Autry Museum of the American West in Griffith Park

The Autry Museum of the American West is located in Griffith Park, directly across the parking lot from the Los Angeles Zoo, at 4700 Western Heritage Way.

The Autry features exhibits of Native American art and artifacts, film memorabilia, historic firearms, paintings and more with its collection of over 500,000 pieces. This collection includes art and artifacts of the Southwest Museum of the American Indian Collection, one of the largest collections of Native American materials in the country.

In addition to a wide range off exhibitions, the museum hosts lectures, film, theater, family events and more. 

Open Tuesday to Friday 10am to 4pm and weekends 10am to 5pm. Closed Mondays. Admission (as of April 2018) is $14 for adults, $10 for students/60+ seniors (with ID), and $6 for kids 3-12. Show your AAA card for 10% off adult admission.  

Free admission on the 2nd Tuesday of the month.

Visit theautry.org for more information.

Train Rides at Griffith Park

Griffith Park & Southern Railroad

The Griffith Park & Southern Railroad has operated almost continuously since 1948.  GP&S Railroad, 4400 Crystal Springs Drive, Los Angeles (near Los Feliz and Riverside) and Travel Town Railroad, 5200 Zoo Drive, Los Angeles, Forest Lawn exit from the 134 Fwy.) are open 364 days a year, closing only on Christmas Day.

If your kids are Thomas the Tank Engine fans, then this is a no-brainer half day excursion.  We visited GP&S over a Memorial Day weekend and the kids could not get enough of the 1 mile mini-train ride, traveling over 2 bridges, a tunnel and a mini-Western town.

Travel Town is a 3/8ths of a mile track that does 2 loops, so you do get 1/4 of a mile more ride for your money on the GP&S track.  Both rides are $2.75 per person as of March 2018 ($2.25 for seniors over age 65). GP&S also has a simulator ride, pony rides and concession stands.  Travel Town also has a railroad equipment history museum as well as dozens of old-time railroad locomotive and cars.

For more information, visit www.gprah.com or call 323.664.6903 (GP&S) or 323.662.9678.

Pics and vid from a trip to Travel Town in April 2011.

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