What Is the Autry?

Voted “Favorite Museum” by Los Angeles Daily News Readers, 2014–2021!

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 cultural materials, film memorabilia, historic firearms, paintings, interactive areas, 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.

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 and best practices and shown themselves to be core educational entities that are good stewards of the collections and resources they hold in the public trust. Of the nation’s estimated 33,000 museums, approximately 1,075 are currently accredited.

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.

Strategic Plan

View the Autry’s 2018-2022 Strategic Plan (PDF) to learn more about the museum’s mission, values, goals, and objectives.

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, 2020 and 2019, 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.

2021 Audited Financial Statements

2020 Audited Financial Statements

2019 Audited Financial Statements

2021 Form 990 - Coming Soon!

2020 Form 990

2019 Form 990