The museum is located in the former house of Harry and Leone, called Mike, Goulding, who lived here and operated a trading station. After they brought director John Ford to Monument Valley in the 1930s, it became the backdrop for numerous western and other films. The Gouldings thus created jobs for the local Navajo and supported them with donation scholarships. The Gouldings' house now houses a museum that exhibits life at the time and Ford's films. Personal Goulding objects, photographs by photographer Josef Muench (whose pictures convinced Ford of Monument Valley) and numerous items from John Ford's films are exhibited in various rooms. The museum is intended to entertain visitors and give them an insight into the life of the time and the world of the West.