Summer camps at the museums are offered each year. Check website for details.
Lots of fun activities for families ranging from panning for gold to a discovery gallery for kids 5-12. Check website for more information and times.
We thought this was an awesome place, but we did not go with our children. We did not even get to stay here as long as we wanted. I know our young children could not have lastest long here. There is a lot to read and although there are fun things to see, it is not enough for young kids to stay busy while parents read. I would suggest before taking older kids let them see some of the old movies before you go. It would all mean a lot moe to them.
They have FREE day on the 2nd Tuesday of the month for everyone. Parking is FREE too. Bank of America has a FREE day on the first weekend of the month too (if you have a card).
I took my 2 year old on a FREE day. I thought just go if we don't like it then we can go to Travel Town. Win Win.
First it wasn't crowded which I was surprised being FREE. He did very well looking at everything.
Things he loved - riding the saddle and watching himself in a movie. Getting on a fake horse and dressing up like a cowboy. Being in jail. Seeing the buffalo. Wasn't really into the Children's Place...I think it was cause we didn't really get a chance to look since there were students there.
He loved being outside going into the wagon, seeing the waterfall, and fish.
Definitely a place to go. We brought lunch and ran around in the park. Never went to Travel Town that day cause we were there the whole time.
Sure, school-age children enjoy eyeballing a cowboy exhibit or two, but what about energetic toddlers who are used to more hands-on entertainment? Luckily the Gene Autry Western Heritage Museum offers tyke activities such as panning for gold, playing dress-up and pretending to run a restaurant. This is no stuffy, hands-off museum, which is great.
Many people don't know about this, but every 3rd Sunday of each month from noon to 3pm, the Western Music Association has a free jam session in the hall. Several talented Cowboys, Prarie Girls, and musical groups perform live. It is come and go as you please, stop by for a few songs, or stay the whole time. The kids will love dancing and clapping along, and there are always little history stories to add in some education. Such a fun time for all ages!
More than 4,000 Old West artifacts and hands-on exhibits are here, including many designed with children in mind. Special exhibits explore America’s western heritage, including Native American culture, early tourism, and weaving.
I actually got to attend the opening weekend of this museum when Mr. Autry was there! Have been back several times since with my own children and enjoyed it each time. We particularly enjoy the green screen that puts you on horseback in an Old Time Western movie! A great museum to attend when you are studying the pioneers and experience it firsthand! Go panning for gold or see a scene from the OK Corral. Located across from the LA Zoo and nearby Griffith Park and the Observatory, you can combine several activities into one day!