Notice: The Autry will close at 3 p.m. on May 18, 2024. 

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Consider volunteering four to eight hours a week at the Autry! Ask about our flexible hours, Monday through Friday. 

For those who enjoy a desk assignment, there is plenty to do behind-the-scenes in the administration offices. Database entry, letter-writing, and mailings are some of the projects available. Volunteers can learn from their experiences helping in a specialized area such as marketing, graphic design, or membership. Those who like a fast-paced office environment will enjoy these volunteer opportunities.

Another great way to make a difference at the Autry is to volunteer your time and skills at our events and exhibitions. Or you can choose to work behind-the-scenes or up front at The Ausman Family Visitor Services Desk. Volunteers of all ages and abilities are a vital part of the success of the Autry, and some of the ways you can participate are listed below.

To learn more, please contact Sarah Wilson at 323.495.4309 or

Autry membership is required to volunteer.

Greet Visitors

Join the friendly and informative Autry staff in welcoming and guiding museum visitors. You can volunteer during regular museum hours or at special events like Sizzling Summer Nights and the American Indian Arts Marketplace. Helping at The Ausman Family Visitor Services Desk gives you the opportunity to attend events and interact with visitors and staff.

Become a Docent

Love the West? Teach the West! History buffs and Western enthusiasts are invited to participate in this year’s summer docent training classes. Join scholars, curators, and educators in exploring the American West through history and artifacts. Then enjoy the rewards of passing along your knowledge to museum visitors as a tour guide. For more information, visit

Participants must attend the Docent Training Program, which is offered from mid-July to mid-September.

Help With Programs

Volunteers who love to be in the middle of the action love to help with our public programs. We need the most assistance with our big festivals—everything from directing visitors to the event locations and escorting performers backstage to staffing booths and organizing other volunteers. Smaller programs may call for taking tickets and checking RSVP lists. You can choose from theatre and music performances, lectures, festivals, food and film series, and Autry Store sales.

Land Acknowledgment

The Autry Museum of the American West acknowledges the Gabrielino/Tongva peoples as the traditional land caretakers of Tovaangar (the Los Angeles basin and So. Channel Islands). We recognize that the Autry Museum and its campuses are located on the traditional lands of Gabrielino/Tongva peoples and we pay our respects to the Honuukvetam (Ancestors), ‘Ahiihirom (Elders) and ‘Eyoohiinkem (our relatives/relations) past, present and emerging.

The Autry Museum in Griffith Park

4700 Western Heritage Way

Los Angeles, CA 90027-1462
Located northeast of downtown, across from the Los Angeles Zoo.
Map and Directions

Free parking for Autry visitors.

Tuesday–Friday 10:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m.
Saturday–Sunday 10:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.

Food Trucks are available on select days, contact us for details at 323.495.4252.
The cafe is temporarily closed until further notice.