about William S. Hart and the Ranch
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?
From mid-June until Labor Day the museum is open to the public Wednesday
through Sunday, with the first tour starting at 11:00 am the last
tour starting at 3:30 pm. From Labor Day until mid-June the museum
is open Wednesday through Friday from 10:00 am with the last tour
starting at 12:30 pm and on Saturday and Sunday from 11:00 am with
the last tour starting at 3:30 pm. There are only guided tours through
the museum, and groups of ten people or more should call ahead to
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.
For more information
regarding the William S. Hart Museum and Ranch, please call (661)
254-4584 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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