Special Offer in April: Children under 13 get in FREE!

museum teacher standing with students sitting in a circle around her

Museum Teacher Programs

Museum teacher programs are object-based, whole-class experiences that encourage students to investigate primary and secondary sources to learn more about specific histories in the American West.

Grades K-2

Sculptures Explorers

What are sculptures? How are they made? Who makes them? Students will uncover the answers to these questions as they investigate our diverse collection of sculptures throughout the museum.

Sculpture of a cowboy

Cowboys: Past and Present

Students will explore Autry galleries and investigate replica objects to answer the question: What helps a cowboy do his job?

The first cowboy

Grades 3-5

Tongva: The First Peoples of Los Angeles

Students will answer the question “How did the Tongva use their knowledge of the land and the environment to survive?” by analyzing natural resources and human made artifacts from three different environments.

abalone shell

Eureka! The California Gold Rush

Students will use replica objects to determine which jobs were more successful during the California gold rush. PLEASE NOTE: We no longer offer gold panning with this program.

San Francisco 1849

Trails West

Students will determine how and why people traveled along six western trails across the American West during the mid-1800 by using maps and replica artifacts.

painting of western landscape with snow capped mountains surrounding a valley

Educational Programs at the Autry are sponsored by:

Dean and Laura Beresford · Molly and Neal Brockmeyer · Vince and Colleen Caballero · Capital Group · David F. Eisenberg · The Georgina-Fredrick Children's Foundation · Christy McAvoy · Marleen and Bruce Rognlien · Robert E. Ronus · Brenda and Gary Ruttenberg · The Steinmetz Foundation · Virginia F. Stevenson · Thelma Pearl Howard Foundation

Land Acknowledgment

The Autry Museum of 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.