This area was prime location for movies from the 1920s and Fatty Arbuckle to Ironman in the 2000s. But mostly it is about the B grade westerns made in the 30s-50s, which I grew up... read more
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.