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The Autry Museum of the American West opens most transformative project in its history 

Autry Human Nature GardenOn October 9, 2016, the Autry Museum of the American West in Los Angeles opened its doors unveiling its most significant and dynamic renovation since its doors first opened in 1988.This major transformative project, titled California Continued, spans nearly 20,000 square feet of redesigned indoor and outdoor spaces encompassing both temporary and core galleries, an ethnobotanical teaching garden, and an immersive media projection room.

This important and visually spectacular project explores the interdependent relationship between the peoples, the history and the environment of California.

Mabel McKayThe new experience at the Autry is divided into three separate yet intertwined components. The ethnobotanical gardens, called the Human Nature Garden, allows visitors to explore some 60 native California plant species while learning about their past and present uses. This 7,000-square-foot gardencomprises relaxation areas, a wetlands cove, pond, waterfall, basalt columns, and a large California Oak tree, integrating culture with the environment, and  reminding visitors that they are standing on Tongva lands. 

The Life and Work of Mabel McKay is a special exhibit which showcases the legacy of this renowned Pomo basket weaver and healer and is the Autry’s first solo show dedicated to a Native American woman’s life and work.

The California Road Trip room is a destination for rest and inspiration. Through the six-hour panoramic and close-up dual projection film, visitors are invited to discover California’s most scenic and varied landscapes and biomes including Death Valley, the ocean bluffs of Big Sur, the starry skies of Joshua Tree and the majestic giants of the California Redwoods.

“We are thrilled to introduce these powerful and interdisciplinary exhibitions,” said W. Richard West, Jr., the Autry's President and CEO. “As with our Native forebears, our relationship to the land is informed by art, cultures, and science. These new exhibitions celebrate our interconnectedness with the environment, using the lessons of the past to better understand our present and guide us in our shared future.” 

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