Museum Network Shines Spotlight on Region's Cinematic History

WICHITA FALLS – The Wichita Falls Alliance for Arts and Culture (The Alliance) will roll out the red carpet in September for its annual Regional Museum Network Exhibition. Real to Reel: North Texas in the Limelight will showcase curated collections from 12 area museums highlighting cinematic history in the region and its impact on area communities.

"This is an opportunity to explore our region’s many connections to Hollywood in one location," said AmbeR Day Scott, Alliance program manager. "From famous stuntmen and actors to filming locations, historic theaters, and more, Real to Reel separates fact from fiction and explores the impact of the film industry across North Texas."

Participating museums are members of the Regional Museums Network designed to help increase the visibility of the museums in the region.

“Museums are anchors of our communities and tremendous resources,” said Ann Arnold-Ogden, Alliance executive director. “This exhibition will introduce new audiences to these important institutions of history, art, and science - provide visibility on their vital contribution to our area.”

"The Museum of North Texas History has been a part of the Regional Museum Network from the beginning," said Madeleine Calcote-Garcia, executive director of the Museum of North Texas History. "We know this group has provided camaraderie during the COVID-19 Pandemic, and it has helped our museum grow into a better institution."

This is the fourth annual exhibition curated by The Alliance for the Regional Museum Network. Real to Reel will be on view at the Museum of North Texas History from September 1st to October 8th. The Museum is open to the public on Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays.


The Wichita Falls Alliance for Arts and Culture’s Regional Museum Network is a cooperative relationship of museums in Archer, Baylor, Clay, Jack, Hardeman, Montague, Wichita, Wilbarger, and Young Counties.

The collaborative learning project provides opportunities for network members to leverage the resources available through the Wichita Falls Alliance for Arts and Culture and other local, regional, and national funding agencies.

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The Whiteside Museum of Natural History Exhibit

Journey to the Center of the Earth (1959)



The movie industry has forever been a source of inspiration for creative minds - the fantastic worlds that come from simple dreams give lovers of cinema an escape from reality and an invitation to explore their fantasies. Dinosaurs and other incredible creatures have been stars of literature and Hollywood ever since their first bones were discovered. Whether the depictions of the creatures follow a close tie to reality or not, they delight us nonetheless. In this exhibit, paleontologist Chris Flis shares his delight for the cinematic masterpiece by literary legend Jules Vern, "Journey to the Center of the Earth" - while sharing his thoughts on the accuracy of their depictions. 

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