Southwest Museum of the American Indian Collection in Mt. Washington

Looking for an activity or a new place to explore this Spring? Don’t underestimate local art and culture. The Southwest Museum of the American Indian Collection (located at 234 Museum Drive, Los Angeles, California) is a National Treasure. This historic building houses an archaeological exhibit that can be viewed by visitors on Saturdays from 10 am to 4 pm. This location is the Mt. Washington Campus of the Autry in Griffith Park. The exhibit also includes a basket collection and information on ongoing excavations; the majority of the collection features Native American artifacts and art.

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You can also plan a visit this Spring to The Autry Museum of the American West. Recent renovations to the visitors space will be open starting October 2016.

The museums feature art, historic items, and artifacts of the American West, Native American culture, and Latino culture. The spaces also host lectures, festivals, family programming, and theater. Don’t forget about the archive or the library as well!

The museum was started by the Southwest Society of the Archaeological Institute of America back in 1907. The project was funded by Joseph Scott and was originally opened in Downtown Los Angeles. Since January of last year, the National Trust for Historic Preservation recognized the Southwest Museum of the American Indian as a National Treasure.

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The Autry was voted “Favorite Museum” by readers of the Los Angeles Daily News in 2014 and 2015. The museum offers guided tours (included with admission) of the collections on the weekends.

Don’t forget about opportunities for celebrations, educational activities, and community events at the museum this Spring and Summer. You can attend the Western Music Association Showcase with the whole family on the third Sunday of every month. Also, remember to check out They Don’t Talk Back while it’s still here (until March 20th), a play presented by Narrative Voices at the Wells Fargo Theater. This story, directed by Randy Reinholz, tells the coming-of-age narrative of a boy who goes to live in Alaska with his grandparents of the Tlingit tribe.

If you’d like to visit the collections, remember these are available to you:

-Kaufman Collection

-Four Centuries of Pueblo Pottery

-Masters of the American West Fine Art Exhibition and Sale

-Art of the West

-California Impressionism: The Gardena High School Collection

-Western Frontiers: Stories of Fact and Fiction

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