The Autry’s Historic Southwest Museum Mt. Washington Campus
234 Museum Drive, Los Angeles (323) 667-2000
Constructed in 1914, the Autry’s Historic Southwest Museum Mt. Washington Campus is the site of the ongoing conservation initiative of the Southwest Museum of the American Indian Collection, one of the largest and most significant collections of Native American materials in the United States. The museum is open and free every Saturday, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Ongoing exhibitions reveal the exquisite range and artistry of the Southwest Museum collection. Four Centuries of Pueblo Pottery features rare ceramics made by the Pueblo peoples of Arizona and New Mexico. Through 100 pottery vessels, bowls, jars, figurines, and other ceramics, this exhibition traces the dramatic changes that transformed the Pueblo pottery tradition in the era following sixteenth-century Spanish colonization to the present.
The community garden overlooking the Arroyo Seco is also open on Saturdays for the public’s enjoyment.
Treasure It Together: In January 2015, the National Trust for Historic Preservation designated this site a National Treasure in partnership with the City of Los Angeles, the Autry, and a broad group of organizations and stakeholders. The goal of the Treasure campaign is to engage residents, community groups, potential partners, and others to define a viable long-term vision for this iconic site. To learn more, visit www.treasureswm.org.
2016 MOTA DAY ACTIVITIES:
- Visitors can tour the exhibition: Four Centuries of Pueblo Pottery which features more than 100 pieces of rare ceramics.
- For the “Hidden in Plain Sight” exhibit: don’t miss a totem pole next to the steps from the outside parking lot. The pole was carved in 1985 by Kwagulth carver Richard Hunt as a memorial pole to his father, Dr. Henry Hunt. Both members of the Hunt family come from a long line of traditional carvers which includes the renowned artist Mungo Martin (Richard Hunt’s grandfather). Hunt was born in 1951 and hails from Alert Bay, Canada. In addition to carving this pole for the historic Southwest Museum, he has carved totems in cities all over the world, including Vancouver, Edinburgh, and Osaka, among others.
- From 1:00 to 4:00 p.m., visitors can explore the ways people have interacted with the Arroyo Seco river tributary over time, and discover the ways we continue to use the river and its surrounding natural resources today. Through activities led by eighth-grade Arroyo Seco Museum Science Magnet School students, play a walnut shell and dice game, mix and mold your own adobe bricks, and learn about native California plants in the community garden.
- The community garden overlooking the Arroyo Seco will also be open; guests can take a self-guided tour, join in a garden scavenger hunt, and observe cordage (ropemaking) demonstrations.