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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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Great Museum for Film Fans

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

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Camp Connell, CA
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Interesting with lots of old historical artifacts from the early Western movie days. I am not that interested or familiar with cowboy movies so it wasn't a must see for me but if you like Westerns you will love this museum.

Thank Seirshalove727
Camp Connell, CA
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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 on. If you were a cowboy movie fan, you will love it.

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New Iberia
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We enjoyed the exhibits of movies and TV series from our youth. This small, inexpensive, museum is worth a visit, especially if you are old enough to remember the westerns of 50 years ago. There is special treat for fans of the more recent "Tremors " movies!

Thank cajuntraveler713
South Pasadena, California
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We were here late afternoon in mid march 2017; it has lot of preserved items from several popular western movies. Very nice staff. No ticket needed, but a donation of $5 or as you like. Worth visiting place at this peaceful town of Lone Pine.

1 Thank Asoka G
Melbourne, Australia
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Reviewed 19 March 2017 via mobile

This place is like stepping back in time the history of the area and the movie scene is really interesting and the staff are helpful. The place is up to date and well maintained. A stop here makes you understand the significance of the area to Hollywood

1 Thank bridgetrus
Los Osos, California
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Reviewed 16 March 2017

I was in Lone Pine to start a little trip to Death Valley when I learned about this museum. I did not expect how detailed and varied the exhibits would be. I grew up in the era of TV Westerns (Gene Autry, Roy Rogers, Hopalong Cassidy) etc) and it was great fun to see the exhibits on these cowboys and... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 8 March 2017

The museum is really well presented with a history of film making in the area. Its obviously been put together by real enthusiasts. As I walked around, it brought back so many childhood memories of watching westerns on TV. And they only ask for a very modest donation on entry. Well worth it.

1 Thank EssexRon
napa ca
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Reviewed 7 March 2017 via mobile

What's not to like about Lone Pine, the film- rich history of the Alabama Hills and beautiful Eaatern Sierras? And they all come together in this remarkable museum dedicated to Western film history much of which these classic movies were filmed on location here since the 1920s! . The exhibits are first class, fun and interesting for all ages. How... More 

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Austin, Texas
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Reviewed 22 February 2017 via mobile

This Museum is a gem in the middle of Lone Pine! Very well done and lots to learn. Everyone that has ever seen a film should visit! Older generations will recognize a lot of movies and memorabilia , but younger ones can learn a lot!! Loved it!

1 Thank JulieannesAdventure
Barstow, California, United States
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Reviewed 20 February 2017

This museum gives the history of movies that were filmed in the Alabama Hills outside of Lone Pine. Many western movies were filmed here including those featuring John Wayne, Gene Autry and Roy Rogers. But, the museum also has exhibits where the desert was used for eastern venues such as Afghanistan, India, and Iraq. It has exhibits for Star Wars... More 

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