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The Autry Center

Los Angeles, California: Our adventure today brought us once again to Griffith Park - this time to visit the Autry Center, named for one of the museum founders, Gene Autry.

Special Delivery - Douglas Van Howd

The Autry Museum is dedicated to sharing experiences of the people who settled the west - cowboys, Chinese immigrants, gold miners - and they also have over 250,000 significant Native American artifacts - from one of the most extensive collections in the world. There are many rifles and saddles to see!

Though DT and I had a much-rushed much-abbreviated tour through the museum (since we were with a two year old), we both enjoyed the art and interesting displays of western life.

Leo liked "riding a horse" at the museum

The family in the outdoor "gold mining" area

Murals at the Autry Center

The "exploration" area for children is awesome. Kids can unpack treasures from China and "work" in a Chinese restaurant. They can also pan for gold (on weekends).

Even a bike rack is a place to play

Indian tacos from the on-site cafe

All-in-all, a great museum for the entire family.

Leo had my camera on the way back to the house. He snapped a self-portrait.

NOTE TO READERS: I will be taking the next several days off due to the Yom Kippur holiday. Happy New Year!

Until my next update, I remain, your cowgirl correspondent.