Family Activities

There’s always something fun for families at the Autry! In the Imagination Gallery, experience movie magic as you saddle up and ride through the West, just like movie actors do. Pose for photos on a pretend horse, explore the museum through themed scavenger hunts, and check out our hands-on sound effects station. On weekend afternoons, try your hand at panning for gold.

Each monthly Autry Explorers Family Program features dynamic guest artists and presenters, plus hands-on museum fun for all ages.

  • Pan for Gold!

    Pan for Gold!

    Tuesdays–Sunday, Through July 28, 2017 10:30 a.m.–2:30 p.m.

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

  • Drop-in Family Fun: Let's Play

    June 20–July 28, 2017, Tuesdays–Fridays, 10:30 a.m.–2:30 p.m.

    In celebration of the Autry’s new Play! exhibition, enjoy four square, hula hoops, checkers, cards, and more. 

  • Guided Tours

    Guided Tours

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

    Explore our exhibitions with lively guides who provide deeper insight and context to what’s on display.

  • Bank of America Cardholder Free Weekend

    First full weekend of each month,
    10:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.

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

  • Human Nature Garden

    Family Fun Tours: Native Californians and the Environment

    Saturday, August 5, 2017, 11:00 a.m.

    Explore our ethnobotanical garden, and investigate the relationships Native Californians have with plants as families work in small groups.

  • American Girl Josephina

    Autry Explorers: American Girl® at the Autry

    Sunday, August 6, 2017, 1:00–4:00 p.m.

    Celebrate American Girl Josefina with the Autry!

  • Free Tuesday!

    Free Tuesday!

    Every second Tuesday of the month

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

  • Western Music Association Showcase

    Western Music Association Showcase

    Third Sunday of Every Month, Noon–3:00 p.m.

    Join musicians and cowboy poets as they perform stories and songs of the West and the American cowboy!

  • In Old Monterey (1939) and Heart of the Rio Grande (1942)

    Saturday, August 26, 2017, Noon–2:30 p.m.

    Several of Gene’s films leading up to his military service, including this month’s double feature selections, referenced America’s participation in World War II.

  • Autry Museum Exterior

    Early Closure

    Saturday, October 7, 2017, 10:00 a.m.–2:00 p.m.

    Please note that the museum, store, and café will close at 2:00 p.m.