Frequently Asked Questions
How do I schedule a school program or tour?
What is the cost of the school tours or programs?
Most programs cost $2 per person. This includes all students, teachers, and chaperones. We accept cash, credit cards, and checks at the time of arrival. Please make checks payable to Autry National Center. We do not accept purchase orders. Membership benefits may not be used for school visits
What time do school programs take place?
Most programs start promptly at 10:00 a.m., 11:15 a.m., and 1:00 p.m. and last approximately 55 minutes. Please arrive at least 15 minutes before your scheduled program to check in and pay for your tour. Programs that begin after 10:00 a.m. due to late arrival will not extend beyond their scheduled time.
Do I need to schedule my field trip if I don’t want to book a tour and/or program?
Yes. Self-guided visits for school groups (charged at the school group rate) are scheduled Tuesdays through Fridays at 12:15 p.m. and require advance scheduling to ensure availability of gallery space.
How many chaperones do I need?
Chaperones are encouraged and welcomed for all school visits, but we require one chaperone for every eight students for self-guided visits. Chaperones must stay with their groups at all times, including stops at the restrooms and the Autry Store, and are responsible for the group’s behavior while visiting the museum. The museum staff is not responsible for monitoring the behavior of students. If a staff member must intervene, the museum reserves the right to ask the entire group to leave the museum.
Will I receive written information about my tour?
Yes. We will e-mail written confirmation regarding your tour and/or program. Field trip guidelines and charges will be sent to you prior to your visit as well. Please call if you do not receive this information. Information about our Community Outreach Kits and other resources is available on our website.
Are lunch facilities available?
The Autry has no indoor eating facilities.School groups are invited to eat lunch on the South Lawn. Food and beverages are not permitted inside the museum; all lunches must be stored on the bus or in the cubbies next to the Education Building. Box lunches may be preordered from Crossroads West Cafe. For more information, contact the cafe at 323.495.4329.
Are there any special instructions I should know before my field trip?
- Food, drinks, and gum are not allowed inside the museum.
- Backpacks, large purses, and similar items are not allowed in the museum and should be left on the bus or at school.
- Photography is NOT allowed in our temporary exhibitions in the George Montgomery Gallery and the Norman F. Sprague, Jr. Gallery. Nonflash photography is allowed in our permanent galleries. Please check with your museum teacher or docent prior to taking pictures.
- Use pencils for writing or sketching. No crayons, pens, markers, or wet materials are permitted in the galleries. Please do not lean on walls or cases and do not use them as writing surfaces.
- Please be aware that the museum is open to the public during all school programs, and we ask your cooperation to ensure that all visitors—whether part of student programs or the general public—enjoy their museum experience.
- Encourage your students to be engaged and respectful visitors.Most importantly, encourage them to have fun!
Do you have a museum store?
Yes. The Autry Store offers a range of unique merchandise reflective of the diverse history and peoples of the West. Students will find reasonably priced souvenirs and gifts such as classic wooden toys, beaded items, sheriff’s badges, and musical instruments. Only one group of eight students, accompanied by a chaperone, is allowed in the Autry Store at one time.Time is limited to five minutes if there is a line of students waiting to enter the store. Pre-prepared, assembled gift bags can be ordered in advance by calling 323.495.4228.
Do you offer school tours of the Southwest Museum of the American Indian?
No. We do not offer school tours at the historic Southwest Museum Mt. Washington campus site. However, the Southwest Museum building and grounds, including the ethnobotanical garden, are
open to the public on Saturdays for free from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. The Autry has embarked on extensive conservation work to preserve and protect the hundreds of thousands of works of art and artifacts in the Southwest Museum of the American Indian Collection. Some of the objects are regularly on view as part of changing exhibition and permanent gallery displays at our Griffith Park campus.