The California Automobile Museum was opened to the public back in 1987 and has come out a long way since when it just had a single Montana baker in its collection. Currently there are over 150 classic, race, muscle cars in the museum’s collection. The aim of the Automobile Museum is “to preserve, exhibit, and teach the story of the automobile and its influence on our lives”. The museum has a healthy collection of permanent and temporary exhibitions.
California Automobile Museum Travel Tips
- Contact Museum for group tours.
Entrance Ticket Details For California Automobile Museum
- Given prices are for Adults.
- Adults: 9 USD
- Vintage (65+): 8 USD
- Military (Active and Retired with ID): 8 USD
- Youth (5-18): 4 USD
- Kids (4 and under): Free
- Free Parking
Reduced or free admission on:
- Free Museum Day: First Saturday in February
- St. Patrick’s Day: wear green and receive half-off admission (1-4pm)
- Mother’s Day: Join us for our Mother’s Day Tea and Talk!
- Father’s Day: Dads get in FREE
- Memorial Day & Veteran’s Day: Active and retired veterans get in FREE.
- Collector Car Appreciation Day (July 10): Drive your classic car and get in free!
- Grandparent’s Day: bring your grandkids and get in free (students are $4, under 5 free).
- Halloween: wear your costume and get in for half price.
California Automobile Museum Hours
- Last admission is at 4 pm.
- Every third Thursday open till 9 pm, last admission at 8 pm.
- Closing time on 4th July, Christmas Eve(December 24) and New Year’s Eve (December 31): 3 pm
How to Reach California Automobile Museum
- By renting or hiring a car/taxi.
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36.49% of people who visit Sacramento include California Automobile Museum in their plan
42.11% of people start their California Automobile Museum visit around 10 AM
People usually take around 2 Hrs to see California Automobile Museum
95% of people prefer to travel by car while visiting California Automobile Museum
California Automobile Museum Reviews & Ratings
Great museum. I am not big fun of cars, but still museum was really interesting. Also personal know a lot of cool stories about some cars.
As a surprise for my wife, who is much more interested in cars than I am, I found this place almost by happenstance. The volunteers are extremely friendly and knowledgeable, and my wife is now super excited by the thought of learning how to drive a Model T. Classes are available via their website. This is a fantastic snapshot of automobile history; incredibly well planned and very educational. We were especially impressed with the level of involvemenf of the local clubs as well as the availability of some beautiful classics for sale.
I was fortunate enough to have a work meeting at the CA Auto Museum. Meeting was in large room capable of hosting banquets or large meetings. After we were able to view the amazing selection of cars. By far the best collection of old vehicles and memorabilia for miles. Its an event the entire family will enjoy. Docents are very knowledgeable. Several really rare old cars. Like the original horseless carriage! Very worthwhile if you like car museums. Located close to old downtown so very convenient if you are down there exploring.
For years I wanted to check out the California Automobile Museum , it’s less than 3 miles from my house. Finally went for a work luncheon and had a blast! Loved the docent tour! The cars were so fun to look at! Even some you can sit on. If you’ve been debating visiting, just go! Perfect afternoon family activity. (Especially on a rainy day!)
Let me start off by saying that the automobile museum has lots and lots of amazing cars old and new. The reason I gave it a 4 star is that there were not a lot of staff around to help give information and describe what we were looking at. I would have liked for it to be a little more interactive for children. I have a 5 year old nephew who LOVES cars and was so excited to go see them. The down side was that I felt it was not very kid friendly as he wanted to touch all the cars, and get inside them which I kept having to remind him he couldn't due. They do have one or two that they allow photos on, but for a car kid that was not enough. While we were there they were fixing an older vehicle and drove it around the museum which he thought was awesome. This is defiantly a place for older children who have the ability to control themselves.