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“Discover the story of the town”

Museum of Western Film History
Ranked #2 of 12 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.
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“Discover the story of the town”
Reviewed April 12, 2013

If i put an "excellent ", this is because you could discover in small towns in America , some very interesting things to do just driving from a point to another one ; this museum is dedicated to cow-boys stories and movies which have been done near the town ; there is a little museum and a cinema where they explained you the large amount of films done in this town ; thanks again for the warm welcome of passionate people there .

Visited July 2012
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Ridgecrest, California, Usa
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“Great Western Museum”
Reviewed April 6, 2013

Lone Pine is a wonderful little town. The museum is amazing. The staff continuously updates the exhibits. This staff is friendly and helpful. I bought a lifetime membership, but did not receive a membership card. I asked a staff member at the museum about it, and within a half an hour I had my card. The only reason it took that long was the person who issued it was in a different building, and had to deliver it to the museum.

Visited March 2013
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Mesquite, Nevada
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“A Little Gem”
Reviewed April 2, 2013

Do not miss this little gem of a museum. The cost is $5 per person and well worth it. It is pretty large inside with great "rooms" set up featuring many of the old actors and film memorabilia, which is very informative and interesting. It documents all the Cowboy/Western "B" movies that were filmed on location around Lone Pine. This place has a nice little gift shop as well. They have a nice movie theater inside and play some old movies there on special dates, but always have a 20-minute documentary about the movies made in Lone Pine that is highly engaging. One thing that I really appreciated is that they allow camera work and photographs to be taken inside of the museum, which is unusual.

Visited March 2013
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Bishop, CA
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“Small, Informative Film Museum”
Reviewed March 15, 2013

This is a small but lovely film museum with theatre that celebrates the many B westerns (including Django Unchained) filmed in the Alabama Hills of Lone Pine, CA

Visited June 2012
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London, United Kingdom
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“Great for Cowboy enthusiasts!”
Reviewed March 7, 2013

If you find yourself with spare time in Lone Pine, it is worth a quick visit to the Film History Museum to discover more about the hundreds of Cowboy movies filmed in the Alabama Hills.  Also, for those over 60 or so, it is a trip down memory lane.  For those of you who are much younger Quentin Tarantino filmed some of Django Unchained here in 2011. The museum is well done, doesn't take more than an hour (unless you are a real cowboy film aficionado) and costs $5.

Visited March 2013
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