Wonderful Life Museum, Seneca, 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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  • Our visit to the museum was on a Tuesday. The sign on the door said open at 10 but it was around 11 before the doors actually opened. We had to hurry through the exhibits because we had other things p...  more »
  • It's a Wonderful Life has been my absolute favorite movie since childhood.. so over the years I've researched Bedford Falls.. where it was, etc... and for years, after finding out that Seneca Falls is...  more »
  • Community run museum honoring the ever popular movie and it's connections with the town. My wife really loved it !  more »
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  • Happened upon this by accident during our first visit to Seneca Falls. very well done, the memorabilia, photographs and stories about the movie and its actors / director are excellent. Picked up a great Christmas ornament signed by Zuzu!
  • The spirit of Bedford Falls is alive! It's a wonderful museum with a plethora of information on the movie, the director, the stars, and even the short story it was based on. The man running the museum was so friendly and so passionate about it. It felt good to find someone living their job as he did. If you're in the area, I recommend this museum. If you love the movie, I recommend you pay this area a visit. You will not be disappointed.
  • Nice little museum.

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