Lone Pine Film History Museums, Lone Pine

(4.6/5 based on 320+ 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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  • 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 co...  more »
  • 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 sp...  more »
  • 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...  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.