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Address: 234 Museum Drive at Marion Way, Los Angeles, CA
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Sat 10:00 - 16:00

Offering extensive holdings of Prehispanic, Spanish Colonial, Latino and...

Offering extensive holdings of Prehispanic, Spanish Colonial, Latino and Western Art and artifacts, this is one of the nation's most important museum and archive collections related to the American Indian.

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Wait until the renovations are done before visiting

We visited the SW Museum on Mt Washington for the first time in a dozen years. The grounds are nice, especially from the parking lot to the museum. The collections displayed are... read more

3 of 5 bubblesReviewed 5 December 2014
Sacramento, California
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Ross-on-Wye, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 February 2016

We travelled by train to the museum, the pedestrian entrance is via a long tunnel and lift, an experience in itself. The displays are very interesting. The gardens are beautiful and its all free. I urge you to take a trip to The Lummis House just down the road, the hand built home of the founder of the museum.

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Toledo, Ohio
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 February 2015

The first museum in Los Angeles was started in 1907. This structure was built in 1913-14 and is a National Historic Building. There are examples of pottery by the American Indians dating from the 14th century. It is now part of the Autry National Center and much of the artifacts have been moved to another location. The museum is free... More 

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Sacramento, California
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 December 2014

We visited the SW Museum on Mt Washington for the first time in a dozen years. The grounds are nice, especially from the parking lot to the museum. The collections displayed are VERY limited right now. There is one room where the perimeter has a nice pottery timeline displayed. Otherwise, the tunnel is empty, and there are no baskets on... More 

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Cerritos, California
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 August 2014 via mobile

This museum was grand and beautiful 8-10 years ago. Apparently, the building structure began to deteriorate and water began to leak in putting all of the artifacts at risk. With no money to repair, the Gene Autry Museum stepped in and bought the artifacts and appear to be displaying or housing the artifacts. Now The Southwest Museum is mostly an... More 

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McLean, Virginia
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 December 2013

There must be a complicated back-story, but this museum is definitely not worth a visit. As an occasional LA visitor from back East, I looked forward to visiting this museum during the years it was closed for renovation. Now only open on Saturday, it is a very big disappointment. There's not much to see, and you don't come away having... More 

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Seattle, Washington
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 September 2012

The Southwest Museum, Los Angeles' oldest museum housed one of the most extensive collections of Native American artifacts. It was and is a beautiful edifice. I can remember going there with my children and viewing amazing artifacts from across the Southwest. Today it is the unfortunate victim of reconstruction and refurbishment that leaves a billion dollar collection in boxes, some... More 

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