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Southwest Museum

 
 
Southwest Museum Marker image. Click for full size.
By Craig Baker, March 3, 2018
1. Southwest Museum Marker
Inscription. The first museum in Los Angeles.
Dedicated to the Native Peoples of the Southwest.
Declared Historic-Cultural Monument No. 283.
 
Erected 1984 by City of Los Angeles. (Marker Number 283.)
 
Location. 34° 6.027′ N, 118° 12.339′ W. Marker is in Los Angeles, California, in Los Angeles County. Marker can be reached from the intersection of Museum Drive and Marmion Way. Touch for map. A driveway leads to parking at the top of the hill, or use the pedestrian tunnel entrance at street level which leads to an elevator. Open Saturdays 10-4. Marker is at or near this postal address: 234 Museum Dr, Los Angeles CA 90065, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Lummis Home (approx. half a mile away); Hale House, Circa 1887 (approx. 0.9 miles away); Valley Knudsen Garden Residence (approx. 0.9 miles away); Barack Obama ‘83 (approx. 1.9 miles away); Portolá Trail (approx. 2.3 miles away); Mother Ditch and The History Slugs (approx. 2.7 miles away); San Antonio Winery (approx. 2.8 miles away); First Jewish Site in Los Angeles (approx. 2.9 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Los Angeles.
 
Regarding Southwest Museum.
Southwest Museum Marker, left side of entrance. image. Click for full size.
By Craig Baker, March 3, 2018
2. Southwest Museum Marker, left side of entrance.
The Southwest Museum of the American Indian was built in 1914 by Charles Lummis. It has one of the finest collections of Native American objects in the world. In 2003, the Autry Museum purchased this museum and moved many of the artifacts to their location in Griffith Park, or into storage. Only one gallery is open to the public, on Saturdays from 10 AM to 4 PM.
 
Also see . . .
1. Museum Website. Information about this location and the collection. Also, visit the Autry Museum to see more artifacts on display. (Submitted on March 4, 2018, by Craig Baker of Sylmar, California.) 

2. Future Plans. A 2017 report. Website of Friends of The Southwest Museum, a community organization working to revitalize the museum. (Submitted on March 4, 2018, by Craig Baker of Sylmar, California.) 
 
Additional keywords. Lummis Home, Autry National Center of the American West, Mount Washington, Highland Park Heritage, American Indian
 
Categories. AnthropologyEducationNative Americans
 
Second Marker, right side of entrance. image. Click for full size.
By Craig Baker, March 3, 2018
3. Second Marker, right side of entrance.
Entrance area image. Click for full size.
By Craig Baker, March 3, 2018
4. Entrance area
Southwest Museum image. Click for full size.
By Craig Baker, March 3, 2018
5. Southwest Museum
Tunnel Entrance on Museum Drive image. Click for full size.
By Craig Baker, March 3, 2018
6. Tunnel Entrance on Museum Drive
Entrance tunnel to elevator. image. Click for full size.
By Craig Baker, March 3, 2018
7. Entrance tunnel to elevator.
Completed in 1920 to allow easier access to the museum, before it was possible to drive up the hill. Provided an exciting start to visits by school children (including me, -CB).
Museum Display of modern ceramics image. Click for full size.
By Craig Baker, March 3, 2018
8. Museum Display of modern ceramics
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on March 9, 2018. This page originally submitted on March 4, 2018, by Craig Baker of Sylmar, California. This page has been viewed 113 times since then. Last updated on March 7, 2018, by Craig Baker of Sylmar, California. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on March 4, 2018, by Craig Baker of Sylmar, California.   7, 8. submitted on March 7, 2018, by Craig Baker of Sylmar, California. • Andrew Ruppenstein was the editor who published this page.
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