Created: November, 1995
Last updated: 28 April, 2006

Automotive museums in USA

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California has been updated.

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Thanks to Jim Hayes, Dave Sisson and J.J. Lasne for the help! Additional sources: Museums USA, Classic Car


States: Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, District of Columbia, Florida Georgia, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah Vermont, Virginia, Washington, Wisconsin.


Alabama

The Barber Vintage Motorsports Museum
6030 Barber Motorsports ParkwayLeeds, Alabama 35094
Phone: (205) 699-7275. FAX: (205)-702-8700
E-mail: bvmm@barbermuseum.org
www.barbermuseum.org/

International Motorsports Hall of Fame
P.O. Box 10183198 Talladega, AL 35160
Tel: (205)362-5002
www.motorsportshalloffame.com

Mercedes-Benz USA
Tuscaloosa, USA
There's a museum at the Visitors' center. www.mbusi.com
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Alaska

Museum of Alaska Transportation & Industry
P.O. Box 870646, Wasilla, AK 99687
Ph: (907) 376-1211
www.museumofalaska.org
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Arizona

Hall of Flame Museum
6101 E. Van Buren, Phoenix, AZ 85008
Ph: (602) 275 3473
www.hallofflame.org

Franklin Museum
1405 East Kleindale Road, Tucson, Arizona 85719
Ph: 520-326-8038
E-mail: HHFF2@aol.com
www.franklincar.org

Penske Racing Museum
7125 E Chauncey Ln, Phoenix, AZ, 85054-6145
Ph: 480 538-4444
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Arkansas

The Museum of Automobiles
Petit Jean Mountain, Morrilton, AR 72110
Tel: (501) 727-5427
Open daily 10 to 5.
www.museumofautos.com and they also have a page at Classic Car Source
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California

Blackhawk Automotive Museum
3700 Blackhawk Plaza Circle, Danville, CA 94506
Tel: (925) 736-2280
Founded 1990. 1,0000 members. Open Wednesday-Sunday 10 am to 5 pm. Showcases 90 cars dating from 1897 to the 1960s. Rotating special exhibit of marques and coachbuilders, automotive art and scale model trains. Quarterly full color newsletter. Museum Shop & Bookstore, Blackhawk Automotive Research Library. Membership rates vary with category.
Home page: www.blackhawkauto.org

Blaker Antique Auto and Clock Collection
1301 Fulkerth Road, Turlock, CA 95380
Tel: Jess C. Blaker (209)634-4931

Ed Cholakian Enterprises Inc dba All Cadillacs of the Forties
12811 Foothill Blvd, Sylmar, CA 91342
Tel: (818)361-1147 ; (800)808-1147 ; FAX (818) 361-9738

Concours Motorcars
619 E. Fourth St. Santa Ana, CA 92703
Tel: (714) 953-5303

Dan Rouit Flat Track Museum
309 West Rialto Street, Clovis, CA
www.vft.org/rouit.htm

Deer Park Car Museum
29013 Champagne Blvd., Escondido, CA 92026
Tel: (619) 749-1666

Firehouse Museum
1972 Columbia St., San Diego, CA 92117

J. Paul Getty Museum
17985 W. Pacific Coast Hwy, Malibu, CA 90265

Hays Old Truck Town
2000 E. Main St., P.O. Box 2317, Woodland, CA 95776
Tel: (916) 666-1044 or 661-1167
www.truckmuseum.org

Heidrick AG history center
1962 Hays Lane Woodland CA 95776
(530) 666-9700 fax (530) 666-9712
Agriculture equipment and commercial trucks.
www.aghistory.org

Justice Brothers Racing Museum
2734 E. Huntington Drive
Duarte, California U.S.A. 91010
Telephone 626-359-9174
www.justicebrothers.com

Marconi Automotive Museum for Kids

1302 Industrial Drive, Tustin, CA 92780
www.marconimuseum.org

The Nethercutt Collection
15151 Bledsoe St., San Sylmar, CA 91342
Tel: (818) 364 6464
WWW: www.nethercuttcollection.org

Metropolitan Historical Collection
5330 Laurel Canyon Blvd., North Hollywood, CA 91607
Tel: (213) 769-1515

Millers Horse & Buggy Ranch
9425 Yosemite Blvd., Modest, CA 95351
Tel: (209) 522-1781

Movieland Cars of the Stars Museum
P.O. Box 5130, 7711 Beach Blvd. or 6920 Orangethorpe Ave.
Buena Park, CA 90602 or 90620
Tel: (714) 522-1154 or (717) 523-1520 or (213) 583-8025

