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Museum of Western Film History

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Address: 701 South Main, Lone Pine, CA 93545 (Formerly Museum of Lone Pine Film History)
Phone Number: 17608769909
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10:00 am - 4:00 pm
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Sun 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Mon - Sat 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
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The Museum of Western Film History (previously the Lone Pine Film History...

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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If you are driving by - STOP

Traveling from Lake Tahoe to LA, Lone Pine is a perfect place to stop. The museum was open until 5PM on Sunday and Monday so we were able to stop by. We were the only ones in the... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 3 weeks ago
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Incline Village, Nevada
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Incline Village, Nevada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Traveling from Lake Tahoe to LA, Lone Pine is a perfect place to stop. The museum was open until 5PM on Sunday and Monday so we were able to stop by. We were the only ones in the museum so they started the movie for us. It is a wonderful introduction to what was filmed in the area and the... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We were staying overnight in Lone Pine on our way to Las Vegas and decided to pop in to this museum. What a delightful find it was! The coach from the film 'Djanjo Unchained' had been donated as a few of the scenes had been filmed there. It's amazing how many old cowboy films were shot in this little town!... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2015

Although I didn't know most of the movies, it was still very entertaining and informative. Amazing how much movie memorabilia this museum has. I enjoyed our time and the movie shown was very interesting. I would highly recommend visiting. One negative was the map we got for the Alabama Hills from the museum was not the best explained. I felt... More 

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Sparks, Nevada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 2, 2015

I approach a lot of these museums in small towns with caution. They are either great or amateur hour. This one is great. While the majority of the museum is slanted towards older films and TV shows, all of the displays are well done and professional. Each display provided enough information while not overwhelming you with a lot of useless... More 

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Littlehampton
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 1, 2015 via mobile

Thoroughly enjoyed this after the drive across Death Valley. Good value and very friendly staff. Amazing old film posters and opportunity to photograph yourself next to exhibits without paying for the privilege (although do not touch). Best before driving out to the Alabama Hills in my opinion as the 15 minute introduction video at the museum plays extracts from some... More 

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Seattle, WA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 31, 2015

This fun museum has it all: cardboard figures of John Wayne, Roy Rogers and Dale Evans, Princess Leia and Luke Skywalker. Loads of film posters and books, many items from films made there, I.e. The beast from Tremors and the car from High Sierra. Fun gift shop. The video was informative, but we missed clips or viewings of the films... More 

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Martinez, CA
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2015

An interesting collection of film memorabilia, predominantly from the old westerns made in the Lone Pine / Alabama Hills area. Roy Rogers and Dale Evans artifacts are plentiful. We were there for several presentations during the Lone Pine Film Festival and probably spent about two additional hours just exploring the exhibits. Not sure I'd make it a destination in and... More 

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Eau Claire, Wisconsin
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2015 via mobile

Very friendly nice place.had a great time.good movie of the films made there.would recommend it.nice gift shop.cute town.

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2015

I was expecting a fun enjoyable experience but Bob was so rude and snappy at me. He kept cutting me off and wouldn't let me ask questions. Was very disappointed and will never visit!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2015

Pretty extensive display of movies set in the Alabama Hills/Mount Whitney area. Cool! Bought a few books to commemorate the visit.

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