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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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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 love old Western movies you will love this place!!! Great variety of old pictures and memorabilia. So cool to think about all the actors who once stayed in this town. Loved... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 3 days ago
Carol A
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Kernersville, North Carolina, United States
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Kernersville, North Carolina, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

If you love old Western movies you will love this place!!! Great variety of old pictures and memorabilia. So cool to think about all the actors who once stayed in this town. Loved it!!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Friendly and knowledgeable staff make for an inviting visit. Lot of props that western film buffs like myself would appreciate and cherish. They even had a Tremors display! Totally worth the $5.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

This is a small museum. We spent no more than an hour and a half here, including watching the 15 film. It is, however, filled with wonderful film memorabilia - posters, costumes, props, wagons, cars, marketing stuff.... It's a great break from the drive up 395.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

My dad loved the old westerns with the singing cowboys. He thought the museum was great. I never really enjoyed them myself, but i was fascinated by the movie history of the area. In the movies the Alabama Hills stood in for other planets, India, you name it. Take the dirt roads outside of town to see old movie locations.... More 

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Agoura, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The movie they show on the history of the connection between Lone Pine, and the movie and TV industry is worth the 5 bucks by itself,N the exhibits are worth a look , a good place to stop for about a hour.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

What a great little museum in the town of Lone Pine. There is a 15 min film you can watch to learn about all the films (mostly Westerns) shot in this area. Then you can cruise around and look at the memorabilia and check out the gift shop. Great way to spend an hour!

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Tulare, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This museum has memorabilia you would expect in a big city. I drove past, but my wife made me turn around. I am so happy I did. We have been there 4 times now. If you are a movie fan, especially of Westerns, do not miss this jewel. Now, every time we are passing through or staying in Lone Pine,... More 

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Lancaster, California
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I’m honestly not a big fan of the western movie genre but I did find this museum interesting. My favorite things to see were the movie posters and the vintage/antique toys and merchandising objects from the movies and t.v. shows. There are some newer exhibits for recent western movies like “Django Unchained.” I’m glad I stopped in and would have... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Well worth a visit for the movie history alone.Easy to reach on main road as you come into town on left,heading north.

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Port Hueneme, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

If you are driving through Lone Pine, stop at this museum. Worth the $5 to see old western movie memorabilia. And they have a great gift shop.

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