Historic Southwest Museum Mt. Washington Campus
A space founded in 1907 by Charles F. Lummis to preserve Native American relics and share the history of the tribes of the Southwest.
On a clear day, this hillside museum offers a commanding view of the mountains. The Southwest Museum is one of the city's treasures, as every local schoolchild knows. It showcases Native American arts and crafts and gives visitors a glimpse of what California and its neighboring states were like before the Spanish and American colonizations. The pottery and basket collections are especially good, as is the exhibit detailing Plains Indian cosmology, clothing and war rites. Rotating special shows feature everything from contemporary photography to prehistoric pottery. The gift shop is a favorite of collecting cognoscenti, and the Braun Research Library houses one of the world's finest collections of material on Native American cultures.