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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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Don't miss this!

If you blink you may miss this place. It has an amazing bunch of film history stuff and is a real bargain.We had no idea so many iconic films had been done up in the hills behind... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
Pasadena, California
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Pasadena, California
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Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

If you blink you may miss this place. It has an amazing bunch of film history stuff and is a real bargain.We had no idea so many iconic films had been done up in the hills behind this place. Make sure you stop by!

Thank Abluteel
Mumbai (Bombay), India
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Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

Old movie posters, movie cameras (some of which are used even today) props, costumes and plenty of history. You don't want to miss this museum. Do watch the short documentary they screen. And they have a QUENTIN TARANTINO autographh somewhere. Yes, he actually partied here!

Thank TheUntourists
Redmond, Oregon
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Take it from a guy who was raised in Hollywood - this is a great cowboy movie museum. Tons of memorabilia on all our favorite screen heroes and a great film on Lone Pine's illustrious film past. On a neighbors recommendation we went out of our way to go through Lone Pine to see this museum. It was worth it!

Thank lewengland2017
Fort Myers Beach, Florida
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Located off of US Hwy 395 in Lone Pine, California, the Lone Pine Film Museum is a favorite of Quentin Tarantino, and is supported by private sponsors and donations and public admission fees which are treated as donations. The Museum is famous for other reasons too, including an annual Lone Pine Film Festival. Up the road you will find Jack's... More 

Thank N4595KRricharde
Seattle, Washington
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Allow at least one hour to tour the museum which requires a $5.00 donation which is not voluntary. More time if you want to check out the gift shop.

Thank Ralph B
Los Angeles, California
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Reviewed 1 week ago

If you like background stories of various Western & SciFi movies, this is your place. They also provide a 15 minute movie, displays, memorabilia all having to do with filming in Lone Pine & the surrounding areas. The suggested donation is only $5.00 and it is well worth it. As well, they have a great little souvenir shop and clean... More 

Thank srarakawa
Tucson, Arizona
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I'm a big movie fan, so this place is right up my alley. It's a well presented collection of movie and TVs show props, posters, and original costumes dating back into the which have been filmed in the area since the 1920s. $5 donation gets you in. A short intro film gives an overview and you cab wander the exhibits... More 

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is a nice museum, not too expensive, and is filled with local film history from movies and television. The local Alabama Hills were the site of many westerns in the early days and have been used for many other movies, tv. shows and commercials. They have a lot of nice atifacts and a short film on the movie making... More 

Thank fungramma51
Clovis, California
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

You will be pleasantly surprised at the amount of memoprabilia here, esp. for the westerns, like Roy Rogers, Gene Autry, and Fresno's William Boy aka Hopalong Cassidy. Lots of nicely restored cameras, cars, and stage coaches too.

Thank golfkat
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

A nice museum in an unexpected area. Staff was enthusiastic and helpful. Lots of great posters and memorabilia. If you ever have been interested in Western movies, this is very interesting.

Thank Jeanne J

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