Family Activities

There’s always something fun for families at the Autry! Experience movie magic as you saddle up and ride through the West. Create your own Western shows with props and costumes, pose for photos on a pretend horse, explore the museum through themed scavenger hunts, and wander through the outdoor garden. On weekends from 11:00 a.m.–3:00 p.m., try your hand at panning for gold. As your family enjoys these activities, please keep in mind that children must be accompanied by an adult at all times. 
 
Changing stations: For your convenience, the restrooms in the museum lobby are equipped with diaper-changing stations. 
 
Strollers: The Autry has a limited number of strollers available to borrow free of charge on a first-come, first-served basis. (You will be asked to leave your photo ID with Visitor Services staff while stroller is being used.) All galleries are accessible to strollers. 
 
Food/Drink: In order to protect the objects in the Autry collections, food and beverages are not allowed inside the museum. Water bottles are permitted inside the galleries. Crossroads West Cafe is open during all museum hours and offers a kids’ menu. Food and drink are allowed on the museum Plaza and picnicking is encouraged on the Autry’s South Lawn.
 
Oversized bags: For the protection of objects in the collection, oversized bags and backpacks are not permitted inside the galleries. You may check oversized bags, backpacks, diaper bags, etc. at the Visitor Services desk.
  • Pan for Gold!

    Saturdays–Sundays, 11:00 a.m.–3:00 p.m.
    Every Second Tuesday of the Month, 10:00 a.m.–Noon

    Learn how to pan for gold, just like how the 49ers did during the California gold rush!

  • Guided Tours

    Guided Tours

    Saturdays and Sundays, 11:00 a.m., 1:00 p.m., and 3:00 p.m.

    Journey through our popular exhibitions with lively guides who provide deeper insight and context to what's on view.

  • California Continued Ethnobotanical Gardens

    In the Garden: Plants for Hunting Tools

    Saturday, December 15th, 2018, 1:00–4:00 p.m.

    Stop by our ethnobotanical garden to learn more about the connections between native plants, the environment, and yourself. 

  • Gold Panning

    Winter Family Drop-in Activities

    December 26–December 28, 11:00 a.m.–3:00 p.m.

    Spend a fun-filled day at the Autry during the holiday break! 

  • Open and Free for New Year’s Day

    Tuesday, January 1, 2019, 10:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m.

    To celebrate the start of 2019, the Autry will offer free admission.

  • Bank of America Cardholder Free Weekend

    Show your Bank of America card for free museum admission during the first full weekend of each month.

  • Free Tuesday!

    Every second Tuesday of the month

    Enjoy free admission to the Autry the second Tuesday of each month.

  • Members' Movie Night: Homeward Bound: The Incredible Journey (1993)

    Saturday, February 16, 2019, 5:00 p.m.

    When their family moves to the big city, three pets think they have been left behind, so they embark on a perilous trek over the Sierra Nevada to find their loved ones.