Lone Pine Film History Museums, Lone Pine

(4.5/5 based on 300+ reviews on the web)
The Lone Pine Film History Museum celebrates and preserves the diverse movie history of Lone Pine, Death Valley and the Eastern Sierras. The private institution has over 10,000 square feet of exhibits, an eighty-five seat movie theater and gift shop that focuses on keeping alive the cultural heritage of America’s cinematic history through film programs, artifacts preservation and exhibits and events including two film festivals.

Exhibits at the museum reflect the museum’s extensive collections and include: early silent films, post war films, “eastern,” science fiction such as Tremors and Iron Man and the many cowboy heroes who worked locally including John Wayne, Gene Autry and Roy Rogers.

All of this was made possible by a generous gift from Beverly and Jim Rogers of Intermountain West Communications Company. Many items from Mr. Rogers’s personal collection are on display in the museum including the cars from Trail to San Antone and High Sierra. Other film treasures on exhibit include hats and guns of many western stars, costumes from The Shootist, and Errol Flynn’s coat from Kim. Also on exhibit are several silver saddles from Mr. Rogers, including Bolin and Jeff Flowers. The Museum is always looking for gifts of western movies artifacts and posters as well as items available for purchase.
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  • If you're a movie buff (especially old movies) this place is for you. I initially thought 45 min. to an hour - we spent nearly 2 hours. The person at the entrance desk was friendly & full of informati...  more »
  • Open daily even December 25! Very nice welcome by a lady who obviously has great affection for the place! Museum free of charge but we were directly request $5 per person donation at the entrance. It's worth, but I find the system bizarre to require a donation at the entrance, as do charge admission. And if it's a gift we'd rather give it to the exit after seeing the Museum and also would certainly more for the maintenance of the Museum. The Museum is very well done, there's space, you can see everything: cars, coaches, costumes, photos, posters, cinema accessories items. Excerpts from movies filmed in the Alabama Hills pass the memories on display. Screening room with a film report on movies filmed in Lone Pine, very interesting. There were westerns, but also historical, science fiction movies, advertisements, etc. Great back at the time of issuing the last session when we could see the old films of the years 50-60 on television: I fell in childhood or adolescence rather! Hundreds of movies have been filmed here, and until recently: Iron Man, Django Unchained for example. Nice shop with interesting gadgets in the likeness of John Wayne but also DVD and CD. In short, a must if you like the movies of Hollywood! Approximately 1 hour with the documentary. Do not miss to go to the Alabama Hills nearby: the site is beautiful.
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  • I had my doubts about it but went along with others. It was cheap at $5 and really well done. Some great exhibits along with interesting facts about the film industry, the actors and impact on the tow...  more »
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  • Great collection of western movie artifacts! Didn't know that so many of them were shot in Lone Pine. Really wanted to go search for one and watch it after our climb on Mt. Whitney. The entrance is $5 'donation' but you aren't actually given an option to pay less or or don't pay at all. We only had 20 minutes for this museum entrance and I was really leaning for paying $10 for 3 people but didn't dare to ask. This gets a dislike from a new yorker who is used to going to museums for $1:) The movie that they are showing every 30 mins is probably very good but couldn't tell for sure as the video wasn't working when we were there. It was just an audio and the movie is displayed on a TV placed in a movie theatre. If it was a real short movie in a movie theatre, I would've been more willing to pay a higher price for the visit. But all in all, this museum is still very much worth the visit, especially after a long climb/hike day:)
  • Very nice well put-together Museum. If you're into Old films this is the place for you.
  • Love classic westerns and modern movies with dessert? Chances are they had a scene filmed in Lone Pine, CA and this museum has it all covered. Nice short documentary and memorabilia to see.
  • A great museum that specializes in the plethora of "western" TV shows and features that used to be filmed in the area. Recent movies that are also featured include, Tremors, Iron Man, and Django Unchained.
  • An interesting place to stop on your trip. The cost of admission is tax deductable so keep your receipt. Lots of interesting western props and movie trivia.