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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: +1 760-876-9909
10:00 - 17:00
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Sun 10:00 - 16:00
Mon - Sat 10:00 - 17:00
Recommended length of visit: <1 hour

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.


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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Have driven by this place for years.Made our visit the point of our stay. Fantastic,if you are into western movies and TV show,this is your Mecca!

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Yucaipa, California
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Yucaipa, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Have driven by this place for years.Made our visit the point of our stay. Fantastic,if you are into western movies and TV show,this is your Mecca!

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The Villages, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

What a great museum! Not huge but well put together with sensational exhibits which should mean lots to old western movie buffs. We were going to a family wedding on the coast, but i had heard of this place from a friend here in FL and decided we should visit soon. I regret we were a week late for their... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I am not a big film buff but I found the place pretty darn interesting. I saw pictures of all the cowboys who were on tv in the late 40's and early 50's. Some of the backstories were fascinating. The Alabama Hills are in California? Who knew. This is mainly a stop for people over 50.

Thank Pixelpanderer
San Diego, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Very interesting and fun place to visit, love all the costumes and history, really interesting to learn about the history and places the movies were filmed and then actually go to the Alabama Hills and see the actual locations the movies were shot on id like making a connection the cowboys and cowgirls of old, be sure to get a... More 

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Thousand Oaks, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Nicely and lovingly curated, small-but-dense museum of mostly western film memorabilia. Museum-goers of a certain age will be delighted to see items like Roy Rogers lunchboxes and the like. Lots of posters, props, etc.; some space is given to more recent movies filmed in the Lone Pine area, such as Ironman and Star Wars, but the majority of the collection... More 

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Union, Oregon
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 October 2016

Great museum for us older movie buffs. Great displays. Old pictures and movies. Brought back a lot of memories. Definitely worth a stop.

Thank DaBride
Palmdale, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 October 2016

Lots of fun for oldsters who remember black and white and silent films, for boomers who grew up on the Lone Ranger and other series and younger people with some interest in learning. Very very interesting.

San Francisco, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 October 2016

This Western Film Festival I recently attended now has a 25 year history, with a core group of dedicated volunteers within the Museum community there who are passionate about preserving the history, and they even are responsible for encouraging other movie and advertising film folks that still come there to do their projects in some of the most majestic Mountain... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 October 2016

Stopped by again during this years Film Festival and was surprised by all the new displays. It's been two years since our last visit and the museum is totally changed. I really enjoyed the new camera displays and the RKO camera car is beautiful. If you haven't been here in awhile, or never, you have to stop by and check... More 

Thank ragsdad
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 October 2016

I stopped th this small museum and was highly impressed. It is good for a couple of hours but there is a lot to see. It is packed with western movie and western actor memorabilia. It brought back a lot of memories. Well worth the visit and it is right on the west side of Highway 395 on the south... More 

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