I was mildly interested in seeing this, and the positive reviews on TA convinced us to go. This rates as a top 5 museum on my list, and having been all over the world, you can trust me. Plan on 2 hours minimum, but there is enough to keep you here longer, then you can visit the LA zoo, next door, or drive around to Griffith Observatory.
This museum is filled with engrossing exhibits such as western tv and movie memorabilia, pioneers, cowboys, bandits, saloons, pony express riders, and so on. They offer gold panning in the garden, and a see-yourself-in-cowboy-movie experience, and kids over the age of about 6 or so should find plenty of interesting things to look at if they know anything at all about the Wild West. There is also an interesting temporary exhibit on Jewish people in LA which we found really engaging. There is plenty of beautiful western art too. This excellent museum should appeal to almost everyone, even if you think you aren't that interested in the Wild West. I am from LA and am ashamed to say that I have never visited until now, which is my loss. Not to be missed while you are in So Cal. Note that there are several days a month with free admission, so check.
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