Programs and Tours

Whether for public, private, or home-school educators, Autry Education programs are designed to provide a high-quality learning experience while maintaining the fun, hands-on atmosphere that makes the field trip experience so rewarding.

The tours and programs listed below are available for the 2017-18 school year during which the Autry will make select programs and tours available in a special afternoon schedule for schools, scouting groups, home-school educators, and groups.

All guided tours are 55 minutes long, unless otherwise noted. Complete the reservation form on this page to book a school tour or program.

All of our tours and programs meet California Academic Content Standards. Here is a complete listing of programs and corresponding California Academic Content Standards.


All guided tours and programs are 55 minutes long, unless otherwise noted.

  • Lights, Camera, Cowboy

    Cowboys: Past and Present

    • K-2nd Grades
    • Tuesday–Friday
    • 10:00 a.m., 11:15 a.m., and 1:00 p.m.
    • 25 students per hour

    Cowboys have always been an important part of the American West. In this program, students explore the galleries and investigate replica cowboy gear to answer the question, “What helps a cowboy do his job?”

  • Animals of the West

    Animals of the West: Engineering With Nature (STEM Content Class)

    • K-2nd Grades
    • Tuesday–Friday
    • 10:00 a.m., 11:15 a.m., and 1:00 p.m.
    • 25 students per hour

    In this interactive STEM-focused program, students will learn how people lived in the West for thousands of years by using their creativity and critical thinking to make tools, clothing, and other useful objects from animals.

  • Sculpture Explorers

    Sculpture Explorers

    • K-2nd Grades
    • Tuesday–Friday
    • 10:00 a.m., 11:15 a.m., and 1:00 p.m.
    • 25 students per hour

    What are sculptures? How are they made? Who makes them? Students will uncover the answers to these questions as they investigate our diverse collection of sculptures throughout the museum.

  • Docent-Guided Early Opportunities Program

    Docent-Guided Early Opportunities Program

    • K-2nd Grades
    • First and third Wednesdays and Thursdays of the month
    • 10:00 a.m. and 11:15 a.m.
    • 30 students per hour

    Led by our trained museum docents, your young students will investigate replica artifacts and role-play to discover the history of Western communities, Plains Indians, and cowboys and cowgirls.

  •  Scheduling

    Self-Guided Visit

    • K-2nd Grades, 3rd-6th Grades, 7th-12th Grades
    • Tuesday–Fridays
    • Beginning at 12:15 p.m.
    • 120 students per hour

    Teachers who wish to spend additional time in the museum or who want to explore on their own may reserve a self-guided visit. For self-guided visits, we require one chaperone for every eight students. 


Education Programs at the Autry are sponsored by:

  • The Albertsons Companies Foundation
  • AltaMed
  • Phyllis H. Barbato
  • Molly and Neal H. Brockmeyer
  • The Capital Group Companies Charitable Foundation
  • Dwight Stuart Youth Fund
  • Edison International
  • David F. Eisenberg
  • Employees Community Fund of Boeing California
  • The Georgina-Fredrick Children’s Foundation
  • Marilyn B. and Calvin B. Gross
  • The Kenneth T. and Eileen L. Norris Foundation
  • Ronald McDonald House Charities of Southern California
  • Brenda and Gary Ruttenberg
  • Sony Pictures Entertainment
  • Thelma Pearl Howard Foundation
  • U.S. Bancorp
  • Union Bank
  • Wells Fargo