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“"I've died and gone to movie heaven!"”

Museum of Western Film History
Ranked #2 of 11 things to do in Lone Pine
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Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
Owner description: 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.
Medford, Oregon
Level 2 Contributor
7 reviews
“"I've died and gone to movie heaven!"”
Reviewed October 9, 2012

I can't do justice in a few words to this remarkable repository of information and artifacts about Lone Pine's motion picture history. Suffice it to say, you'll leave with a different feeling about this little town on hwy 395. Who knew? Just 2 miles out Whitney Portal road! Over 400 movies shot here, and the museum is THE place to start learnin' all about it, partners.

Visited October 2012
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Brighton, United Kingdom
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“Suprised how good this Museum was!”
Reviewed September 23, 2012

This Museum is great. My only regret was that we didn't plan for it so only had half an hour to look around you need longer. I loved this area and the finding this place added to a really memorable day. I think even if you're not a fan of westerns you will get something from your visit as you will learn a lot about how the area even today is still used for filming. Many scenes for modern films have been shot here. I loved the costumes and promotional posters and found myself getting nostalgic and you cant help but romanticize about the filming locations and the stars of the old films.

Visited May 2012
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Palmdale, California
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“Museum is a special treat”
Reviewed September 22, 2012

It was an unexpected pleasure the first time we visited the museum. We were so impressed with the movie, the history and the artifacts. We especially liked the guides to the Alabama Hills. We staged pictures with the same backgrounds as some of the movies. It was so much fun!

Visited September 2012
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Carlsbad, California
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“Must see if you are in Lone Pine”
Reviewed September 17, 2012

Very educational and the exhibits are super interesting. Nice to get a bit of history from a town known mostly for being in close proximity of Mount Whitney. If you are into Cowboy Films you will especially like this museum.

Visited July 2012
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Staffs, England
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“Great find!”
Reviewed August 27, 2012

Explains the film history of Lone Pine, starting with a short documentary film in a theatre. Lots of interesting memorabilia from the old days of the cowboys films, and well presented with care. Much more stylish than you might expect!

Visited August 2012
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