A museum celebrating the American West, in fact and fiction, in Glendale.
Gene Autry was one of the first Singing Cowboys, and made himself a lot of money doing it. His most famous song is one you may be familiar with: “Back in the Saddle Again”. Autry only lost his spot on the top perch when he went to serve in World War II, only to be replaced by Roy Rogers, who also made himself a lot of money as a Singing cowboy.
Autry turned his fortune into a number of Los Angeles area staples. He was the original owner of the California, now Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. He also opened up a Museum dedicated to Western Heritage, named of course, after himself.
The place looks humungous on the outside, but its not that big. Don’t get me wrong, it’s quite big, but you might be surprised with how fast you’re able to move through the place. There is a standing history of Hollywood and the Cowboy (singing or otherwise), which is the star of the show, but the Autry is about more than movie history. They also do a lot of history of the settling of the west, and aren’t afraid to tell it like it is, both good and bad.
A trip to California, especially Los Angeles isn’t complete without a visit to the Autry. There are a number of Museums scattered throughout the country dedicated to Western Heritage (of course, we’re a cowboy culture). But it is the Autry’s connection to Hollywood that makes it unique.
IMPORTANT SAFETY TIP, PEOPLE: Just remember what I said about its size. It’s quite big, but not as big as you think looking at the outside.
PARKING: The Autry National Center has its own parking lot, which it shares with the Los Angeles Zoo (didn’t know we had a zoo, did ya?). The lots fairly big, so even when its crowded you should be able to find a space. Trick is, how far you’re willing to walk.
Autry National Center
4700 Western Heritage Way
Los Angeles, CA 90027-1462
Tuesday – Saturday: 10:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m.
Sunday: 11:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.