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Southwest Museum

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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... read more

Reviewed 5 December 2014
Sacramento, California
The renovations are well under way, and the exhibit is terrific

The Southwest Museum, which is located in a historic building, had become run down, as had its... read more

Reviewed 22 May 2018
Yokohama, Japan
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21 May 2018
“The renovations are well under way, and the exhibit is terrific”
14 Feb 2016
“Beautiful artefacts with an interesting history”
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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234 Museum Dr, Los Angeles, CA 90065-5000
+1 323-221-2164
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Reviewed 22 May 2018

The Southwest Museum, which is located in a historic building, had become run down, as had its building. You can easily find old reviews complaining about its poor condition and the lack of good exhibits. Ignore those out-of-date reviews! We were there in May 2018....More

Date of experience: May 2018
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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...More

Date of experience: February 2016
4  Thank Caroline-Bennett
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...More

Date of experience: February 2015
3  Thank Ray-n-Sol
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...More

Date of experience: November 2014
1  Thank micchio
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...More

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Reviewed 29 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...More

Date of experience: December 2013
1  Thank 60726Nicky_11
Reviewed 30 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...More

Date of experience: September 2012
3  Thank Jaybobb
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