I’m always looking for FREE things to do with my family that also offers some sort of educational value. Since we have a few days off school coming up within the next month or so, I’m trying to pre-plan some activities.
Here’s an option for an upcoming day off – The Autry National Center of the American West. The Autry offers FREE days on the second Tuesday of every month as well as on New Year’s Day, Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, and Presidents’ Day.
The Autry inhabits a unique niche of Western history and culture. Although there are exemplary art museums and many historic sites in our region, there is only one museum devoted to Western history and culture. The Autry is the only museum of its kind located in a major metropolitan center and the only museum that combines multiple Native American perspectives with Western histories and cultures in such a profoundly interconnected and multifaceted way. No place welcomes so many traditions, ideas, cultures, and people as the Autry. As a museum-plus-education-plus-research institution, the Autry brings together the diverse experiences, collections, and creativity that symbolize the West.
The Autry is located in Griffith Park (another family friendly spot with affordable fun) at 4700 Western Heritage Way, Los Angeles, CA 90027
Museum Hours are Tuesday–Friday: 10:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m., Saturday–Sunday: 10:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.