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 2016-17 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 guided tours and programs are 55 minutes long, unless otherwise noted.

  • Eureka! The California Gold Rush

    Eureka! The California Gold Rush New!

    • Grades: 3rd-6th Grades
    • Days: Tuesday–Fridays
    • Times: 10:00 a.m., 11:15 a.m., and 1:00 p.m.
    • Maximum: 30 students per hour

    In this simulation, students will work in small groups to learn about the experiences and challenges that miners of different backgrounds encountered in their quest to strike it rich during the California gold rush of the late 1840s through the early 1850s. Then it's off to the gold mines, where students have the opportunity to learn how to pan for gold, just like the 49ers! The outdoor portion of this program is weather dependent.

  • California’s First Peoples and Environment

    Native Californians and the Environment New!

    • Grades: 3rd-6th Grades
    • Days: Tuesday–Fridays
    • Times: 10:00 a.m., 11:15 a.m., and 1:00 p.m.
    • Maximum: 30 students per hour

    Students will work in small groups as they explore our ethnobotanical garden to investigate the relationships Native Californians have with plants. The outdoor portion of this program is weather dependent.

  • Docent-Guided History of the West Highlight Tour

    Docent-Guided History of the West Highlight Tour

    • Grades: 3rd-6th Grades
    • Days: Tuesday–Fridays
    • Times: 10:00 a.m. and 11:15 a.m.

    Experience the stories behind the artifacts of the vast Autry collection as our docents highlight the history of the West, sharing their knowledge with your students in small groups and enhancing their understanding of history.

  • Oregon Trail

    Adventures on the Oregon Trail

    • Grades: 3rd-6th Grades
    • Days: Tuesday–Fridays
    • Times: 10:00 a.m., 11:15 a.m., and 1:00 p.m.
    • Maximum: 30 students per hour

    Inspire the pioneer in your students! In this simulation, a museum teacher acts as a trail guide for your students while they learn about the hardships of the journey west. Students will work in small groups, making tough decisions about survival as they encounter trials and triumphs on the trail.

  • fur trade

    Encounters: The Fur Trade

    • Grades: 3rd-6th Grades
    • Days: Tuesdays–Fridays
    • Times: 10:00 a.m., 11:15 a.m., and 1:00 p.m.
    • Maximum: 30 students per hour

    Your students will develop a deeper understanding of the complexity of the nineteenth-century fur trade system through historical role-play in which they trade food, animal products, and manufactured goods. Students will work in groups for this simulation to determine if trading is an effective way to conduct business.

  • American Indians of the West

    American Indians of the West

    • Grades: 3rd-6th Grades
    • Days: Tuesday–Fridays
    • Times: 10:00 a.m., 11:15 a.m., and 1:00 p.m.
    • Maximum: 30 students per hour

    Museum teachers will use our replica collection to introduce students to the varied Indigenous cultures of the Southwest, Northwest Coast, and Great Plains. Students will compare tools, foods, and customs to understand how the natural environment contributes to the development of cultures.

  • Discover 1890: Communities in the American West

    Discover 1890: Communities in the American West

    • Grades: 3rd-6th Grades
    • Days: Tuesday–Fridays
    • Times: 10:00 a.m., 11:15 a.m., and 1:00 p.m.
    • Maximum: 30 students per hour

    Students will become historians as they use replica artifacts and primary sources to uncover stories about individuals from various communities in the American West of 1890.

  • Self-Guided Visit

    Self-Guided Visit

    • Grades: K-2nd Grades, 3rd-6th Grades, 7th-12th Grades
    • Days: Tuesday–Fridays
    • Times: Beginning at 12:15 p.m.
    • Maximum: 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. Scavenger hunts, which can be downloaded, copied, and used during your visit, are available here.