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Three Museum Treats Waiting for You

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If you plan on visiting California, New Mexico, or Oklahoma in the near future, three of the West's great museums - the Autry National Center, the New Mexico History Museum, and the National Cowboy Museum - are presenting outstanding exhibits that you really should try to go see.

Here's a quick overview of each to tantalize you into traveling.

The Autry National Center in Los Angeles is offering The Art of Native American Basketry: A Living Tradition, running through May 30, 2010. More than 250 hand-crafted baskets from more than 100 cultures, arranged in 11 geographic regions, are on display, offering a unique view of how Native Americans designed and used baskets in their daily lives.

On view are a variety of sizes and shapes, ranging from small Pomo feather baskets crafted for sale to tourists, to enormous Apache olla baskets that were used for storing large quantities of seeds.

The exhibit's objects are selected from the nearly 14,000 baskets found in the Southwest Museum of the American Indian's unique collection, which many experts judge to be one of the world's premier holdings of Native American baskets.

The exhibition can be seen at the Autry's Museum of the American West in Griffith Park.

Both the Southwest Museum and the Museum of the American West are part of the Autry National Center, an intercultural organization dedicated to expanding the public's understanding of the many diverse peoples of the American West.

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