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 www.therealbedfordfalls.com
Plan your It's A Wonderful Life Museum visit and explore what else you can see and do in Seneca Falls using our Seneca Falls day trip planning website .
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  • We just happened to be walking by and thoroughly enjoyed popping in to see the artifacts and read the backstories of everyone involved in making this iconic movie classic.  more »
  • It's A Wonderful Life is my absolute favorite Christmas movie and it was such a delight to visit the small little museum on the main Street in Seneca Falls! There's various memorabilia, pictures with ...  more »
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  • Well, it was wonderful. Lots of memorabilia packed in a small space celebrating the beloved classic film and its director, principal actors and crew. The owners were gracious and generous with stories. Admission is free. We stayed for half an hour. Don't leave without buying a souvenir at the gift shop.
  • Looking forward to the plans/remodel for the 75th anniversary. The folks who keep the place running are very enthusiastic about the movie and are wanting to share the history of the museum. Pretty neat place just don't expect to spend hours here.

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