The James Dean Gallery opened in 1988 in the actor’s hometown of Fairmount, Indiana. The exhibit is housed in a beautifully restored 1903 Victorian home on tree-lined North Main Street just 1 Mile from James Dean's Grave in Park Cemetery. The exhibit includes thousands of items of James Dean memorabilia and visitors can see the worldwide influence that this Indiana native and American film star has made. There are personal items related to James Dean and dozens of original movie posters in different languages from around the world that show the actor’s international impact.
The Kenneth Kendall Room features paintings and sculptures by the Hollywood artist who created the bronze busts of Dean that are erected at The Griffith Observatory in Los Angeles and at the James Dean Memorial Park in Fairmount. Showcases are full of books and magazines dedicated to Dean from the mid-fifties to the present from several different countries, tribute and novelty items that have been produced since the 1950s, and much more. The James Dean Gallery gives visitors an opportunity to view many of the items which have helped to keep the memory of this famous Indiana native alive.
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