Where is William S. Hart Park and Museum?
William S. Hart Park and Museum is located at 24151 Newhall Avenue in Newhall, California. Take the 5 freeway going north, to the 14 freeway (Antelope Valley Freeway) going towards Palmdale. Take the first exit, which is Newhall Avenue. Proceed west for approximately 1.5 miles. Hart Park's entrance will be on your left just after you cross the railroad tracks. Once you are inside Hart Park, you will see arrows that direct you to a walking path to get to the Hart Museum. The phone number for the Hart Museum is (661) 254-4584.
What are the hours of the museum? Are there tours?
Visits to the Hart Museum's mansion are by guided tour only. To visit on a tour, please arrive outside the front door of the mansion (at the top of the hill in William S. Hart Park) at least five minutes prior to the start of the tour you wish to take. Guides will open the front door and greet you outside. Tours start on the hour and half hour during the Museum's hours of operation.
During the summer (from mid-June until Labor Day), the museum is open for guided tours Wednesdays - Sundays, 11:00am - 4:00pm. During the school year, (Labor Day until mid-June), the museum is open for guided tours Wednesdays - Fridays, 12:00pm - 3:00pm, and Saturdays - Sundays, 11:00am - 4:00pm. Weekday tours start on the hour and half-hour, with the final tour starting one half hour before closing. Weekend tours start on the hour, with the last tour beginning at 3:00pm.
Who was William S. Hart?
William S Hart was a silent film star at the beginning of the century. He made western cowboy films and was famous for making the most-authentic true-to-life films of the time. He lived in Hollywood for most of his career, but in 1926 Bill commissioned Arthur Kelly to build a mansion in Newhall. Bill Hart was also a great art collector; his magnificent home is now filled with art from artists like Charlie Russell and Frederic Remington. When he died he left his home and the surrounding land to the county of Los Angeles, hoping that he could give back to the community that had treated him so generously. Now his home, and all the great art within it can be appreciated by anyone who wishes to come by.
Are there activities for kids?
Surrounding the museum there is a large park, perfect for picnics and barbeques. The park is home to a herd of American Bison (buffalo), fun nature trails and a gift shop. There is also a barnyard area with live animals! Also within park grounds is the Santa Clarita Historical Society which is open for tours on weekends.
What kind of art is in the museum?
The museum boasts an impressive collection of western themed art. It holds oil paintings, watercolors, ink drawings and bronze sculpture done by such notable artists as Charles Russell, Joe De Young, Charles Christadoro and Frederic Remington. Along with this, the museum contains a myriad of authentic Native American artifacts along with many of the movie props from the 1920's that William S. Hart collected.
Do you have accommodations for handicapped visitors?
Yes, we can provide guided tours during the times listed above for our handicapped visitors, but reservations are required. Please call ahead of your visit.