Experience The Hart
Get ready to explore the world of William S. Hart and step back into Hollywood in the 1920s. Starting as a stage actor he transitioned into movies around age 50. Once on the silver screen William S. Hart quickly became one of the most successful actors in the world. Discover his story through our guided house tour and the self-guided tour through the park.
Visitors are asked to walk up the hill to the Hart Mansion and wait outside the front door until the start of the next tour. When the tour begins, guides will open the door and invite the guests inside.
Once through the mansion's iconic redwood front door, you'll experience the luxuries and amenities of William S. Hart beautiful 1920s-era home. The mansion features Bill Hart's personal possessions—his collection of art by renowned artists (and good friends) Charles Russell, James Montgomery Flagg, and Joe De Yong; his collection of Native American artifacts including an impressive array of baskets and Navajo rugs; his furnishings and home amenities; and even his daily and formal flatware, which sit on the cowboy movie star's dining tables.
As part of the tour, you'll spend some time in the formal dining room, the service area, and the grand foyer on the first floor before heading up the stunning floating staircase to the living room, the guest wing, and the dogs' bedroom (yes, there is a bedroom in the home for Bill Hart's dogs). The museum's team of incredible tour guides focus on different elements of the Hart home, so each tour is unique and no matter how many visits you make, you will see and learn something new each time!
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Although the Ranch House is closed until further notice, visitors can enjoy the Animal Barnyard, Dog Cemetery, Fritz's Memorial, and scenic views of the Santa Clarita Valley. If you're lucky, you'll catch a glimpse of the herd of American Bison living in the park. On your way to these different sites try taking our self-guided tour through the park.
Self-Guided Animal Lover’s Tour
Hart had a deep and abiding love of animals, especially horses and dogs. Today the ranch continues Hart’s legacy of care and love for animals. On your way to the house keep an eye out for these pet friendly highlights.
Please note that leashed dogs are always welcome in the park, however only service dogs may come into the museum.
Hart had 11 beloved dogs, buried in this dog cemetery. Can you spot the marker for Mack? He was a favorite because he came to California in 1914 with Bill on his way to begin his film career.
Not horsing around. There’s also a horse cemetery on the grounds. Keep an eye out for a large bronze and stone monument that honors Hart’s equarian co-star Fritz.
The original herd of eight bison was donated by Walt Disney to Hart Park in 1962. Did you know their scientific name is Bison bison bison? Genus: Bison, species: bison, subspecies: bison, but only saying it once is fine.
Oh deer! The Hart Park ranch is home to ducks, chickens, turkeys, alpacas, rabbits, goats, pigs, deer, donkey, an emu, and a horse. One of the superstars is Deer Abby, who was found wandering after being orphaned.
Once you go inside during a guided tour, spot the dog’s bedroom. Hart spoiled his dogs so much they got their own room. Originally Bill’s bedroom, this room was turned over to his two Harlequin Great Danes, Prince Hamlet and Princess Galatia in 1937.
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