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!

    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.

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

  • California Continued Ethnobotanical Gardens

    Drop-in Garden Activity: Growing a Gathering Garden

    Saturday, February 24, 2018, 1:00–4:00 p.m.

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

  • Bank of America Cardholder Free Weekend

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

  • Latin Jazz Sunday at the Autry

    Latin Jazz Sunday at the Autry

    Sunday, March 4, 2018, 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.

  • Free Tuesday!

    Every second Tuesday of the month

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

  • Autry Ethnobotanical Garden

    In the Garden: Gathering, an Important Relationship Between Plants and People

    Saturday, March 17, 2018, 1:00–4:00 p.m.

    Stop by the Autry’s ethnobotanical garden to discover the connections between native plants, the environment, and yourself.
  • 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

    LEGO® and Lincoln Logs®

    Sunday, March 25, 2018, 1:00 p.m.

    Use LEGO® and Lincoln Logs® to build cabins, farmhouses, and other sites inspired by nineteenth-century photographs and paintings.
  • In the Garden: Native Plant Sale

    Sunday, April 15, 2018, 1:00–4:00 p.m.

    Come to the Autry’s garden to learn about its plants from ethnobotanist and educator Nicholas Hummingbird (Cahuilla-Apache), then select a plant to bring home from our California Native plant sale.