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.

  • 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.

  • Guided Tours

    Guided Tours

    Select weekends, 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.

  • Pan for Gold!

    Pan for Gold!

    Saturday and 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!

  • movie night

    Members' Movie Night: Rango (2011)

    Saturday, April 1, 2017, 6:30 p.m.

    Arrive early for refreshments, games, and an introduction by Josh Garrett-Davis, Gamble Assistant Curator of Western History, Popular Culture, and Firearms.

  • 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!

  • Autry Explorers: Wild About Clay

    Autry Explorers: Wild About Clay

    Sunday, April 30, 2017, 1:00–4:00 p.m.

    See like an artist, think like an animal, and make a ball of clay come to life!

  • Latin Jazz Sunday at the Autry

    Latin Jazz Sunday at the Autry

    Sunday, May 14, 2017, 7:00–9:00 p.m.

    Relax with an evening of playful music and rhythmic dancing featuring Cal State L.A.’s award-winning Afro Latin Ensemble.

  • Homeschool Day

    Homeschool Day

    Thursday, May 18, 2017, 1:00–3:00 p.m.

    Come play with us!  Celebrate our upcoming summer exhibition “Play!” with a special Homeschool Day to learn about the toys and games children (and adults) enjoyed throughout history.

  • Autry Explorers: Blossom’s Basket Class

    Saturday, May 20, 2017, 1:00–4:00 p.m.

    Create your own round reed basket with master weaver Blossom Hathaway (Cahuilla/Apache)and family in this drop-in workshop. Learn to weave with rattan—a flexible and durable palm used by communities across the globe—and try your hand at techniques passed down through...

  • The Autry’s Historic Southwest Museum Mt. Washington Campus

    Lummis Days

    Saturday and Sunday, June 3 and 4, 10:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m.

    Discover the creativity of Northeast Los Angeles through this weekend of art, music, and poetry.

  • Let's Play! Drop-in Family Fun

    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. 

  • California Indian Basketweavers Gathering

    Friday–Sunday, June 23–25, 2017, 10:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m.

    Experience the largest convening of traditional California Indian basketweavers in the state! Join the California Indian Basketweavers Association (CIBA) and the Autry for a full weekend of workshops, exhibits, cultural demonstrations, and family activities. On Saturday, see a pop-up showcase...