California Automobile Museum and its collection

California Automobile Museum

California Automobile Museum is an automobile museum located in Sacramento, California . It has a collection of over 150 classic cars , race cars , muscle cars and early models displayed throughout 72,000 square feet (6,700 m ) of museum space. The mission of the California Automobile Museum is to preserve, exhibit, and teach the story of the automobile and its influence on our lives. The California Automobile Museum was the first automobile museum in the west to be established in perpetuity. Founded in 1983 as the California Vehicle Foundation, the museum opened to the public in 1987 as the Towe Ford Museum, displaying the largest collection of Fords in the world, courtesy of Edward Towe, a Montana banker. Ed Silva is the acting executive director of the museum. The first car to be donated to the California Automobile Museum was a restored 1938 Buick sedan, a gift from John Joyce, president of the Golden One Credit Union, which is still on display at the museum. In 1997, the museum was renamed The Towe Auto Museum, as they began displaying vehicles of all makes and models. In 2009, the Board of Directors officially changed the name of the museum to the California Automobile Museum, reflecting the expanded mission it has grown into over the last 25 years.

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California Automobile Museum
Front Street 2200
CA 95818 Sacramento

Visitor information California Automobile Museum

Opening hours

10:00 – 17:00
Tuesday Closed
10:00 – 17:00
10:00 – 17:00
10:00 – 17:00
10:00 – 17:00
10:00 – 17:00

We are closed on Easter Sunday, Thanksgiving & Christmas
Close at 3 pm on Christmas Eve, New Year's Eve & on hot summer days (>100 F)


0 – 5Free
6 – 17$5.00
Military & Students$9.00


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Location & Map

Front Street 2200, Sacramento

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