gene autry museum of the american west

 Yesterday we visited the Gene Autry Museum of the American West.  We have been talking about the Native Americans and the numerous tribes, and learned how and why they were forced and pushed from their lands.  We went a step further by visiting this museum.

 The kids also got an introduction to the Civil War, slavery, the Transcontinental Railroad, and Cowboys.

Well, they had already been pretty versed in Cowboys.  The highlight of the day was probably checking out all the different guns.

We learned that each President of the United States was issued a Colt revolver.  We saw the many different ones issues to Ronald Regan, Lyndon B. Johnson, Richard Nixon to name a few.  All intricately detailed in precious metals.


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The last stop on our tour was the Gene Autry gallery.  The Gene Autry gallery detailed hundreds of movies and tv shows all dedicated to westerns and Cowboys.  We saw many different posters, boots, hats, costumes and clips from some of these westerns.  And the kids got to pretend they were in one via a green screen.  Pretty cool, huh?

All in all, it was a great way to learn more about the Civil war, the west and its people.  And, if you come on the second Tuesday of each month, admission is free thanks to Wells Fargo bank!

The gift shop prices are completely reasonable too!


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