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Updated: November 20, 2022 @ 11:08 pm
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The Southwest Museum opened in 1914. Photo by Martha Benedict

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The Southwest Museum opened in 1914. Photo by Martha Benedict
Mount Washington — The Southwest Museum, one of the city’s oldest, has closed its doors indefinitely following a fire department inspection, according to museum officials.
The abrupt closure sent the organizers of the upcoming Discovery Tour Revival scrambling to find another starting point for the art event and Northeast L.A. studio tour.
The hilltop museum closed in mid-August following “a number of safety concerns” found by an L.A. Fire Department inspection, according to a statement issued by the Autry Museum of the American West, which owns the Southwest.
The Autry did not say what the concerns were but said they must be addressed for the facility to comply with the municipal code. “The Autry is reviewing the LAFD’s report and assessing the timeline and fiscal impact of the repairs needed.”
The Southwest, once home to a highly regarded collection of Native American artifacts, was open only on Saturday afternoons. But the Arroyo Arts Collective had booked the museum as the starting point and main exhibition area for its Sept. 17 Discovery Tour Revival, which had been on hiatus for five years.
“The museum was our hub,” said Ralph Waxman, co-president of the collective. Now, Avenue 50 Studio in Highland Park will serve as the tour’s starting point. But an image of the Southwest Museum’s tower remains on the event poster. 
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