It's A Wonderful Life Museum, Seneca Falls
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The Seneca Falls It’s a Wonderful Life Museum was opened on December 10, 2010. The Museum is located in a portion of what was the first movie theater in town, the Seneca Theater, which was built in 1913 by Charles Fornesi, the first Italian to immigrate to Seneca Falls.

Karolyn Grimes, who played “Zuzu” in the film, has loaned photographs and memorabilia from the film that are on display. The Museum’s Exhibit includes quotes from Frank Capra that focus on his philosophy of the value of each individual together with photographs of scenes from the film.

The Museum illustrates why local residents have long believed that Seneca Falls was the inspiration for Bedford Falls. Information is also presented on Antonio Varacalli, a young man who drowned while trying to save a woman who jumped from the bridge into the canal, whose story might well be the inspiration for some important scenes in the film.

To learn about the “It’s a Wonderful Life” weekend in Seneca Falls, which is always held the second weekend in December, see www.therealbedfordfalls.com
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  • Enjoyed touring the museum and seeing displays about some of the major actors and actresses in the movie. Didn't get a chance to do the walking tour. 
  • The museum was small but very informative. The owners were wonderful and had a lot of interesting information they shared. Loved seeing the detailed information on each of the cast members. They had a...  more »
  • It's just one large area but managed by a local resident who really knows her stuff. Being a huge fan of this movie over the years, it was a real joy to see this.