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Karie (site owner) Written by Karie (site owner)
Feb. 12, 2010 | 4:43 PM

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Film Museums part 2

I had a few people send me emails about some additional movie star museums that I should check out:

Walt Disney Family Museum
This one is located in the Prisidio area of San Francisco.  I have several friends up there and have visisted the city a million times.  I have no idea how this placed managed to escape my attention for so long!  I must pay this museum a visit on my next trip!  I love the fact that they even have a screening and lecture series. 

Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz Museum
This museum is located in Jamestown, New York.  I hear that Lucy’s ashes were originally interred here in Los Angeles, but moved to Jamestown in 2002 by a relative.  On their website they mention that they will be having a 99th Anniversary birthday party for Lucy this summer.  Looks like fun!

John Wayne Museum
I can’t imagine when my travels would ever take me to Winterset, Iowa but you never know.  Based on the website, the John Wayne Museum looks great and the area is also the famed location behind the book and movie THE BRIDGES OF MADISON COUNTY.  Plus I bet they have great little historic hotels and antiques stores there.

Jimmy Stewart Museum
Given Jimmy Stewart’s small town American appeal, this museum in Indiana, Pennsylvania (Jimmy’s hometown) looks like a loving tribute to him. 

Fairmount Historical Museum (James Dean)
I heard that there used to be a separate museum dedicated entirely to James Dean, but it recently closed its doors.  Now his life is featured as part of the Fairmount Indiana Historical Museum along with local hometown hero Jim Davis, the creator of Garfield. 

Three Stooges Museum
Located in Ambler, PA, this appears to be the first and only museum of Three Stooges memorabilia with a collection of 100,000 pieces.  Wow!  Alas they only seem to be opened one day a month, so a trip here would take advance planning. 

Bruce Lee Museum
This website appears a bit confusing as it show pictures of a museum, but doesn’t seem to have information about the locations, hours, etc.  I found a story about another museum in the NY Times, so hopefully there will be more on this soon. 

There more stars from small town America who don’t have museums, but should:

Louise Brooks and Vivian Vance (I Love Lucy) were both born in Cherryvale, Kansas.
Lana Turner was born in Wallace, Idaho.
Carole Lombard was born in Fort Wayne, Indiana.  While she doesn’t have a museum, she apparently does have a Bed and Breakfast.



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