A member of the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County, the William S. Hart Museum is less than an hour's drive from most areas of Los Angeles.
The William S. Hart Park and Museum is the former retirement home of the famed silent film actor and director who produced a series of hit Western movies in the early 1900's. His beautiful Spanish Colonial Revival Style Mansion – now the Museum – exhibits an impressive collection of Western artwork by noted artists Charles M. Russell, Frederic Remington, and Joe de Yong, as well as mementos from early Hollywood, personal furnishings and effects, and artifacts representing multiple Native American cultures.
The Museum also includes an historic 1910 Ranch House that exhibits Hart's tack and saddle collection, personal furnishings, and additional Hollywood mementos.
Both the Mansion and the Ranch House are located in scenic William S. Hart Park, where guests may enjoy visiting a live collection of farm animals, a herd of American bison, a vast picnic area, a series of hiking trails, and a charming Western-themed Gift Store.
As Mr. Hart's gift to the public, visiting the Park and Museum is always free.
For more information, please call (661) 254-4584 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Cowboys and Carols
Saturday, December 7, 2013
Doors open at 7:0pm - Concert starts at 8:00pm
CONCERT IS SOLD OUT
Sit back, relax, and enjoy an intimate acoustic concert in Bill Hart's Living Room, surrounded by his amazing collection of Western art and Native American artifacts, on Saturday, December 7, 2013 at the annual Cowboys and Carols extravaganza. Dave Stamey, the “Charlie Russell of Western music,” brings his unique blend of cowboy music and humor to the holiday-decorated Hart Mansion to celebrate William S. Hart's 149th birthday! And you can celebrate too with self-guided evening tours of Hart's glorious Spanish Colonial Revival style mansion before the concert starts, and wrap it up with substantial hor d' oeuvres, wine, and holiday treats after Dave Stamey performs. Tickets can be purchased online at www.friendsofhartpark.org or by calling the Museum ticket reservation line at (661) 222-9542.
Day at the Ranch: Chumash
Saturday, December 14, 2013
9:30am – 12:00pm
Cost is FREE (donations accepted)
Pay a visit to the William S. Hart Park and Museum and experience life in an historic Chumash village! Learn how the Chumash lived 500 years ago, including how they gathered and prepared food, how they built their homes, what they did for fun, and so much more! Activities, crafts, games, and Chumash hands-on items round out this fun-filled day, so don’t miss it! Perfect for students in 3rd and 4th grade who are studying historic California Native Americans.
Happenin’s at Hart – Solve the History Mystery
Friday, December 20, 2013
2:00pm – 4:00pm
Hart Park Picnic Area
Cost is FREE!
How do we know all the stuff we do about the past? By studying the clues people before us left behind! Come on out to Hart Park and try your hand at solving mysteries of the past like real historians by looking over some “old documents,” photographs, and other papers people in the past left behind. What do those papers tell us about the people who came before us? That is the history mystery – and we solve it on Friday, December 20 between 2:00pm and 4:00pm in the Hart Park picnic area! All ages welcome!
Open House: Holidays Across Time
Thursday, December 26, 2013
10:00am - 4:00pm
Hart Museum Mansion
Come experience Bill Hart’s gorgeous hilltop mansion in a brand new way: at your own pace! Yes, we open the doors for our second Open House on Thursday, December 26, 2013 and invite you to wander through this 10,000 square-foot Spanish Colonial Revival style home admiring Hart’s impressive collection of Western artwork, Native American artifacts, and personal furnishings and effects at your own leisure. Be sure to bring the family because you can also spend time exploring how the different eras of California history have celebrated the holidays through our series of interactive and creative activity stations. Starting with the legendary Queen Calafia through the historic Native Americans, Spanish California, Mexican California, the Old West, and up through the Progressive Era, the activity stations take a deeper look at the holidays, traditions, and customs important in these different eras, so be sure not to miss it!
The William S. Hart Museum is proud to be participating in the “Passport 2 History” program designed by the Leonis Adobe Association to introduce visitors to the incredible diversity of historical, cultural and natural resources available in California. Visitors will be issued a passport at the Leonis Adobe Museum, and will receive a seal on the relevant page when visiting each participating venue. Historic locations in the program are found throughout Los Angeles, Ventura and San Luis Obispo counties. Get the most out of your gas this year by exploring the wealth of local sites celebrating Southern California's rich past! We look forward to seeing you at the Hart. Check out the Passport 2 History website for complete information and maps, www.passport2history.com
Come be a part of this amazing historic home. When you become a Hart Volunteer, you join a dedicated and passionate team of individuals who work together to engage guests with the Hart collections and keep William S. Hart's legacy alive. Hart Volunteers assist in the following ways:
Volunteers guide the public through the home itself on walking tours, helping visitors explore William S. Hart, his legacy, his home, and the Museum's collections. These tours engage guests with Mr. Hart's life and times as well as Western art, history, nature, Native American culture, animals, and Spanish Colonial Revival Style architecture.
Educational Outreach Program
The Hart Museum partners with Santa Clarita Valley elementary schools to connect 3rd and 4th grade students with local history. Bringing interactive and hands-on education programs into the classrooms, outreaches complement the school's curricula and provide the students a chance to learn more about local history with artifact replicas and interactive activities. Volunteers assist the staff with the outreach programs and work directly with the students and the hands-on objects / activities.
The Friends of Hart Park Gift Store, the Trading Post, offers a variety of Western and Native American items for sale including jewelry, clothing, and accessories, as well as Hart's films, Western books, and other novelties. Volunteers in the Gift Store facilitate sales of the shop's merchandise and engage with visitors about William S. Hart, the Park and Museum, and public programs.
Volunteers also assist with special programs, projects, and events as needed and/or desired.
You do not need any special experience or background to become a Hart Volunteer – just an interest in the Hart material and an enthusiasm for working with our amazing visitors. So consider joining the volunteer team at the William S. Hart Museum! You can help us connect our guests with nature, history, and Hollywood.
Call Rachel Barnes, Education and Volunteer Coordinator, at (661) 254-4584 for more information!