Programs and Tours

Whether for public, private, or home-school educators, Autry Education programs are designed to provide a high-quality learning experience while maintaining the fun, hands-on atmosphere that makes the field trip experience so rewarding.

The tours and programs listed below are available for the 2017-18 school year during which the Autry will make select programs and tours available in a special afternoon schedule for schools, scouting groups, home-school educators, and groups.

All guided tours are 55 minutes long, unless otherwise noted. Complete the reservation form on this page to book a school tour or program.

All guided tours and programs are 55 minutes long, unless otherwise noted.

  • View of Yosemite Valley

    Day of Deliberation New!

    • Grades: 7th-12th Grades
    • Days: October 23, 2018, and February 26, 2019

    This program encourages students to think critically and discuss their perceptions of diverse art from the peoples and cultures of the American West. The exhibited works include photography, paintings, textiles, videos, This program is designed to engage students in decisions about the past, present, and future of California through deliberation and civil discourse. Students will learn about the legislative process, water rights in California, the National Park Service, and the conservation movement in the United States by examining the use of Yosemite National Park’s Hetch Hetchy Valley in 1913. The program includes pre- and post-classroom activities; a 90-minute, moderated deliberative forum held at the Autry; and a guided tour of related exhibitions. For more information, please e-mail deliberation@theautry.org.

  • Docent-Guided History of the West Highlight Tour

    Docent-Guided History of the West Highlight Tour

    • Grades: 7th-12th Grades
    • Days: Tuesday–Friday
    • Times: 10:00 a.m. and 11:15 a.m.

    Experience the stories behind the artifacts of the vast Autry collection as our docents highlight the history of the West, sharing their knowledge with your students in small groups and enhancing their understanding of history.

  • John Gast American Progress

    Westward Expansion: Community and Opportunity

    • Grades: 7th-12th Grades
    • Days: Tuesday–Friday
    • Times: 10:00 a.m., 11:15 a.m., and 1:00 p.m.
    • Maximum: 30 students per hour

    In 1890, the West was a cultural crossroads of people from different backgrounds looking for opportunity. Was the West a place of opportunity for everyone in 1890? Your students will investigate this question through historical inquiry and collaborative group work using primary sources in our permanent galleries.

  • California Continued

    California Continued

    • Grades: 7th-12th Grades
    • Days: Tuesday–Friday
    • Times: 10:00 a.m., 11:15 a.m., and 1:00 p.m.
    • Maximum: 30 students per hour

    This program explores the ongoing and interdependent relationship between people and the natural environments of California. After investigating primary and secondary sources, students will deliberate on a solution to an environmental dilemma currently affecting the deserts of Southern California.

    *An extended 90-minute option is also available for groups attending the LA RAZA program.

  • Self-Guided Visit

    Self-Guided Visit

    • Grades: K-2nd Grades, 3rd-6th Grades, 7th-12th Grades
    • Days: Tuesday–Fridays
    • Times: Beginning at 12:15 p.m.
    • Maximum: 120 students per hour

    Teachers who wish to spend additional time in the museum or who want to explore on their own may reserve a self-guided visit. For self-guided visits, we require one chaperone for every eight students. Themed scavenger hunts, which can be downloaded, copied, and used during your visit, are available at TheAutry.org/ScavengerHunts.

  • LA RAZA

    LA RAZA

    • Grades: 7th-12th Grades
    • Days: Tuesday-Friday (Tours available through February 8, 2019 )
    • Times: 10:00 a.m., 12:30 p.m.
    • Maximum: 30 students per hour

    The LA RAZA exhibition explores photography’s role in articulating the social and political concerns of the Chicano Movement during a pivotal time in the art and history of the United States. Students will work in groups to compare photographs from the exhibition with articles from La Raza to understand photography as a powerful tool of social activism. LA RAZA is part of Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA, an initiative of the Getty and a far-reaching and ambitious exploration of Latin American and Latino art in dialogue with Los Angeles. The presenting sponsor is Bank of America. Major support for LA RAZA provided by the Getty Foundation. Media Sponsor: Univision Los Angeles. Additional Support: AltaMed, La Opinión.

    LA RAZA is part of Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA, a far-reaching and ambitious exploration of Latin American and Latino art in dialogue with Los Angeles, taking place at more than 70 cultural institutions across Southern California. Pacific Standard Time is an initiative of the Getty. The presenting sponsor is Bank of America.