Visiting The Autry

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!

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4 Responses to Visiting The Autry

  1. Page says:

    It’s great that you got to visit the Autry museum there. It has some wonderful memorabilia and of course it’s much bigger than the one we have here and that I wrote about.
    When we were kids growing up in CA, we got to visit the Roy Rogers museum in Death Valley and boy was it great. I was saddened to hear it got shut down and all of the memorabilia like Roy and Dale’s stuffed horses, Trigger and Buttermilk as well as their dog, Bullet were sold off to the highest bidder. If only everything had been kept together.

    Thanks so much for sharing your trip with us, Autry fans. Did you sing “Back in the Saddle Again” as you walked through?

  2. When we drove through Victorville when I was moving here over the summer, my mom thought it was sad that the Roy Rogers museum was gone now too.
    I was totally geeking out over everything in the museum, and not just the television and film stuff. There’s a big art sale and exhibition that they host every year, the Masters of the American West, so I might go back to check that out in February.
    Thanks for reading!

  3. This looks like a wonderful place. I love the Betty Hutton-Annie Get Your Gun outfit!

    • It really is! I know, I was staring at that costume for a while, wondering how she fit into that tiny waist on the dress 🙂 I love that movie, she was great in it. Thanks for reading!

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