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Museum of Western Film History

701 South Main, Lone Pine, CA 93545
+1 760-876-9909
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Worth $5/person and two hours

My husband and I had an afternoon and I had read reviews about this place. Though I did not grow up... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
La Verne, California

Who knew... we finally stopped here after driving past several times in the past year. Admission is... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Murrieta, California
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The Museum of Western Film History (previously the Lone Pine Film History Museum) is America’s leading institution of Western Film history that pays tribute to the men and women ofthe silver screen, who interpret the lives of the American Cowboy; the legendary iconic heroes and heroines of America’s West. Founded in 2006 the museum, located in Lone Pine, California collects, preserves and exhibits a broad and diverse collection of western film memorabilia associated with the American western film genre.Film programs, artifact preservation and exhibits, including interpretive projects and displays, provide narrative support for the movies, actors, directors, producers and most importantly, the landscapes that served as a canvas for their stories. The Museum’s exhibits and archival documents are the core of educational programs created to stimulate dialogue in the enduring legacy of our American West. Visitors from around the world have sought out the museum to gain better understanding of Western film and the historical relevance, fact and fiction, that has permeated American and worldwide cultures. The Museum collection, one of the largest and most significant in the United States, is complimented by a publishing arm that supports the Museum’s mission with complementary works. In addition the Museum supports the annual, Lone Pine Western Film Festival on Columbus Day weekend. The Festival features three days of screenings, panels, western authors, entertainment and Alabama Hills tours that feature guided movie site locations tours of movie sites where Hollywood’s biggest western stars performed and of the landscape that has been the venue to over 700 films and 1000 television commercials. The Museum inhabits a unique niche of western history and culture. Although there are many museums featuring documentation on films and historic screen figures, The Museum of Western Film History is the only museum devoted to chronicling western film history and its impact on American culture. The museum is working to incorporate a broad range of technological resources to bring educational and research access to its exhibits and archives through Internet access that reaches out to new and younger technological oriented generations. MISSION STATEMENT The mission of the Museum of Western Film History is to collect, preserve, protect, archive and exhibit a variety of original materials containing information of permanent historical value relating to the history and heritage of the American Western Film for the preservation, education and enrichment of the public. The Museum actively pursues collections of personal papers, business and organizational records, as well as memorabilia that reflect and document aspects of Western film history and popular culture for successive generations to discover.
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701 South Main, Lone Pine, CA 93545
+1 760-876-9909
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Reviewed 1 week ago

My husband and I had an afternoon and I had read reviews about this place. Though I did not grow up in this era nor was I an avid Western history buff, it was interesting just to walk around and see what western/sci-fi films/TV were...More

Thank Pandamonium1362
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Who knew... we finally stopped here after driving past several times in the past year. Admission is $5/person, and the experience starts with a short 15-minute movie that explains about all the movies that were filmed in and around Lone Pine. Photography is permitted, WITHOUT...More

Thank SoCalOregonian
Reviewed 8 November 2017

We have passed this place many times in the past but never stopped and this time we allowed extra time to stop and visit. This is a great place to relive your youth from western films that were taken it the local hills.

Thank Ronald C
Reviewed 6 November 2017

What a great museum. I was in a bit of a rush, and only spent an hour here, but I could have easily spent twice that. Its amazing how many great movies were made in the area.

Thank 836chris
Reviewed 5 November 2017 via mobile

From old film cameras, props from movies, apparel worn by film stars, monsters from Tremors, the museum is full of film history. Most of the items are permanent, however every year at the western film festival it seems they have new items on loan. If...More

Thank AtascocitaTraveler
Reviewed 12 October 2017

Just another place where I figured we would stop for an hour or so. 2+ hours later we were leaving as they started to close the Museum. It was amazing the memorabilia that they have here and the history that is housed. We learned a...More

Thank Mike H
Reviewed 12 October 2017

We passed by this museum a couple of years ago and did'nt have time to stop so made the effort this year so glad that we did very interesting museum if you are into western history film my other half was in his eliment here.

Thank Essexoldgirl
Reviewed 9 October 2017

This place has a lot of interesting memorabelia from films and actors who were in films shot in the area. Reasonable price, lots of information.

Thank Bob R
Reviewed 9 October 2017 via mobile

For a western movie buff, this is a must event. Met some celebrities, saw some expert panels, great films, including two silent films with live piano playing along. The museum is filled with great artifacts and we went on three separate movie location tours, where...More

Thank Bruce S
Reviewed 2 October 2017

So many movies, especially Westerns, were filmed in Lone Pine. The Museum of Wester Film History documents filmmaking in the Lone Pine area. For me, it was a walk down memory lane. From Saturday matinees to more serious topics such as Gunga Din...all connected to...More

Thank SuzanneHolmerSmith
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