The Autry provides teachers with valuable classroom resources, online access to images and lesson plans, and more. As we develop future programs and exhibitions, we will continue to offer resources that will assist teachers within the classroom as well as improve access to the museum and our website.

All of our tours and programs meet California Academic Content Standards. Here is a complete listing of programs and corresponding California Academic Content Standards.

Scheduling Your School Program or Tour

Please contact the Autry’s School Tour and Group Sales Manager, Janet Jung, or call 323.495.4336 to schedule your tour.

Our School Tour and Group Sales Manager will e-mail written confirmation regarding your tour and/or program. Field trip guidelines and charges will be sent to you prior to your visit. Please call if you do not receive this information.

All school tour programs cost $2 per person. This includes all attending students, teachers, and chaperones. We accept cash, credit cards, and checks at the time of arrival. Please make checks payable to Autry Museum. We do not accept purchase orders. Membership benefits may not be used for school visits.

If you teach a class of students (or even have just one student) with learning disabilities or autism, please let us know so that we may connect you with one of our special education docents. As former special education teachers, these museum educators are well qualified to talk to you about your group, assess whether special accommodations are required, and make the necessary arrangements with our lead docent for the day. We want every student’s visit to the Autry to be fulfilling and enjoyable, so please do not hesitate to contact us with questions or concerns.

Chaperones are encouraged and welcomed for all school visits, but we require one chaperone for every eight students for self-guided visits. Chaperones and teachers are responsible for their group’s behavior at the museum.

The Autry has no indoor eating facilities. School groups are invited to enjoy their lunch on the South Lawn. Food and beverages are not permitted inside the museum. All lunches and other consumable items must be stored on the bus or in the cubbies located next to the Education Building. Box lunches may be preordered from Crossroads West Cafe. For more information, contact the cafe at 323.495.4329.

On the Day of Your Visit

Most programs begin promptly at 10:00 a.m., 11:15 a.m., and 1:00 p.m., and each lasts approximately 55 minutes. Please plan to arrive at least 15 minutes prior to your scheduled program to check in and pay for your tour. Programs that begin after 10:00 a.m. due to late arrival will not extend beyond their originally scheduled time.

Backpacks, large purses, and similar items are not allowed in the museum and should be left on the bus or at school.

Food, beverages, and gum are not allowed inside the museum.

Photography is not allowed in our temporary exhibitions in the George Montgomery Gallery and the Norman F. Sprague, Jr. Gallery. Nonflash photography is allowed in our permanent galleries. Please check with your museum teacher or docent before taking pictures.

Use pencils for writing or sketching. Crayons, pens, markers, and wet materials are not allowed in the museum.

The Autry Store is open and available to students during their visit. Students will find reasonably priced souvenirs and gifts such as classic wooden toys, beaded items, sheriff’s badges, and musical instruments. Only one group of eight students, accompanied by a chaperone, is allowed in the store at one time. Time is limited to five minutes per group if there is a line of students waiting to enter the store.

On rainy days, school programs and tours will continue as scheduled, but please note that we do not have indoor eating facilities. If it is raining during your visit, we recommend eating lunch on the bus or after your return to school.

The museum is open to the public during school programs and/or tours and we ask for your cooperation to ensure that all visitors——whether part of student programs or the general public——enjoy their museum experience.

Encourage your students to be engaged and respectful visitors. Most importantly, encourage them to have fun!

Educational Programs at the Autry are sponsored by:

  • The Ahmanson Foundation
  • Capital Group Companies Foundation
  • Dwight Stuart Youth Fund
  • The Georgina-Fredrick Children’s Foundation
  • Hearst Foundations
  • The Kenneth T. and Eileen L. Norris Foundation
  • Northrop Grumman
  • Ronald McDonald House Charities of Southern California
  • The Sheri and Les Biller Family Foundation
  • Sony Pictures Entertainment
  • Union Bank
  • U.S. Bank Foundation