Park near the intersection of Western Heritage Way and Zoo Drive. From any freeway or nearby city street, follow the signs to the Autry National Center and Los Angeles Zoo.

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