Autry Outreach: Bringing Museum Discovery to the Classroom

Autry Outreach: Bringing Museum Discovery to the Classroom

Outreach and In-Classroom Programs

Autry Outreach programs bring together students, teachers, and museum professionals to learn about history in fun and engaging ways. Because of the special attention we provide to our outreach classrooms, space is limited. To learn more, please contact 

Autry in Residence (Grades 3–5)

An hour-long, object-based history program Autry-in-Residence makes learning history fun while fostering student-driven learning, critical thinking, and 21stcentury skills. Trained museum teachers come to your classroom with a collection of objects related to specific topics in the history of the American West. Working in teams and facilitated by Autry staff, students become history detectives, learning about the past by looking at—and asking questions about—an object or group of objects.

Grade 3: The history and culture of the Tongva people (the first Angelenos)
Grade 4: The diverse peoples of the California gold rush
Grade 5: The experience of migrants on the Overland Trails

For more information or to book Autry-in-Residence for your school, please contact

Autry Classroom Curators (Grades 1–12)

A project-based learning program for students in elementary, middle, and high school

Autry Classroom Curators turns students into researchers, scholars, and problem solvers, training them in a wide range of skills for college and the job market. Classroom teachers, students, and Autry staff work together closely to implement a project-based learning unit related to topics already studied in class. Students work toward creating a public product, which is then premiered either at the museum, in the community, or at their school. Here, students display their works and speak to attendees about their research, demonstrating their depth of knowledge and acquired skills. We are extremely proud of the partnerships, learning, and friendships we have developed through Autry Classroom Curators, and we are always looking to work with new teachers and students. If you are interested in this program, please contact to learn more.


Autry Classroom Curators

Educational Programs at the Autry are sponsored by:

The Albertsons Companies Foundation • AltaMed • Phyllis H. Barbato • Molly and Neal H. Brockmeyer • The Capital Group Companies Charitable Foundation • Dwight Stuart Youth Fund • Edison International • David F. Eisenberg • Employees Community Fund of Boeing California • The Georgina-Fredrick Children’s Foundation • Marilyn B. and Calvin B. Gross • The Kenneth T. and Eileen L. Norris Foundation • Ronald McDonald House Charities of Southern California • Brenda and Gary Ruttenberg • Sony Pictures Entertainment • Thelma Pearl Howard Foundation • U.S. Bancorp • Union Bank • Wells Fargo