From Our Editors
Many people think of the Wild West as a hazy fantasy world of gunslingers and larger-than-life characters. The Autry National Center celebrates the stories and folklore surrounding the American West, but also seeks to educate the public on the history and the convergence of peoples and cultures that came together to create its unique legacy.
Size: The museum holds 500,000 pieces of art and artifacts from the history and culture of the American West
Eye Catcher: In the Imagination Gallery, visitors explore how the real Old West influenced the Western genre of movies and television, via items such as the handwritten pilot for Bonanza and artifacts from iconic cowboys
Not to Miss Empire and Liberty an exhibit exploring the causes and legacies of the Civil War in the West, with over 200 artifacts. Opening April 25, 2015.
Past Exhibits: Route 66: The Road and the Romance celebrated the beloved highway, with items such as the original manuscript for On the Road and Woody Guthrie's Martin guitar
Pro Tip: Stage productions at the on-campus theater enhance understanding of this time period.
Special Programs: Monthly family events that highlight museum topics with hands-on activities.