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Museum of Western Film History

701 South Main, Lone Pine, CA 93545
+1 760-876-9909
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An absolute must for film buffs!

Besides the incomparable mountain views this museum is an absolute must for everybody who loves... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
Buddy-Bear
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Great displays of old films

Lone Pine is a small western town along 395. We stopped here on our drive north to Lake Tahoe. The... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
Alexandra T
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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
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Reviewed 2 days ago

Besides the incomparable mountain views this museum is an absolute must for everybody who loves movies and especially westerns. Over the last decade the museum grew substantially in size of its collections and film presentations. For fans this place alone is worth the drive to...More

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Reviewed 4 days ago

Lone Pine is a small western town along 395. We stopped here on our drive north to Lake Tahoe. The museum is filled with memorabilia from the many western movies filmed nearby and some other movies like Ironman. The entrance fee is a $5 donation...More

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Reviewed 6 days ago

Lone Pine was the movie location for hundreds of films, mostly westerns, during the 30s, 40s and 50s and less so from the 60s on. The museum takes you back through posters, artifacts and a short film. Well worth the $5 admission.

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Reviewed 6 days ago

We visited the museum on our way up highway 395 toward Bishop, CA, and Reno. It isn’t large but it is crammed full of the incredible history of westerns and other films that were fully or partially completed in the Lone Pine area. The backdrop...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This little museum will bring back big memories. With its focus on the great American western those who grew up with John Wayne and Tom Mix will feel like a kid again. Well worth the $5 admission either before or after a drive through Alabama...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

An interesting museum. This area is only about 200 miles east of Hollywood so in the hay day of western film making and many TV series this area was used for location filming. Toady the general area is used for many familiar automobile commercials. Well...More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

So, go. Why not? It’s $5.00 per adult. Towing an RV? Well, you will be able to find parking in the large parking lot. Have a physical handicap? You will be accommodated. I suggest that you watch the movie that serves as an orientation to...More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Terrific little museum with lots of interesting western movie and TV memorabilia. Well worth an hour or so if you're in or passing through Lone Pine.

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

If you're a film buff, you must see this museum. Movie memorabilia, posters, interesting displays of movies filmed in the Alabama Hills. It's small compared to Gene Autreys museum in Los Angeles area, but a very nice, modern place. Two hours to read and see...More

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Reviewed May 15, 2018

This was my first trip thru Hwy 395, wow I should have done this years ago. We stopped in Lone Pine for a night, and saw the museum, what a very pleasant surprise when we went in. This place is filled with an enormous amount...More

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