Luis Tapia, Spanish Colonial Carreta, 1994. Wood, carved and painted. Purchase made possible by Joanne and Monte Hale and Irena and Barry Gernstein through the 2004 Gold-level Acquisitions Committee, Autry Museum; 2004.25.1


The Autry’s unique and superb collection is a powerful tool to engage our audiences.  Through this great resource, we enrich the public’s understanding of the historical and contemporary American West and the diversity of the indigenous cultures across the Americas. Protecting and preserving our collection for future generations is one of our greatest responsibilities. Our collection contains art, firearms, saddles, Hollywood Western memorabilia, and Native American baskets, ceramics, jewelry and textiles animating the following themes:

  • California History
  • Native America
  • Environment and Western Resources
  • Ranching and Cowboys
  • Archaeology and Anthropology
  • Popular Culture