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Museum of Western Film History

701 South Main, Lone Pine, CA 93545
+1 760-876-9909
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Fun Film on Lone Pine Film HIstory and Exhibits - $5.00 to see Museum of Western Film History, Lone Pine

We went to the Museum of Western Film History in Lone Pine. It cost us $5 adult and we spent... read more

Reviewed 5 days ago
Fremont, California
Not Just Old Westerns!

We like movies, so this was a must see. There are many OLD movies that are highlighted, but also... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Jo W
Vacaville, 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
+1 760-876-9909
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Reviewed 5 days ago

We went to the Museum of Western Film History in Lone Pine. It cost us $5 adult and we spent about 1/2 hour there. One might stay up to about an hour. The movie in the nice movie theater was interesting on Lone Pine Film...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We like movies, so this was a must see. There are many OLD movies that are highlighted, but also several newer ones, too. How about Star Wars, Tremors, and Django Unchained? The museum highlights beautifully the role played by Owens Valley and Lone Pine in...More

Thank Jo W
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

LOCATION: Right in town and easy to get to. COST: Don't recall, but used a senior/AAA discount of some kind I believe. TIME TO VIEW: We read most everything, taking our time, saw the movie, gift shop...all in all, about 2-21/2 hours. WHAT TO SEE:...More

Thank dleewilloughby
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Definitely worth a look if you're in Lone Pine. Admission is free, however you're encouraged to donate 5 dollars per person which is very reasonable and good value. Interesting collection of movie memorabilia related to the film's shot in the Alabama hills.

Thank Jason H
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We decided to check the museum out while staying in Lone Pine. Not real big Western Film fans but it was interesting. I'm sure Western fans would really enjoy it.

Thank KRB21
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We had an extra hour or so before meeting friends for lunch so we stopped into this little museum in Lone Pine. We were so glad that we did! The museum is not big, but there is a lot to learn about the history of...More

Thank AmieK1
Reviewed 16 July 2017

This is a great little museum, lots of western history. It is good to watch the 15 minute short film to get a better insight into the town history. The only ones we really knew were the later films. Layout was good and the service...More

Thank JensogSetta
Reviewed 16 July 2017

The Museum of Western Film History is not the type of place you expect to find in a tiny town like Lone Pine. Highly recommend watching the 15 minute film that tells the history of film making in the nearby Alabama Hills. Great exhibits on...More

Thank Beaverton Duck
Reviewed 15 July 2017

It was blazing hot in Lone Pine so we made a stop at this museum for a welcome break from the heat. We were very impressed by how comprehensive and well displayed the extensive collection is in this museum. Really stellar and a unique topic...More

Thank Jefsa
Reviewed 14 July 2017 via mobile

Stopped at the Museum to take in the history of the Cowboy and western film making around Lone Pine. Recommend watching the short 15 minute film that puts everything into context. Museum contained informative material although the museum is small in size. It took us...More

Thank Steve A
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