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.
Day at the Ranch: SCV History
Take your young’un on a journey to explore the lives of those who came before us, and those who live beside us!
Saturday, June 13, 2015
11:00am – 2:00pm
Hart Museum Ranch House
Cost is FREE
Perfect for students in K – 5th Grade
Come on out to William S. Hart Park and travel back in time to explore 500 years of local history! We start with the historic Tataviam Native Americans, and then continue forward into Spanish California, Mexican California, the early Old West, and all the way up to modern-day Hollywood with a series of fun, interactive, crafty, and hands-on activities! We’ll take on tasks like making our own paint in the same method as the Tataviam, making our own soap like the Spanish, and even making our own mini-movie! This is a perfect half-day for students in 3rd and 4th grade who are studying local and California history too, so don’t miss is!
Happenins at Hart: Homemade Toys!
Fun after-school programs for that young’un to enjoy!
Friday, June 19, 2015
3:30pm – 4:30pm
Hart Park Picnic Area
Cost is FREE
Perfect for students in K – 5th Grade
In the days before video games, iPads, televisions, smart phones, and Toys ‘R Us, families made their own toys at home. And they often used materials they could find easily, or were left over from other activities. What does all this mean? We’re going to make our own toys! That’s right, folks, we try our hand at homemade toys in the June Happenin’s at Hart after school program. So come join us, and see what you can make from straws, beads, pipe cleaners, and a little imagination! Can we also re-arrange the events on that page so they are in the following order:
Bring the young ones along and have some free craftin’ fun on Saturdays at the Hart!
11:00am – 4:00pm
Hart Mansion Back Yard
Cost is FREE!
Perfect for K – 5th Grade
Grab the young’uns and mosey on up the hill in William S. Hart Park to the glorious hilltop Mansion, where you can not only take a free guided tour, but your young ones can have some free craftin’ fun! Set up right outside the Mansion’s back door, on the covered back patio, is the new weekly Crafterday Saturday craft table! The young ones can try their hands at simple crafts like making their own totem poles, designing their own rope art, making their own dreamcatchers, and so much more! The cost is FREE and all are welcome! Activities are geared towards younger participants, but anyone who enjoys crafts will have a grand ol’ time, so don’t miss it.
Crafterday Saturday is weather-permitting. Crafts will be set up every Saturday at 11:00am excepting inclement weather days. For questions about Crafterday Saturday, please call the Museum at (661) 254-4584 or email at email@example.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!