Autry National Center

The People's Choice: The Top 25 Objects

The Autry's collection has grown to comprise more than 500,000 objects. Through this extraordinary collection, we enrich the public's understanding of the historical and contemporary American West, as well as the diversity of the Indigenous cultures across the Americas.

To celebrate our 25th anniversary in 2013, we asked staff to select their favorite objects in our collection and encouraged visitors to vote for their favorites through on-site and online voting. We invite you to browse the most popular objects featured below and visit us in Griffith Park to see many of them on view in our museum galleries.

The votes

83 Votes

Photo of the Fremont Flag, designed and made by Jessie Benton Frémont, 1841

Frémont exploration flag, 1841

139 Votes

Ansel Adams’s glasses, 1960s

283 Votes

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Stagecoach, California Stage Company Concord, 1850s, manufactured by Abbott and Downing Company with ironwork by James G. Chesley

141 Votes

Boy’s pantsuit, circa 1840

266 Votes

Tlingit blanket, circa 1900

240 Votes

Osage wedding jacket, late 1800s

240 Votes

7th U.S. Cavalry Honors Horse “Comanche,” 1878

361 Votes

Zuni Pueblo owl, 1920–1924

220 Votes

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Carved buffalo chairs, 1842

160 Votes

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Mountain of the Holy Cross by Thomas Moran, circa 1880

207 Votes

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Western Characters on Horseback

196 Votes

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Gene Autry’s Martin
D-45 guitar

173 Votes

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Iesaka Waken by Maynard Dixon, circa 1922, oil on canvas

234 Votes

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Theodore Roosevelt’s Colt Single Action Army revolver, 1883

296 Votes

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Crow woman’s saddle, circa 1900

131 Votes

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Luis Tapia, Spanish Colonial Carreta, 1994

191 Votes

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Horse snowshoes, 1800s–early 1900s

160 Votes

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Tsimshian carved walrus ivory totem, before 1985

350 Votes

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Saloon bar, Late 1800s

138 Votes

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Map of the fictional Ponderosa used in the television series Bonanza, 1959

328 Votes

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Red Branch by Deborah Butterfield, 2007

213 Votes

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Handmade red painted fiddle, circa 1900

228 Votes

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Carved ivory figurine of a sea lion, Siberian Yupik, from St. Lawrence Island, before 1961

254 Votes

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Sioux beaded baby bonnet, 1930s

197 Votes

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Strawberry basket

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