Notice: The Autry will close at 3 p.m. on May 18, 2024. 

About Us

The Autry in Griffith Park

Autry Museum of the American West

Mission Statement

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

Located in beautiful Griffith Park, the Autry features unique galleries filled with paintings, sculptures, film memorabilia, photographs, historic firearms and so much more, all related to the American West. The Autry’s more than 600,000 pieces of art and cultural objects include one of the largest and most significant collections of Native American materials in the United States. 

The Autry presents a wide range of events and public programs including lectures, films, theater performances, festivals and family activities. Autry is a place for the local community to gather and enjoy things like the American Indian Arts Festival, Sizzling Summer Nights, Family Play Space and Native Voices performances. 

Native Voices is the only Actors’ Equity theatre company in the nation devoted to developing and producing new works for the stage by Native American, Alaska Native, Native Hawaiian and First Nations playwrights. Over the past 30 years, Native Voices has become the cornerstone of American Theater in cultivating opportunities for Native playwrights.  

Autry Museum is an educational institution that conducts research, provides academic scholarships and is involved in educational outreach. The Autry provides school tours and curriculum to local educational institutions, including Title I schools in Los Angeles. 

Statement of Values 

The following values guide and support the work of Autry staff, trustees, and volunteers:  

  • Inclusion- Multiple perspectives inform and enrich the Autry’s exploration of the human experience in the American West.  
  • Education- Inspired learning has the power to expand thinking, improve lives, and shape the future.  
  • Respect- A thriving society depends on civil discourse; the Autry encourages respectful dialogue about critical topics.  
  • Collaboration- Partnerships are essential; the Autry’s best work results from collaboration across the museum and with the broader community.  
  • Connection- The most meaningful and memorable experiences have a personal dimension.  
  • Innovation- By embracing and leveraging new technologies and approaches to history, the Autry will continue to strengthen its programming and operations. 

Strategic Plan  

View the Autry’s 2018-2024 Strategic Plan to learn more about the museum’s mission, values, goals and objectives. 

American Alliance of Museums (AAM) Certified

The Autry is accredited by the American Alliance of Museums (AAM), the field’s primary vehicle for quality assurance, self-regulation and public accountability. AAM-accredited museums have demonstrated they meet standards, best practices and have shown themselves to be core educational entities who are good stewards of the collections and resources they hold in public trust. Of the nation’s estimated 33,000 museums, approximately 1,075 are currently accredited. 

Financial Information

The Autry Museum of the American West is a California not-for-profit public benefit corporation. Every year the Autry Financial Statements are audited by a firm of Independent Certified Public Accountants. Our Auditor, Grant Thornton, has issued its most recent report stating that the financial statements “... present fairly, in all material respects, the financial position of the Autry Museum of the American West as of December 31, 2022 and 2021, and the changes in its net assets and its cash flows for the years then ended in accordance with accounting principles generally accepted in the United States of America.”

Each year the Autry must also file a Form 990 with the IRS (Internal Revenue Service). The links to the Audited Financial Statements and Forms 990 for the last three years are below. These documents provide information on the Autry mission, programs, and finances—including the fair market value of all assets plus an analysis of revenue and expenses.

2022 Audited Financial Statements

2021 Audited Financial Statements

2020 Audited Financial Statements

2022 Form 990

2021 Form 990

2020 Form 990

Land Acknowledgment

The Autry Museum of the American West acknowledges the Gabrielino/Tongva peoples as the traditional land caretakers of Tovaangar (the Los Angeles basin and So. Channel Islands). We recognize that the Autry Museum and its campuses are located on the traditional lands of Gabrielino/Tongva peoples and we pay our respects to the Honuukvetam (Ancestors), ‘Ahiihirom (Elders) and ‘Eyoohiinkem (our relatives/relations) past, present and emerging.

The Autry Museum in Griffith Park

4700 Western Heritage Way

Los Angeles, CA 90027-1462
Located northeast of downtown, across from the Los Angeles Zoo.
Map and Directions

Free parking for Autry visitors.

Tuesday–Friday 10:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m.
Saturday–Sunday 10:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.

Food Trucks are available on select days, contact us for details at 323.495.4252.
The cafe is temporarily closed until further notice.