234 Museum Drive, Los Angeles, CA 90065 Tel: (323) 221-2164 Fax: (323) 224-8223 Internet Address: www.southwestmuseum.org Director: Dr. Duane H. King Admission: fee: adult-$6.00, child-$3.00, student-$4.00, senior-$4.00.
Attendance: 63,211 Established: 1907 Open: Tuesday to Sunday, 10am-5pm.
Closed: major holidays.
Facilities: Ethnobotanical garden;
Exhibition Area (4 main halls): Library Raven rattle, 19th century, Tlinget. Southwest Museum col-Braun Research Library (Wed-Sat. lpm-5pm. lection. Photograph by Lawrence Reynolds, courtesy of -/-v i • i \ Southwest Museum, Los Angeles, California.
DU,000 volumes, non-circulating).
Activities: Education Programs: Festivals; Films; Guided Tours; Lectures; Performances; Temporary Exhibitions: Traveling Exhibitions.
Southwest Museum Photo Gallery
The oldest museum in Los Angeles, the Southwest Museum holds one of the nations most important museum, library, and archive collections related to the American Indian. In addition, it has extensive holdings of Pre-Hispanic, Spanish Colonial. Latino, and Western American art and artifacts. The museums four main exhibit halls focus on the native people of the Southwest. California, the Great Plains, and the Northwest Coast. Exhibit highlights include a replica of a Santa Susana Mountains Cbumash Indian rock art site and an 18-foot Southern Cheyenne tipi. Visitors may survey prehistoric Southwest painted pottery and enjoy rotating displays from the museums collection. Traveling exhibitions from other museums and changing exhibitions from the Southwest Museum permanent collection are also presented throughout the year. In 1925, the Museum took on the stewardship of the Casa de Adobe (4605 N. Figueroa, Los Angeles, CA 90065). Built in 1917. the Casa is a replica of a Mexican California ranch house of the early 19th century. It consists of an adobe structure, built according to traditional methods, whose rooms form a quadrangle with a central patio and garden. The Casa houses the Museums collections of materials pertaining to the Spanish presence in the New World. The collections of the Southwest Museum represent Native American cultures from Alaska to South America. Beyond this primary emphasis, the Southwest Museum holds important collections of Meso-American and South American pre-Columbian pottery and textiles, and Hispanic folk and decorative arts.