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The Best Automotive Museums...

 
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Aug 28, 2016 10:31 |  #1

Let's start a list of the best automotive museums.

Best can mean different things to different people. Maybe it's the uniqueness and rarity of the vehicles on display.
Or a collection of every day drivers that take us back to our youth. It could be the museum itself - the quality of
displays and lighting, and the manner in which the vehicles are rotated into and out of the collection.

Ok, best can be hard to define. But which automotive museums would you recommend to visit?
Museums that you found interesting and fascinating. Museums worthy of a bucket list.

Well, here's mine. In Los Angeles the granddaddy of them all would be the Petersen Automotive Museum.
I visited once, and it's worth going again and again.

http://petersen.org/ (external link)

Another high on the list would be the Mullin Automotive Museum.

http://mullinautomotiv​emuseum.com/ (external link)

Although not in LA, I found this museum while surfing flickr, and it looks fascinating...

AACA Museum in Hershey, Pennsylvania

http://www.aacamuseum.​org/ (external link)

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Aug 30, 2016 04:11 |  #2

Southwards is well worth a visit...

http://southwardcarmus​eum.localplacement.net​/index.html (external link)


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Aug 30, 2016 10:36 |  #3

joeseph wrote in post #18111101 (external link)
Southwards is well worth a visit...

http://southwardcarmus​eum.localplacement.net​/index.html (external link)

Looks like a great auto museum. At trip to New Zealand has long been on my bucket list.

What I found interesting is that this museum owns the 1950 Cadillac that had belonged to gangster Mickey Cohen.
Cohen has a special place in my heart, as both of us are from Los Angeles. Mickey Cohen had his hand in the development
of Las Vegas into the gambling mecca that it is today.

This article briefly discusses Southwards museum and Cohen's Cadillac...
https://en.wikipedia.o​rg/wiki/Mickey_Cohen (external link)


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Aug 30, 2016 14:57 |  #4

I think I remember that one - complete with inch-thick glass & one or two bullet holes...


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Sep 03, 2016 04:03 |  #5

Well of course there is Beaulieu National Motor Museum (external link) which is very good, although I haven't been for about thirty years. I'm always banging on about the Shuttleworth Collection at Old Warden. Although now mainly focused on vintage and veteran aircraft, the founder Richard Shuttleworth started by collecting vehicles, and they do also have a significant vintage and veteran vehicle collection too, with nothing newer than about 1942. Locally here in East Norfolk we have a motorcycle museum up in North Walsham, and a classic car museum in Caister. I have to say that I have been to neither of them, and really should go have a look.

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Sep 04, 2016 02:50 |  #6

Hey Alan, that looks like a pretty cool museum.
I like that monorail and the Secret Army Exhibition. Nice!

I need to make a visit to England top spot on my bucket list.
The Brits put on some fantastic air shows.

And this is just my humble opinion...but I feel the 3 best pop/rock bands in
the world are...The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, and Led Zeppelin.
All British groups. I'm sure England must have a Rock music museum, or
something similar. A must see on my visit!


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Sep 04, 2016 23:50 |  #7

Don Garlits Drag Racing Museum (external link) in Ocala, Florida.
Don't judge it by the website.

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Oct 09, 2016 12:51 |  #8

Came across this one in Shutterbug magazine...

http://www.forneymuseu​m.org/index.html (external link)

Located near downtown Denver, its 140,000 square foot museum includes exhibits relating to
cars, motorcycles, trucks, tractors, and steam locomotives.


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Oct 10, 2016 18:05 |  #9

There are so many great museums, I've yet to visit the Porsche or the BMW museums but they're definitely on my bucket list.

The Peterson Museum in LA is good, as is the Mullin. Also in the LA area and very worthwhile is the Nethercutt Collection:

http://www.nethercuttc​ollection.org/ (external link)

In the UK, not far from Heathrow is Brooklands, a tremendous air and motorsport museum, loaded with history:

http://www.brooklandsm​useum.com/ (external link)


In Munich, the Deutsches Museum has a very nice collection of automobiles as well as so many other things:

http://www.deutsches-museum.de/en (external link)


In Dearborn Michigan, the Henry Ford is pretty amazing:

https://www.thehenryfo​rd.org/visit/henry-ford-museum/ (external link)

Even if you're only just a little bit into drag racing, the Wally Park NHRA museum in Pomona is really cool:

http://www.nhramuseum.​org/ (external link)


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Oct 11, 2016 14:51 |  #10

TustinMike wrote in post #18153506 (external link)
The Peterson Museum in LA is good, as is the Mullin. Also in the LA area and very worthwhile is the Nethercutt Collection:

http://www.nethercuttc​ollection.org/ (external link)


Even if you're only just a little bit into drag racing, the Wally Park NHRA museum in Pomona is really cool:

http://www.nhramuseum.​org/ (external link)

You know, it's weird, but I live only 10 or 12 miles from the Nethercutt Collection and have not been there yet (hanging my head in shame!).

I have been to the NHRA museum twice. Not only do they have a great auto collection (mostly hot rods) but the collection of hot rod
memorabilia is very nice, too. My only nit-pick is that both times I visited, they had the interior lighting rather dim.


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Oct 14, 2016 20:40 |  #11

The Gilmore Museum in Hickory Corners, Michigan. A mid-western gem. Great variety of cars in a beautiful setting.

http://www.gilmorecarm​useum.org/ (external link)


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Oct 14, 2016 21:31 |  #12

LeMay in Tacoma Wa. Puts most to shame.

https://www.americasca​rmuseum.org (external link)


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Oct 14, 2016 23:30 |  #13

Here's what happens when you build a museum in cave country.

Corvette Museum, Bowling Green, KY.

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Oct 15, 2016 01:26 |  #14

Auburn Cord Duesenberg Museum (external link) in Auburn, Indiana.

This is the actual factory building where they built the Auburn Cord Duesenberg vehicles. A wonderful place to visit.


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Here is a thread I started on the Auburn Cord Duesenberg Museum


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