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Autry rope cutting ceremony with Los Angeles City Councilman John Ferraro (left), Gene Autry (middle), and Los Angeles Mayor Tom Bradley (right).

30th Anniversary

The Autry Museum of the American West (then the Gene Autry Western Heritage Museum) opened its doors to the public in 1988 with the goal to collect, preserve, and interpret materials related to the history of the American West. Throughout the last 30 years, the Autry has continued and extended its founders’ vision by offering a wide array of exhibitions and public programs exploring the West’s art, history, and cultures, ranging from its annual American Indian Arts Marketplace to vibrant exhibitions. To celebrate the museum’s 30th anniversary this fall, the Autry will host special events and programs—including a private concert by Willie Nelson, talks, screenings, special offers, and more.


Sunset (1988)

Saturday, October 20, 1:30 p.m.
 
While making a silent film about the life of the legendary lawman Wyatt Earp, veteran actor Tom Mix (Bruce Willis) discovers that the real Earp (James Garner) is on the film set as a technical advisor. The two become friends, but when a murder takes place, the two become partners and set about tracking down the killer.
Saturday, October 28, 1:30 p.m.

Celebrate Halloween as a modern-day sheriff faces undead outlaws in a seemingly abandoned ghost town. Introduced by Brad Sykes, filmmaker and author of Terror in the Desert.

 

Young Guns (1988)

Saturday, November 17, 1:30 p.m.
 
A group of young gunmen, led by Billy the Kid, become deputies to avenge the murder of the rancher who became their benefactor. But when Billy takes their authority too far, they become the hunted. The screening of this film begins with an introduction by Jeffrey Richardson, Curator at the Farmington Museum, New Mexico. Screened in 35 mm.
 
Saturday, November 17
 
In celebration of the Autry’s three decades in Griffith Park, the museum is transforming one of its core galleries into an experimental, hands-on space dedicated to the land on which it stands, Griffith Park. In the coming years, this gallery will evolve through public feedback and ideas to become a full-fledged exhibition by the park’s 125th anniversary in 2021.
 
Wednesday, November 21, 10:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m.
 
Rewind to 1988 and pay original museum admission prices from the day the Autry opened (Adults: $4.75; Seniors/Students: $3.50; Children (2–12): $2.00). Dress in ‘80s-inspired attire for a special prize.