What Is the Autry?

Voted “Favorite Museum” by Los Angeles Daily News Readers in 2014 and 2015

Discover the art, history, and cultures of the American West! Located in beautiful Griffith Park, the Autry features world-class galleries filled with Native American art and artifacts, film memorabilia, historic firearms, paintings, and more. Throughout the year, the Autry also presents a wide range of public events and programs—including lectures, film, theater, festivals, family activities, and music—and performs scholarship, research, and educational outreach. The Autry’s collection of more than 500,000 pieces of art and artifacts includes the Southwest Museum of the American Indian Collection, one of the largest and most significant collections of Native American materials in the United States.

Mission Statement

The Autry brings together the stories of all peoples of the American West, connecting the past with the present to inspire our shared future.

Name Update (Fall 2015)

The formal name of our organization has changed from Autry National Center of the American West to Autry Museum of the American West. The updated name reflects our principal activities as a museum dedicated to exploring and sharing the diverse stories of the American West. This change precedes the unveiling of nearly 20,000 square feet of renovated visitor spaces, scheduled to open to the public in October 2016.

“Over recent decades, the concept of a ‘museum’ has transformed to imply much more than exhibitions and collections conservation. This name clarifies the intention of our organization while continuing to be inclusive of our many scholarly pursuits, public programs, and related offerings.”

—W. Richard West, Jr., the Autry’s President and CEO