The fascinating museum was founded in 1988 by the actor and businessman Jean Autry and attracts about 150,000 visitors each year. Autry's goal was to "explore and share the comprehensive story of the American West and its many cultures, and interpret its meaning."
If you liked the series "Little House on the Prairie," enjoy the sight of the wooden carriages, or enjoy guns drawn by noon, in this museum you can see the truth behind these myths. Here you can visit exhibitions of native Indian art and culture, listen to lectures and music performances, and participate, along with the children, of course, in special activities that simulate gold mining and basket weaving.
The museum's collection includes about 21,000 paintings, sculptures, costumes, textiles, weapons, equipment and tools, toys, musical instruments, and other objects.
The old museum was remodeled in 2013. Then the exhibits were arranged according to themes rather than in chronological order. In addition, new technology systems were introduced to enrich the visitor's experience .
Today the museum presents contemporary and historical exhibitions, annual programs for children, intellectual forums and more.
It is recommended to check in advance on the museum's website for special events during your visit to the city.