President’s Day is a national holiday and an opportunity for families to come together and spend time with each other on activities. This year, the Autry Museum, formerly known as the Gene Autry Museum of Western Heritage and located in Griffith Park, is offering free entry. This museum was originally founded by Gene and Jackie Autry along with Monte and Joanne Hale, with the aim of interpreting the American West and its influence throughout America as well as the rest of the world.
The venue has dedicated itself to the lives of famous cowboys, cowgirls, Native American actors, and singers. There are several permanent exhibits throughout the museum which highlights the cowboy experience throughout the ages right up to present day, explores the Hollywood West, takes a look at how different ethnic communities lived together, and displays a collection of Pueblo Pottery.
In addition to those exhibits, the Gene Autry Museum also displays a large portion of the Southwest Museum collection. The Southwest is the oldest museum in Los Angeles, however, it is mostly closed to the public aside from a few Saturdays a year, so if you want to view those exhibits, then a visit to the Autry Center is essential. Also on the site, you will find the Crossroads café in which you can enjoy a bit of lunch during your visit, and a beautiful gift shop offering the best in souvenirs for you to take home.
The Autry is open from 10am to 4pm Monday to Friday, and 10am to 5pm on Saturday and Sunday, and there are always regular events and exhibitions for your entertainment. So this President’s Day, take a trip back to the Old West and throw yourself into the history of all things cowboy that’s suitable for all members of the family. It is sure to be a fantastic day, enjoyed by locals and visitors, so if you are in town, a visit to this museum is definitely one of the things to do in Hollywood!