I’ve been wanting to go to the Autry Museum for a while now, and finally made it up there today. As a bonus, when I got there, it turned out that admission is free on the second Tuesday of the month!
Founded in 1988, the Autry is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year. Its Museum of the American West is located in Griffith Park across from the LA Zoo, and the Mt. Washington campus houses the Southwest Museum of the American Indian.
The museum is two levels. The bottom floor housed several exhibits that run into each other tracing the history of the cowboy, the pioneers’ movement west and different communities in Los Angeles. The Autry holds an impressive collection of Colt guns, and it was really neat to be able to see firearms that belonged to the likes of Teddy Roosevelt, Doc Holliday and Wyatt Earp. Being a big horse lover as well, it was really neat to see the large collections of saddles and other pieces of tack. Some of the most amazing pieces were the parade saddles made by Edward Bohlin.
For the purpose of this blog, however, the upstairs housed the Imagination Gallery, which traced the Western on film, television and radio. The photos above are from that exhibit, and I apologize for the case glare and iPhone quality.
If you’re in the LA area, the Autry is definitely worth a visit!