William S. Hart Ranch and Museum

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Williams S. Hart Ranch and Museum The Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County

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 information@hartmuseum.org.

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Upcoming Events

Happenins at Hart: Pirate Ships
Fun after-school programs for that young’un to enjoy!
Friday, March 20, 2015
3:30pm – 4:30pm
Hart Park Picnic Area
Cost is FREE!
Perfect for students in K – 5th Grade


Bill Hart had a pirate ship?? Well, he did own a model one – and it’s on display inside his hilltop mansion too! – and for the March installment of the monthly Happenins at Hart after school program, we are going to make our own model pirate ship! Join us for this free, fun, crafty, and arrrrgggghhh activity where we provide all the supplies and you do all the model-buildin’!


Day at the Ranch: Wildlife
Take your young’un on a journey to explore the lives of those who came before us, and those who live beside us!
Saturday, March 21, 2015
11:00am – 2:00pm
Hart Park Nature Trail**
Cost is FREE!
Perfect for students in K – 5th Grade


Bill Hart may have called it The Horseshoe Ranch, and he may have lived in a gorgeous hilltop mansion as befitting an international movie star. But the 150-acre property that Hart owned was (and still is!) windswept wilderness, and home to a stunning variety of wildlife. At this, our newest, latest, and greatest iteration in the Day at the Ranch series, we’re going to take a closer look at those creepies, crawlies, critters, and creepers (plants!) that live in Hart Park. Activities include a chance to make your own cactus art, explore wild animal tracks, search for snakes with your own homemade magnifying glass, and make scientific observations about birds! So come on out and join us as we explores the wilds of the Horseshoe Ranch!

**Activities will be stationed along Hart Park’s Nature Trail, a ¼-mile hiking trail that starts in the parking lots near the Animal Barnyard and Trading Post Gift Store, and winds up the hill to the Bison Viewing Station, located about halfway between the parking lots and the Hart Mansion at the top of the hill. All guests are encouraged to wear sturdy walking shoes, and to bring hats, sunscreen, and water.


Cowboy Festival Comes to Hart!
April 17 – 19, 2015
William S. Hart Museum
Costs vary; see program information below for details
Perfect for all ages!!


Friday, April 17 from 12:00pm – 4:00pm
This activity is perfect for those young’uns in K – 5th grade!
The Hart Museum kicks off the 22nd Cowboy Festival with a special, extended Happenin’s at Hart on Friday, April 17!  Hike on up to Bill Hart’s glorious hilltop mansion, and make your own serape!  That’s right, pardners, Hart’s Horseshoe Ranch was once grazing land for the 44,000-acre el Rancho San Francisco, under the management of Mexican Vaquero, don Antonio del Valle.  And we honor this heritage by designing our own version of the single most important item in a vaquero’s wardrobe – his colorful serape!  We will be set up right in front of the Hart Mansion, so come on up!  Cost is completely FREE, and we provide all the supplies.  You do the designing!

Saturday, April 18 from 11:00am – 4:00pm, and Sunday, April 19 from 11:00am – 4:00pm
Bill Hart may have only played a cowboy on screen, but his beautiful Spanish Colonial Revival mansion is a cowboy’s dream home.  So come on up the hill and enjoy the chance to wander through the movie star’s private residence, experiencing his incredible collections of western artwork, Native American artifacts, and personal furnishings at your own pace!  Yes, pardners, we open the doors for you to enjoy the beauty, history, and culture of Bill Hart’s home at your leisure.  Docents will be on hand to answer all your questions and introduce you to the cowboy behind the movie camera.  Don’t forget the family since we will offer them young’uns a chance to make their own sombrero and their own mini horse pal at our fun crafty tables set up right outside the mansion on the front drive.  Cost is FREE!

Friday, April 17 at 8:00pm
What happens when you mix jazz, swing, and cowboy music?  CowBop happens!  That’s right, pardners, this award-winning quintet returns to the William S. Hart Mansion for a one-night only performance, and their only performance at the Cowboy Festival!  So don’t miss your chance to see them serve it up swingin’ and jazzy in the comforts of Bill Hart’s own Living Room.  Surrounded by Charles Russell masterpieces, an amazing collection of Native American baskets, and yes, a bear skin rug to boot, you aren’t going to find a better venue for the unique musical stylings of CowBop.  Tickets are $45 a piece, and on sale at www.cowboyfestival.org

Saturday, April 18 at 8:00pm
The legend of Wild West showman, Buffalo Bill Cody comes to larger-than-life in this one-man show, An Evening with Buffalo Bill, staged by longtime Western actor and consultant, Peter Sherayko.  Sit back and relax in Bill Hart’s luxurious living room – all 1200 square feet of it! – and enjoy this intimate evening of humor and history.  Tickets on sale now for this incredible and unique experience at www.cowboyfestival.org.  At only $40 a piece, hurry up and get yours before this hit show sells out!


Crafterday Saturdays
Bring the young ones along and have some free craftin’ fun on Saturdays at the Hart!
Saturdays
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 information@hartmuseum.org.

Passport 2 History
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


Volunteers Wanted

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:

Museum Tours
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.

Gift Store
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.

Special Events
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!


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