The Autry Museum is FREE on the Second Tuesday of each month! The Autry Museum is located in Griffith Park across the street from the Los Angeles Zoo.
We were first nervous about going on a free day and then taking my son who we thought would be too young for this museum. We were wrong. It doesn't get crowded. There was a lot of school field trips but it didn't bother us. My son had a great time! In one part of the museum your child gets onto a saddle and be part of a movie, yes that is my overprotective hand in that picture.
There is also a children's area that your child can pretend to play house and store.
Lessons to teach your kids:
- Native American culture
- California gold rush history
- Need I say more?
- Historical artifacts
- Western art
- There is an artist by the name of David Levinthal who used toys and figurines to create his photographs as part of this Wild West series. I think kids will get a kick out of this and hopefully when they get home they will want to create their own scenes with their toys.
- Luis Tapia's gallery is full of colorful lowriders! That's right! It is a cool way of teaching kids about how lowrider car designs is a way that Southern California's Mexican-American communities express their art.
- See if your kids can spot the bear claw necklace!
- Cowboys as heroes in the movies
- The Singing Cowboys and The Lone Ranger are a few characters that you will love talking to your kids about.
- In the green screen kids can be part of the movie!
- in the Imagination Gallery kids can also make their own sound affects. Its fun to see kids use ordinary items and turn them into horse hooves hitting pavement.
- Have your kids spot all the spurs in the museum.
- Animals of the west
If you find that your child is not into it then just head down the street to Travel Town. If you are feeling adventurous head out to the Old LA Zoo and do some hiking!