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
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  • This is a small museum... free of charge (but they accept donations). There is A LOT of pictures, trivia, mementos, etc. from the classic movie. It is mostly a 'reading' museum with descriptions below...  more »
  • This is mecca for IAWL fans. Would like to visit again when it is not the IAWL weekend due to crowds. 
  • The museum said it was one of only 4 movie museums in the country! Wow! Seneca Falls claims to be the inspiration for the town of Bedford Falls in the movie Its a Wonderful Life. This museum has memor...  more »