Sure, movie buffs can watch all the films they can and read up on the history of the industry… but visiting a museum can take this passion to a whole new level.
There are museums dedicated to preserving the film industry's defining moments and artifacts, ones known for interesting and entertaining exhibits and collections. By visiting these spots, fans can learn more, see props used in favorite flicks and even walk along with the sets where popular scenes were filmed.
In short, these are the museums that are based on movies and the film industry that every fan should check out.
10 The Hollywood Museum
The biggest collection of movie memorabilia on the planet can be seen at The Hollywood Museum. According to its website, it has even been called the #1 Tourist Attraction In Hollywood by LA Weekly!
Here, guests can view and enjoy over 10,000 iconic pieces from the movie industry, such as Marilyn Monroe’s famous dress, Rocky Balboa’s boxing gloves, Hannibal Lecter’s jail cell, Harry Potter’s robe and Christopher Reeve’s costume from the Superman movie. This location has history, too, as the Max Factor Building is where classic makeup looks were created by this well-known beauty brand.
9 The Museum of the Moving Image
The Museum of the Moving Image can be found in Astoria, New York and is the only one of its kind to focus on the art, history, technique, and technology of the moving image that can be found in the country. Through exhibits, programs, discussions, projects and over 130,000 pieces of memorabilia (including merchandise, photographs, and costumes), it educates and entertains movie fans of all ages.
The main attraction is called "Behind the Screen," which gives details on the creative and technical process of producing, promoting, and presenting a wide range of mediums.
8 The Academy Museum
Later this year, The Academy Museum of Motion Pictures will open in Los Angeles. Through its collections and exhibits, fans will get to go behind the scenes, learning about the history of the motion picture and seeing one-of-a-kind objects from famous films; such objects include the typewriter Joseph Stefano used to write Psycho, a pair of Shirley Temple's tap shoes, and the Cowardly Lion's mane.
Planned sections include one all about the making of The Wizard of Oz, one on the history of African-American filmmakers and one dedicated to filmmaker Hayao Miyazaki, the first like it in the nation.
7 The Cinema Museum
The Cinema Museum is located in London in what used to be the Lambeth Workhouse, a place Charlie Chaplin spent time when he was young. It was started by a man named Ronald Grant, whose cinema collection has grown into an important archive that includes equipment, publications, uniforms, films, ads, and more.
Besides showing off impressive movie memorabilia, this museum also puts on and hosts regular industry events, such the upcoming The Kennington Bioscope 5th Silent Film Weekend, The Misty Moon International Film Festival, and An Evening With Diane Franklin.
6 The Museum of Western Film History
Located in Lone Pine, California, The Museum of Western Film History is also a filming location. Its exhibits show off directors, technology, stuntmen, weapons, and other Western movie memorabilia. Of course, legends like John Wayne, the Lone Ranger, and Roy Rogers are all featured here.
Gene Autry, who, according to this museum's website, filmed over twenty movies and twelve television episodes in the Lone Pine area. His Buick 8 Roadmaster convertible can even be seen here! While many Westerns have been created in this spot, modern films like Gladiator, G.I. Jane and Iron Man have been made in Lone Pine, too.
5 Hollywood Heritage Museum
In 1980, a group of women founded Hollywood Heritage, a historical society, and one of their first planned projects was to preserve the 1905 Janes House on Hollywood Boulevard. This organization has since gone on to save landmarks such as the Brown Derby restaurant on Wilshire.
Besides protecting historical sites, this group also educates people through The Hollywood Heritage Museum, which runs programs and displays memorabilia like photographs, documents, costumes, equipment, and props. These objects provide details on the history of Hollywood and the film industry in general.
4 The Little Hollywood Museum
The Little Hollywood Museum is located in Kanab, Utah; which, according to this spot’s website, was once the most remote town in the country. Filmmakers kept flocking to this area to use its unique landscape in movies and series, though, and now, there is an entire museum here, dedicated to the industry.
Films such as The Flintstones, Mission Impossible 2, Planet of the Apes, John Carter, Gravity and Transformers: Age of Extinction have been filmed here. Over 100 movies and TV shows have been shot here overall, and a visit to this museum allows guests to walk through these sets.
3 Rusty's TV & Movie Car Museum
Rusty’s TV & Movie Car Museum features vehicles from hit films and series, as well as other pieces of memorabilia. This place was started by a man named Rusty Robinson, who has always had a passion for cars, who bought his first one (a blue ‘66 Mustang Coupe) when he was just 14 years old and who now has over 35 cars.
When people visit this museum, which is located in Jackson, Tennessee, they can see cars from The Dukes of Hazzard, Scooby-Doo, and The Fast and the Furious, making it a one-stop-shop for auto and film lovers!
2 The Hollywood Star Cars Museum
Another museum that is focused on automobiles (and that is also located in Tennessee) is The Hollywood Star Cars Museum. This location recreates some well-known scenes by using lights, sounds, actions and, of course, the cars!
When visiting this attraction in Gatlinburg, people can see recognizable vehicles from notable movies and television series such as Ghostbusters, The Munsters, The Dukes of Hazzard, The Beverly Hillbillies, Batman Returns, The Fast and the Furious, and Back to the Future. The entire experience provides a one-of-a-kind and a behind-the-scenes glimpse into some very exciting films and shows.
1 The Warner Bros. Studio Tour
Warner Bros. is a legend when it comes to movies, so The Warner Bros. Studio Tour is a must. There are also several options from which to choose at this place: The Studio Tour shows off one of the busiest, real studios in Los Angeles. The Classics Tour shows off backlots, soundstages, and props.
The Deluxe Tour shows off an inside look into the movie-making process. So get ready to sit on the Central Perk couch from Friends, drive around Stars Hollow from Gilmore Girls, get sorted by the hat from Harry Potter, see costumes from Casablanca and so much more!