Murphy Auto Museum
2340 Palma Drive, Suite 104, Ventura, California 93003
dan@murphyautomuseum.com
WWW: www.murphyautomuseum.com

Pacific Bus Museum
P.O. Box 61105, Sacramento, CA 95680-1105
WWW: www.pacbus.org

Petersen Automotive Museum
6060 Wilshire at Fairfax, Los Angeles, CA 90036
Tel: (213) 930-CARS
Open all year. Tuesday-Sunday 10-6; Closed Monday
www.petersen.org

Ripley's Believe It or Not! Museum
7850 Beach Boulevard Buena Park, CA 90620
Tel: James Cvetkovich (714)522-7045

San Diego Automotive Museum
2080 Pan American Plaza #12,, San Diego, CA 92101.
Tel.: (619)- 231-AUTO/2886.
Admission: $7 adults, $6 seniors 65+ and active military, $3 children 6-17, free for children under 6.
Open daily, 10:00 am - 4:30 pm, with extended summer hours.
www.sdautomuseum.org
sdauto@cts.com
The San Diego Automotive Museum takes visitors on a historical trip through the fascinating history of the automobile ^ the defining invention and ultimate icon of the 20th century. Located in beautiful Balboa Park, the San Diego Automotive Museum features a permanent display of classic and historically significant cars and motorcycles; special rotating exhibits displaying the finest and rarest vehicles in the world; a comprehensive resource center containing rare publications, photos and vintage films; a collection of automotive memorabilia and an active restoration display, giving visitors a glimpse of authentic restoration techniques. The Museum Store carries an array of unique automotive-themed merchandise.

Specialty Sales
4321 First St., Pleasanton, CA 94566
Tel: (510)484-2262. Fax: (510)426-8535

Toyota USA Automobile Museum
19001 South Western Ave., Torrance, CA 90501
Museum is open by appointment only by calling 310-468-4728-Museum Curator, Susan Sanborn
Phone: 310-329-5170

Towe Auto Museum
2200 Front Street
Sacramento, CA 95818
PHONE (916) 442-6802
www.toweautomuseum.org

Vintage Museum of Transportation and Wildlife
1421 Emerson Avenue, Oxnard , CA 93033
Tel: (805)486-0666 (805)486-2586
Otis Chandler's personal collection of his race cars (IMSA Porsches, etc.) and muscle cars, plus the trophies of an avid big-game hunter.
WWW: www.chandlerwheels.com

Vintage Coach otherwise known as Albright's Twin-H-Ranch
16593 Arrow Blvd., Fontana, CA 92335
Tel: (714) 823-9168

Wagons to Wings Museum
15060 Foothills Rd., Morgan Hill, CA 95037
Tel: (408) 779-4136
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Colorado

Cussler Museum
14959 W. 69th Avenue, Arvada CO 80007
Opening times: Mondays & Tuesdays 10 AM to 4 PM. April thru October - to be reopened in April, 2006!
www.cusslermuseum.com
Classic Cars owned by Author Clive Cussler

Dougherty Museum Collection
8382 1075th St., Longmont, CO 80501
Tel: (303) 766-2520

Forney Transportation Museum
4303 Brighton Blvd., Denver, CO 80216
Tel: (303) 297-1113
www.forneymuseum.com

Front-Wheel Drive Auto Museum
250 North Main St., Brighton, CO 80601
Tel: (303) 659-5295 or -6536

Shelby American Collection
5020 Chaparral Court, P.O. Box 19228, Boulder, Colorado 80308-2228
Ph: (303) 516-9565
www.shelbyamericancollection.org

House of Cars Car Museum
1102 South 21st St., Colorado Springs, CO 80907
Tel: (303) 473-7776

Pikes Peak Auto Hill Climb, Visitors Center & Race Car Museum.
135 Manitou Avenue, Manitou Springs, Colorado 80829.
Tel: (719) 685-4400.
It has about a dozen cars, old and new, that have raced up Pikes Peak.

Royal Gorge Scenic Railway & Car Museum or Buckskin Joe's Antique Auto Museum
1193 Fremont County Rd. #A, Canon City, CO 81212
Tel: (303) 275-5485
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Connecticut

Antique Auto Museum
P.O. Box 430 Manchester, CT 06040

Connecticut Fire Museum
58 North Rd., East Windsor, CT 06088
Tel: (203) 623-4732
Exhibits: Sponsored by the Connecticut Antique Fire Apparatus Assoc., this new museum exhibits a growing collection of fire trucks. Twenty pieces of motor apparatus are on display includ- ing numerous pumpers, ladder trucks and a rescue van. At the Trolley Museum one can ride historic streetcars on a 3-mile round trip.

