The Museum of Western Film history is dedicated to preserving the Heritage and History of the Iconic "Cowboys," Men & Women” in American Western Film.
The museum’s 10,500 square feet of exhibits and an eighty-five seat “State of the Art” movie theater offer visitors a unique visual experience, that documents and interprets the cultural heritage and deep historic roots of one of America’s indigenous and colorful personas as portrayed in Western cinematic film history through film programs, artifact preservation and exhibits including interpretive projects and displays. A museum gift shop carries a wide assortment of collectibles and memorabilia.
For over 100 years, beginning with the early silent films, the Hollywood studios have found the Eastern Sierra Nevada and the rugged Alabama Hills the perfect "back lot" for making films.
The region has provided a rich and varied palette for over 700 film-makers as landscapes for TV Westerns, major Sci-fi and action films; and as a fill-in for India, China and other Eastern locations. Hollywood’s greatest actors and directors have graced our Alabama Hills and Owens Valley locations. The area is also host to a myriad of commercial shoots each year featuring the latest and most powerful new autos and trucks, as well as a dramatic background for numerous fashion commercials.
The Museum's exhibits represent a wide and extensive collection of historic memorabilia. Feature exhibits include a tribute to the 20 year era of the Singing Cowboys in movies; an exciting new exhibit honoring the 75th anniversary of the silver screen release of the Lone Ranger Serial; and updated exhibits on Hopalong Cassidy, William Witney, William Wellman and Audie Murphy.
Contemporary actors including William Shatner, Kevin Bacon and Robert Downey Jr. have all filmed in the shadow of Mount Whitney, the highest summit in the contiguous United States, in such films as Star Trek, Tremors and Iron Man. The Museum is fortunate that Quentin Tarantino thought Lone Pine the perfect place for scenes for his 2012 release, Django Unchained, and our lobby hosts the Dentist Wagon from the movie, a signed script, and Quentin’s director chair.
Come visit and enjoy a very unique film experience … and join us each Columbus Day weekend for our annual Lone Pine Film Festival honoring the heroes and heroines of the silver screen. Mingle with celebrity guests, visit the movie sites with the "back lot tours;" enjoy classic film screenings, film discussions, Saturday night concert featuring the best of America’s Western talent, a Sunday Cowboy Church service and close the weekend with an old fashion “Main Street Parade" and Sunday evening's campfire roundup in the park.
Lone Pine Film History Museum
Watch a short film on Lone Pine...then come see it ALL!
All of this, on location in Lone Pine... “Where the Real West Becomes the Reel West!”
The community’s ambitious plans were realized in 2006 with cooperation and support of the people of Lone Pine, the local business community and the generous financial support of Beverly and Jim Rogers of Intermountain West Communications Company. Upon completion of the facility, Mr. Rogers' contributed many items from his personal collection for display, including cars, silver saddles, and other valuable film treasures. Also on exhibit are hats and guns from many western stars, costumes from "The Shootist" and a coat that Errol Flynn wore in "Kim." The Museum has continued to build its collections with donations from numerous individuals in the industry, as well as collectors and interested individuals who believe in the Museum's mission to provide both a showplace for Western film artifacts and towards the long term objective to develop an accessible archive for print and visual media celebrating our Western film heritage. The Museum's extended ‘Back Lot Tours' are presented with the cooperation and support of the California Bureau of Land Management.
The Lone Pine Museum is the fulfillment of the dreams of a number of people in the Lone Pine community whose initial passion was to honor the heritage of western film making in the area. The growth of the museum exhibits and support by visitors and members has seen extensive documentation of western film beyond the area locale. As such, the museum’s mission has expanded to pay tribute to All Western film. It is meant to celebrate the men and women, infront of and behind the cameras, which have brought the excitement and adventure of Western films to the silver screen, our television and now our digital medium.
Open year round, seven days a week, except for Christmas and New Years Day.Hours Open: 10 am to 5 pm (Mon, Tues, Wed,); 10 am to 6 pm (Thurs, Fri, Sat); 10 am to 4 pm (Sun) Admission: Suggested Donation - Adults $5, children and Active Members of the Military & Museum Members are free. Please call as seasonal hours may change in the Fall. 760-876-9909