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Blackhawk Museum

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Address: 3700 Blackhawk Plaza Circle, Danville, CA 94506
Phone Number: 19257362280
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Wed - Sun 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
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Since opening in August 1988, Blackhawk Museums has displayed classic...

Since opening in August 1988, Blackhawk Museums has displayed classic automobiles and myriad exhibitions exemplifying art, technology and history. Local students, residents and international visitors enjoy educational presentations, cultural programs and volunteer opportunities. Since the beginning it has been home to the Blackhawk Automotive Museum with over 55 vintage, classic, rare and sports automobiles on display. These automobiles are regarded as works of art and range from the dawn of the motoring age through the 1960's. In 2015, a new exhibition, The Spirit of the Old West opened, telling the story of the western frontier from the perspective of both the Native Americans and the settlers before, during and after the expansion west. The exhibition features authentic artifacts from the period, a large diorama depicting key historic moments, scenes of wildlife from the frontier and other elements that bring the past to life. Other exhibitions on display include the Wheelchair Foundation Gallery and an exhibition of Juke Boxes from the Golden Age and vintage oil pumps.

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Good collection of cars and presentation of American history

Honestly I have very little interest in cars but this place offers a good collection of some luxurious (vintage maybe?) cars. If someone is a big fan of those cars, I image it... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 3 weeks ago
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London, United Kingdom
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74 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Honestly I have very little interest in cars but this place offers a good collection of some luxurious (vintage maybe?) cars. If someone is a big fan of those cars, I image it would be an exciting place for him/her. What interests me more actually is the exhibition of American continent on the second floor. It maps out a good... More 

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Timothy M, Executive Director at Blackhawk Museum, responded to this review

Dear Visitor, Thank you for your positive feedback and kind comments. It is a pleasure to learn that you liked your visit to the Blackhawk Museums. The addition of the Spirit of the Old West gallery in February 2015 has been a wonderful addition to our educational mission and we’re very pleased that you enjoyed the gallery exhibition so much.... More 

Santa Cruz, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

If you are a car guy or gal this is a must see. We had a great time checking out the cars, some we have seen before and some we have not. When done viewing the cars don't forget to check out the other museum (two exhibits one price). When done checking out Blackhawk auto museum. Lots of restaurants in... More 

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Timothy M, Exceutive Director at Blackhawk Museum, responded to this review

Dear Visitor, Thank you for your positive feedback. It is a great pleasure to learn that you liked your visit so much, enjoying both our automotive gallery and the western history gallery. Many thanks for visiting the Blackhawk Museums and the Blackhawk Plaza we look forward to welcoming you back soon. Kind regards Timothy McGrane Executive Director Blackhawk Museums More 

Campbell, California
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9 reviews
4 attraction reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Years ago I was visiting and they show many nice cars !! Now it's not the best car museum Now is more like "kids museum

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Orinda, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I'm a total "Car Guy" and what a treat this place was! Shame on me for not having visited years ago. Every car is a true masterpiece. Many are so unique... so rare that I could only guess at their manufacturer. They let you take photos and you will want to do that. On occasion The Museum loans its cars... More 

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Timothy M, Executive Director at Blackhawk Museum, responded to this review

Dear Visitor, Thank you for your positive feedback. It is a great pleasure to learn that you liked your visit so much, enjoying both our automotive gallery and the western history gallery. Many thanks for visiting the Blackhawk Museums and we look forward to welcoming you back soon...with your camera! Kind regards Timothy McGrane Executive Director Blackhawk Museums More 

Pune, India
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Good place to visit on a weekend. Can spend 1/2 day or even a full day with family. Great collection of vintage Cars, petrol pump machinery, Model train setup, paintings exhibition/gallery, good places to eat, open spaces for kids and so many other attractions. I visited this place in December 2014.

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Timothy M, Executive Director at Blackhawk Museum, responded to this review

Dear Visitor, Thank you for your positive feedback. It is a great pleasure to learn that you liked your visit so much. Many thanks for visiting the Blackhawk Museums and we look forward to welcoming you back soon. Kind regards Timothy McGrane Executive Director Blackhawk Museums More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

Part of the cars are rotated out, so if you come once a year there will be "new" autos to see. The classics that you would expect to see at high end auctions or the ones that are only for show are here. You probably would like to spend a couple of hours here. Modest in size.

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Timothy M, Executive Director at Blackhawk Museum, responded to this review

Dear Visitor, Thank you for your positive feedback. It is a great pleasure to learn that you liked your visit so much. Many thanks for visiting the Blackhawk Museums and we look forward to welcoming you back soon. Kind regards Timothy McGrane Executive Director Blackhawk Museums More 

Columbia, South Carolina
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1,083 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 459 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2016

I count myself very fortunate to have visited this museum several years ago when there were many more automobiles on exhibit. Still, if the second floor exhibit space had to be repurposed to serve other educational/entertainment needs, as management insists, putting the Spirit of the Old West exhibit there was an inspired decision. SOTOW is a large collection of artifacts... More 

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Timothy M, Executive Director at Blackhawk Museum, responded to this review

Dear Visitor, Thank you for your positive feedback. It is a great pleasure to learn that you liked your return visit so much, enjoying both our automotive gallery and the western history gallery. We appreciate your comment and will review it with our exhibit team. Many thanks for visiting the Blackhawk Museums and we look forward to welcoming you back... More 

Laguna Beach, CA
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9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2016

If you enjoy anything about vintage cars you must stop here. I've never seen so many gorgeous cars and spectacular paint jobs. It's a small but amazing spot. The western museum upstairs is equally fascinating. Don't miss it!

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Timothy M, Executive Director at Blackhawk Museum, responded to this review

Dear Visitor, Thank you for your positive feedback. It is a great pleasure to learn that you liked your visit so much, enjoying both our automotive gallery and the western history gallery. Many thanks for visiting the Blackhawk Museums and we look forward to welcoming you back soon. Kind regards Timothy McGrane Executive Director Blackhawk Museums More 

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4 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2016

I learned a great deal about historic cars visiting this museum. I don't have any real interest in cars one way or another, but I found this fascinating. Great little museum for the whole family. Then you can have lunch or see a movie in the same shopping center.

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Timothy M, Executive Director at Blackhawk Museum, responded to this review

Dear Visitor, Thank you for your positive feedback. It is a great pleasure to learn that you liked your visit so much, enjoying our International Automotive Treasures gallery. Many thanks for visiting the Blackhawk Museums and Blackhawk Plaza and we look forward to welcoming you back soon. Kind regards Timothy McGrane Executive Director Blackhawk Museums More 

Tracy
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36 reviews
13 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2016

Hadn't been to the museum in a while. Always loved looking at the many cars they had to see. Took our grandson to show him. We did not realize they had taken the cars out upstairs and opened a western museum. Downstairs they have a little over half in cars and the rest was tables set up for functions. With... More 

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