|The Autry Museum of the American West|
Today, I visited the Autry Museum of the American West. It used to be a favorite place to visit when my daughter was small because they had child-friendly interactive exhibits and play areas. But, I haven't been there, recently, and I thought I should go, especially since they did some renovations since my last visit. General admission is $14 for adults, $10 for seniors, but, on the second Tuesday of every month, admission is free and I took advantage of that! Plus, parking is free, too. Frugal fun! I had lunch before I went, but there is a cafe on site, as well.
The museum is both a museum and an art gallery and it contains both historical artifacts and movie memorabilia pertaining to Westerns. I took lots of pictures, that I haven't finished downloading! I plan to do a couple of posts about today's visit!
There are several sculptures even before one enters the museum, itself, between the parking lot and the museum, like this one, which pays tribute to the Pony Express:
According to a plaque at the base of the sculpture, it depicts the moment when Pony Express riders carried copies of Abraham Lincoln's inaugural address from a telegraph station in Nebraska to newspapers in California in the "record time of seven days and seventeen hours":
|Pony Express and Sculpture Plaque |
In the courtyard in front of the museum entrance, one encounters this sculpture of a singing cowboy. I am assuming it is supposed to be Gene Autry and his horse,
Trigger Champion. Not only did I forget to look for a plaque identifying the statue, I cut off part of his head, too! Oops!
|Singing Cowboy (I am assuming it depicts Gene Autry and his horse, Champion)|
There is also this sculpture of a Native American:
|Sculpture of a Native American|
I like the setting for this sculpture, with the plants surrounding it. But, I couldn't find a plaque explaining who he was, though.
Inside the building, on the lobby level, there are art galleries and more sculptures:
According to the plaque, this sculpture was originally made of manzanita branches and then, cast in bronze that was given a patina to resemble the red color of manzanita wood:
Across the atrium from the Red Branch sculpture, is this sculpture, titled "Sacred Rain Arrow":
|"Sacred Rain Arrow"|
|Sacred Rain Arrow|
It reminds me how, when we were having our recent four-year long drought, a rain dance was held in hopes of ending the drought!
On one side of the lobby level, there were several Dine (Navajo) woven blankets displayed:
|Woven Dine (Navajo) Blanket|
|Dine (Navajo) Beeldlei or Eye Dazzler Blanket|
|Dine (Navajo) Blanket - Early Classic-style|
|Dine (Navajo) Moki-style Blanket|
|Two Grey Hills-style|
I thought the blanket patterns would make great quilts!
The lower level contains the more museum type displays. In the middle of the lower level, is a large central area called the Heritage Court, with murals painted on the walls:
|Start of the Mural|
|"Spirits of the West" |
|End of the Mural|
As I mentioned, I took lots of photos, so I shall be doing more posts about my visit to this museum. But, I wanted to include this one photo of a display that pays tribute to Gene Autry, the "Singing Cowboy", after whom the museum is named.
|Gene Autry, "Singing Cowboy"|
I got to the museum around 2:30 p.m. and I left it around 3:45 p.m., as the museum closes at 4:00 p.m. on weekdays.
On the way home, I stopped at the library to pick up the copy of a book I had placed on hold. Then, it was home and tea. I watched news and one other TV program, did a load of laundry, and video chatted with my daughter.
Today, I am grateful for:
- Free days at museums
- Free parking, too
- Frugal fun
- Being able to request books through the library
- Having interesting places to visit that are within easy reach
Tuesday's joyful activity was the visit to the museum!
I didn't finish all my housework I had scheduled for Tuesday, so will do them on Wednesday.
How was your Tuesday? Do you like to visit museums?
Glad you made it to the museum. I always like visiting them and am enjoying this museum through your visit. BTW, I think Gene Autry's horse was Champion and it was Roy Rogers who had Trigger.ReplyDelete
You are right, Live and Learn! The horse's name is Champion! Ha! Shows you how much I know! LOL. Thank you. I went ahead and edited my post!Delete
I agree ... those Navajo blankets are wonderful inspiration for quilts. I also think they would make great knitted/crocheted items.ReplyDelete
Yes, they would, wouldn't they? I love their designs.Delete
Can't beat free :) Looks like a neat museum to visit.ReplyDelete
I like free! :D It is a nice museum. Lots of things to see and interactive displays, etc.Delete
I love museums, especially when they are free to enter. I agree that Roy Rogers had Trigger- but couldn't tell you what Gene Autrey called his horse!! I love the Navajo blankets. As Chris says, they are great inspiration for other stitchcraft.ReplyDelete
Gene Autry's horse was Champion! Live and Learn was right and I edited the post. :)Delete
I love museums and when we lived in Europe I often took advantage of special free days. The Autrey museum looks very interesting.ReplyDelete
Museums are fun places, aren't they? I used to take my daughter to them when she was small, but haven't gone by myself to any until now!Delete