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Reviewed May 20, 2013

The Gene Autry Museum far outreaches expectations. The layout, exhibits and displays are exceptional. This is the next best thing to the Buffalo Bill Historical Museum in Cody, Wyoming.

Date of experience: May 2013
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Reviewed May 4, 2013

Gene Autry would not be happy, I think. As a western movie fan, I am not. When it opened, it was a great museum. Then they merged and today, the movies are lost and it is almost all high brow culture. The exhibit in the big room was dedicated to Hopi Dolls. The movie section has been downsized and even in this downsized area, there are chunks vacant where they are getting ready to add a section on art. The gift shop is pretty much like the museum - little movie stuff and a bunch of other stuff. Will not be going back.

Date of experience: April 2013
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tborden, Public Relations Manager at Autry Museum of the American West, responded to this reviewResponded September 23, 2013

Hi wff5,
I'm sorry you did not enjoy your last visit to the Autry. Yes, things are changing, but we haven't strayed from Gene's vision of an evolving American West. There's still much for fans of the West of legend to see, including the "What is a Western?" movie series, the yearly Day of the Cowboy and Cowgirl festival, and the celebration this month of Gene's birthday. Also, when you visited, our "Western Frontiers: Stories of Fact and Fiction" exhibition had not yet opened. I hope you change your mind and come check it out. I think you will like it!

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Reviewed April 29, 2013

The Autry Center and Museum of Western Heritage offers a complete season of Native American plays in its cozy theatre on the grounds. My wife & I saw The Birdhouse written by a Native American woman playwright and featuring a number of Native American actors. It was an excellent experience and made us hunger for more! We plan to return in the daytime to tour the Museum, as it is a very special venue for American Western information.

Date of experience: March 2013
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Reviewed April 13, 2013

This is an interesting and well laid out museum experience. It is in many ways a smaller version of the National Western Heritage Museum in Oklahoma City. However it has a bit of a broader collection in that it includes a variety of western experiences, such as the Chinese area that is also an interactive display for children and includes a walk through house for children to enjoy. There are a variety of child friendly displays, beautiful saddle and leather displays, movie cowboy costumes and so much more. I enjoyed spending the morning at this accessible and well planned museum.

Date of experience: April 2013
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Reviewed April 8, 2013

Visited with spouse for the first time. Upstairs galleries have cowboy and Autry exhibits, as well as a temporary Hopi Katsina exhibit that is wonderful! Downstairs galleries feature the development and settlement of California, with excellent exhibits and artifacts. Lisa See's Chinese Family exhibit with interactive rooms for kids is also fun for adults. Gold panning outside. Nice gift shop with quality items including jewelry, books, and pottery. Will certainly go back!

Date of experience: April 2013
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