Mountain History Museum is open to the public Saturdays and Sundays in September and October, and admission is free. Donations are welcome, and a small store at the entrance offers books and photographs for sale to support the museum.
Exhibits include a room showing artifacts from Santa's Village, including Santa's sleigh bed and Mrs. Claus's lollipop dress. A small movie theatre shows slides from the many movies which have been filmed in the San Bernardino Mountains.
This year, a number of new outdoor exhibits are on display. The centerpiece inside the museum is the antique carbon arc light projector from the Crestline movie theatre.
Photographs and artifacts show how people lived and vacationed in these mountains for over 150 years. Many exhibits also have videos playing to tell you more about the pioneers and Native Americans who lived here.
The museum is a great place for family-friendly fun.
Opening Day back in May at the Mountain History Museum went very well. The people seemed to really enjoy the exhibits. The one by the Mountain Search and Rescue team with the interactive knot display has gathered quite a bit of attention with many attempting to tie the knots ... surprisingly the kids seem to be better at it than the adults.
The animals of the mountains display is getting a lot of attention as well. The old Carbon Rod movie projector from the Crestline Village Theater is garnering lots of comments as well. Even had an actress who was in the The Parent Trap movie point out her face in the photo of the pre- Hollywood Premiere held at the theater of that movie (starring Lynsey Lohan), which was filmed in Crestline. The museum is open 11 to 5 weekends through October. AND IT"S FREE !
The museum is staffed by volunteers from Rim of the World Historical Society.
It is located at 27176 Peninsula Drive, Lake Arrowhead, CA.
For directions and other information, please visit the web site.