Autry Museum of the American West

What Is the Autry?

Discover the art, history, and cultures of the American West! The Autry presents a wide range of exhibitions and public programs—including lectures, film, theater, festivals, family events, 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 the only museum of its kind located in a major metropolitan center that combines multiple Native American perspectives with Western histories and cultures in such a profoundly interconnected and multifaceted way.

Learn more about current exhibitions, public events, collections, and membership options. 

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

Special Exhibitions


Empire and Liberty: The Civil War and the West

April 25, 2015 - January 3, 2016

New Acquisitions Featuring the Kaufman Collection

August 8, 2015–July 9, 2017

California Impressionism: The Gardena High School Collection

September 12, 2015–October 9, 2016


4700 Western Heritage Way, Los Angeles, CA 90027-1462 Phone: 323.667.2000

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