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James Dean Gallery

425 N. Main Street, Fairmount, IN 46928
765 948-3326
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Ranked #2 of 5 Attractions in Fairmount
Type: Specialty Museums, Museums
Owner description: The James Dean Gallery is a Museum Exhibit and Gift Shop housed in a beautifully restored 1903 Victorian Home on tree lined North Main Street in the... more » Owner description: The James Dean Gallery is a Museum Exhibit and Gift Shop housed in a beautifully restored 1903 Victorian Home on tree lined North Main Street in the legendary actor's hometown of Fairmount, Indiana. The extensive Museum Exhibit fills several rooms and chronicles the boyhood days growing up in Fairmount right through the Hollywood Years and the tragic car accident that claimed his life at age 24. There is also a screening room which shows rare James Dean film clips continuously.A Fun, interesting and informative Attraction for Family members of all ages!A FREE map is given to visitors showing other points of interest in Fairmount including James Dean's Gravesite and the Boyhood Home.The James Dean Gallery is Open Every Day from 9am to 6pm, closed Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Years Day.Admission is FREE, and Donations are gratefully accepted « less
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West Lafayette, Indiana
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29 reviews 29 reviews
12 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2014

I've been one of the Gallery family since the 1990s. David Loehr and Lenny Prussack are the most welcoming hosts you ever met. Regular visitors come for breakfasts, picnics and holiday events. The collection has changed locations (in part) from time to time, but it is all back in Fairmount now. Watch rare video clips in the viewing room, learn... More

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Frankfort, in
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45 reviews 45 reviews
22 attraction reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014

If you have a little time and enjoy museums, you would enjoy looking around and the owner will tell you about his life. While his life got cut short at 24 and died in 1955. It did make a few movies. While I was 3 when he died, it was interesting to see and hear about his life. There's also... More

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Dallas, Texas
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39 reviews 39 reviews
7 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2014

Wonderful collection of memorabilia and more importantly an owner who is so informative and enlightening. His passion and interest in the James Dean phenomena is catching. We took a couple of grandchildren who had no clue as to who James Dean was. The kids are 10 and 14 and an expected degree of boredom was present but being from Indiana... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2014 via mobile

Took my two children to the museum. They enjoyed it just as much as I did. They really enjoyed the short film. The two workers were extremely friendly and gave me a map of the area.

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Louisville,KY
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92 reviews 92 reviews
41 attraction reviews
54 helpful votes 54 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 8, 2013

Drove into Fairmount on a pretty Sunday and it is like going back in time. Very quiet almost deserted town on a Sunday. But it gave me a wierd feeling I cant describe knowing that James Dean came from such a small town and skyrocketed to fame. The museum was great and then riding by his old house and cemetery... More

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Atlanta, Georgia
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24 reviews 24 reviews
12 attraction reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2013

Loved my visit to the James Dean Gallery - wish I'd had more than an hour to peruse this largest collection of James Dean memorobilia in one place! Movie posters (for viewing and for sale), photographs, report cards, high school play playbills, and just tons of other stuff! Some great T-shirts I haven't seen anywhere else and all sorts of... More

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Gatlinburg, Tennessee
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90 reviews 90 reviews
32 attraction reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2013

Got there just as it was opening for the day. It was a great tour. The proprietors are so knowledgeable. It was so nice to remember life in the simpler times. So glad I decided to stop.

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Portage, Indiana
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2012

This really is a magical place that hearkens back to the simpler times and gives great insight into what life was like in a place where time seems to stand still. Hospitality at the gallery is second to none!

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Rhodes, Dhodhekanisos, Greece
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5 reviews 5 reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2012

The proprietors, David and Lenny, are the warmest, most knowledgeable hosts... The James Dean exhibit is powerful and obviously put together with great care and compassion... The adjoining retail space "Rebel Rebel" is a wonderland of fun... plan on spending a good amount of time there...

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Chicago, Illinois
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7 reviews 7 reviews
7 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2012

Such a large collection of James Dean memorabilia that it is really hard to see it all...I couldn't focus on every little detail because there is so much to take in. You need to visit lots and often to make sure that you really see everything. Very well displayed items.... Great gift shop. ...Wonderful friendly owners...very informative and helpful...Must see... More

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