The Community Gallery interprets the West through the lens of the racial, ethnic and religious communities important to Western development between 1885 and 1895. Using 1890 census data, the gallery compares and contrasts family and daily life, education, religious beliefs, politics, and work among eight different communities. The gallery also includes an area illustrating the saloon as the social center of many Western communities. Highlights of the Community Gallery include a 19th century fire engine, Osage wedding dress, child’s vaquero outfit, Chinese immigration certificate, and ornate mail-order bar. Within the Community Gallery is a section on Law & Order in the 19th century West. Highlights include Billy the Kid's rifle and items associated with lawman Pat Garrett.
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The Conquest gallery picks up the story of the American West after the Civil War. The flood of Americans into the West overwhelmed native people and created new and deadly conflicts. The gallery...


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The Opportunity gallery explores the turbulent period between 1820 and 1860 when thousands of migrants moved to the West in search of a better life. Learn about the experiences of the explorers,...


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The Autry announces the reconfiguration of part of its Romance Gallery to prominently feature Western art from the early twentieth century. Focused on the unique, regional landscapes of the desert...

Greg Martin Colt Gallery

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On July 23, 2011, the Autry unveiled a new exhibition in the Greg Martin Colt Gallery that explores the history of Samuel Colt’s revolutionary revolver in the American West. The exhibition looks at...

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