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The Autry Museum

As a guest of ours here at Hotel Amarano, you have greater Los Angeles’s undeniably world-class spread of museums at your disposal. From the California African American Museum and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art to the Martial Arts Museum right here in Burbank, the metro area in fact lay claims to one of the most extensive collections of museums of any city in the world.

Another among the standouts is Griffith Park’s Autry Museum of the American West, established back in 1988 as the Gene Autry Museum of Western Heritage by “Singing Cowboy” Gene Autry, his wife Jackie, and their partners Joanne and Monte Hale. The museum—which now also manages the Historic Southwest Museum Mt. Washington Campus, among the most significant collections of American Indian artifacts in the world—focuses on the history, heritage, and cultures of the western United States.

Pay a Visit to the Autry This President’s Day

President’s Day Weekend provides the perfect excuse for paying this unique and wonderfully curated museum (just a few miles east of Hotel Amarano) a visit. Besides the fine permanent displays, there are several notable temporary exhibitions currently open, including the annual art showcase of the Masters of the American West (through March 26) as well as California Impressionism: The Gardena High School Collection (through August 6), presenting highlights of the Impressionist paintings Gardena High seniors gifted their school every year between 1919 and 1956.

Ecological History & Cultural Wisdom: California Continued

You can also eyeball the museum’s newest pride-and-joy, California Continued, which it describes as “the most transformative project in the Autry’s nearly 30-year history.” Fascinating exhibits and a sprawling ethnobotanical garden with better than 60 native Golden State plants tell the story of how indigenous peoples used (and use) the flora, water, and other ecological resources of the California landscape—with plenty of lessons in sustainability for modern-day residents.

Weekend Goings-On at the Autry

The holiday weekend also comes packed with special events. Both Saturday and Sunday will feature guided tours and the “Pan for Gold!” activity, which lets you try your hand at 49ers-style gold-panning. On Saturday at 1:30 PM, the museum’s Western film series screens the historical drama Meek’s Cutoff, set in southeastern Oregon’s high desert. It’ll be a musical Sunday, meanwhile, with the Western Music Association Showcase’s cowboy poetry and songs from noon to 3 PM and Cal State L.A.’s Afro Latin Ensemble scorching up Latin Jazz Sunday at the Autry between 7 and 9 PM.

Get into the Western spirit at the Autry Museum this President’s Day weekend (and beyond), and take advantage of the conveniently situated boutique luxury of Hotel Amarano to do it!

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