Hartford Automobile Club
815 Farmington Ave., Wet Hartford, CT 06119
Tel: (203) 233-8511

Museum of Connecticut History
231 Capitol Ave., Hartford, CT 06115
Tel: (203) 566-3056
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Delaware

Delaware Agricultural Museum
866 North Dupont Highway, Dover, DE 19901
Tel: (302) 734-1618

Hagley Museum
P.O. Box 3630, Wilmington, DE 19807
Tel: (302) 658-2400

Magic Age of Steam
P.O. Box 127, Route 82 Yorklyn, DE 19726
Exhibits: The Magic Age of Steam exhibit features the T. Clarence Marshall Museum containing a collection of 23 cars on display. Twenty of the autos are powered by steam. There are also examples of stationary steam engines, steam models, and a steam traction engine. Rides are offered on a 3/4-mile miniature steam railroad and a 1/12-size stern-wheel steamboat. Of special inter- est are the two Stanley Mountain Wagons which regularly carry passengers around the grounds.

Nemours Mansion & Gardens
P.O. Box 109, Rockland Rd., Wilmington, DE 19899
Tel: (302) 651-6912
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District of Columbia

Smithsonian Institution
14th & Constitution, Washington, DC 20560
Tel: (202) 357-2700
Exhibits: The National Museum of History and Technology contains extensive transportation exhibits. The Vehicle Hall presents vehi- cles which are propelled by three different means: horsepower, motor-power, and manpower. Of the 45 cars at the Smithsonian about 20 are on permanent display. The oldest mechanically propelled vehicle is an 1869 Roper steam velocipede. Of par- ticular interest is the 1903 Winton which was the first car to be driven from coast to coast. www.si.edu
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Florida

Autoland, Inc.
U.S. Highway 1 Hobe Sound , FL 3455

Birthplace of Speed Museum
160 East Granada Blvd., Ormond Beach, FL 32074 (32176?)
Tel: (386) 672-5657

Elliott Museum
Hutchinson Island, Stuart, FL 33494
Tel: (772) 225-1961
Exhibits: Built by the late Harmon Elliott in memory of his father, the inventor Sterling Elliott, this museum was opened in 1961. There are 25 autos on display in the Vehicular Wing. Here one can see the development of wheeled transportation with exhibits of horse-drawn vehicles, bicycles and motorcycles. Another wing of the building houses 12 Americana shops brought by Mr. Elliott from Salem, Mass. The Museum is now operated by the Martin County Historical Society.

Don Garlits Museum of Drag Racing
13700 SW 16th Avenue Ocala, FL 34473
Tel: (877) 271-3278
www.garlits.com

Ft. Lauderdale Antique Car Museum
1527 SW 1st. Avenue, Ft. Lauderdale, Florida 33315
Tel: 1-954-779-7300
Dedicated to the pre-war Packard Automobile (1942) and memorabilia
WWW: www.antiquecarmuseum.org

Klassix Auto Museum
2909 W. International Speedway Blvd,
Daytona Beach Florida.
Closed in 2003

Sarasota Classic Car Museum
5500 N. Tamiami Tr., Sarasota, FL 34239
941-355-6228
Open daily 9:00 - 6:00pm
E-mail: classiccarmuseum@aol.com
Formerly Bellms' Cars & Music of Yesterday, reorganized and updated.
www.sarasotacarmuseum.org

Silver Springs Antique Car Collection
State Road 40, Ocala, FL 32670
Tel: (904) 236-2121

Tallahassee Antique Car Museum
3550A Mahan Drive, Tallahassee, FL 32308
Phone: (850) 942-0137
E-mail: devoe@electro-net
www.tacm.com

Tampa Bay Automobile Museum
Polypack Inc, 3301 Gateway Centre Blvd., Pinellas Park, FL 33782
Hours are Monday through Saturday from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm., Sunday noon to 4:00 pm.
Ph: (727) 579 8226
E-mail: info@tbauto.org
WWW: www.tbauto.org
Alain E. Cerf's fascinating collection with such rarities as a Tatra, Ruxton, BSA three-wheeler is now being housed in a new dedicated building.
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