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

Happenin’s at Hart: Cereal Box Lamps

Friday, July 17, 2015
3:30pm – 4:30pm
Hart Park Picnic Area
Cost is FREE
Perfect for students in K – 5th Grade

Let there be light… from cereal boxes! That’s right, pardners, we try our hand at making our own table lamps out of the containers for everyone’s favorite breakfast food. No skill or expertise is required; just a willingness to give it a try. And better yet: we provide all the materials for you. So come join us in the Hart Park picnic area for the July Happenins at Hart program, and let the light shine!

Silents Under the Stars

Saturday, August 8, 2015
Twilight tours of the Hart Mansion start at 6:00pm
Dinner and movie start in Hart Hall at 7:00pm
Tickets: $50 / person

It’s the “reel” Old West, alright when the Friends of Hart Park host a fun-filled evening of laughs, food, live music, and more laughs at the annual Silents Under the Stars fundraiser. Kick back and relax out “under the stars” on Bill Hart’s Horseshoe Ranch and watch a classic “Two Gun Bill” silent western, Blue Blazes Rawden, while enjoying live organ accompaniment and a finger-lickin,’ bib-smearin’ BBQ dinner courtesy of Rattler’s. But that’s not all! The evening begins with twilight tours of Bill Hart’s hilltop mansion and a live music performance by Mr. Mild Bill and the Mild Cats as well as a silent auction featuring charming Western collectibles and a screening of the silent Bill Hart parody, Frozen North, starring none other than comedic genius Buster Keaton!

Tickets are on sale NOW and sure to sell out fast, so get yours while you still can! You can purchase them online at www.friendsofhartpark.org or by calling the ticket reservation line at (661) 222-9542. See you all there!

Open House: Architecture

Wednesday, August 12, 2015
11:00am – 4:00pm
Hart Museum Mansion
Cost is FREE
Perfect for all ages

Come on up the hill in Hart Park and wander through Bill Hart’s luxurious mansion at your own pace! Yep, pardners, we open the doors to the 10,000sq-ft hilltop home for you to experience at your own leisure, while you also have a chance to dive into some interactive, crafty, hands-on activities that take a closer look at designing and building your own dream home. Details on activities coming soon!

Crafterday Saturdays
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 information@hartmuseum.org.

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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