Larz Anderson Auto Museum - Museum of Transportation

Larz Anderson Auto Museum - Museum of Transportation, Brookline: Hours, Address, Larz Anderson Auto Museum - Museum of Transportation Reviews: 4.5/5

Larz Anderson Auto Museum - Museum of Transportation

Larz Anderson Auto Museum - Museum of Transportation
4.5
Thursday
10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
About
Just ten minutes from downtown Boston and nestled inside the 64 beautiful acres of Larz Anderson Park, the Museum is home to “America’s Oldest Car Collection”. These automobiles form the Museum’s permanent collection and are housed within the Carriage House, built in 1888 and designed by the city architect of Boston, Edmund M. Wheelwright, who was also responsible for several notable Boston structures like the Boston Public Library. The Larz Anderson Auto Museum also offers enjoyable and informative tours, with varied and in-depth discussions on the automobile and its impact on society. Aside from the tour, we offer four different educational programs that range from kindergarten to high school and cover a variety of topics from early transportation to automotive design. Each tour offers hands on artifacts and real life observational tools. Visit the Larz Anderson Auto Museum for a day of exploration and fun that will create lasting memories for you and your group that is guaranteed to stay with you long after you leave.
Suggested duration
1-2 hours
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Gene R J
Silver Spring, MD5,024 contributions
Noteworthy museum soon to open.
Jun 2021
We stopped here today at this beautiful 1888 Carriage House but unfortunately it was closed with no sign of activity. A note on the entry door said to reopen on June 21 after an exhibit change.
Next door we saw the pretty 1768 Putterham Schoolhouse, then drove through some of the 64 acre park which offered long views into the city.
Written June 5, 2021
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DevorahLeah
Quincy, MA157 contributions
A Fascinating Look at Automobile History
May 2019
If you are a fan of automobiles and want to see the way they used to look, you will be as fascinated as I was by this museum. It's a little hard to find, but worth the effort: room after room of rare autos, all located on a beautiful estate that makes you feel as if you've stepped back into time. I'm a media historian, and while I had seen photographs of autos from the early 1900s, it's very different to be right there, looking at the autos themselves. The museum has some from as far back as 1899, various brands-- some long defunct, and a couple still around. If you want to take a trip back in time and see how automobiles developed, you will find this unique museum as interesting and educational as I did.
Written October 19, 2019
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Craig K
New York City, NY84 contributions
Great car museum!
Aug 2019
We have friends who just moved to the Brookline area and they know we are classic cars fans so they brought us here for the afternoon. While the amount of cars is limited, The Larz Anderson has a selection of truly classic cars & what makes it even more fascinating is the grouping of classics in ORIGINAL condition - with cars from the turn of the 20th century that have not been modified. If you are in the Boston area and a classic car fan, this is a must see.
Written August 31, 2019
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FrozenManAlaska
Way up north11 contributions
A little unsettling
May 2019 • Solo
The day I went the display upstairs was of several mostly prewar cars from both sides of the Atlantic, all on loan from various people. The theme was the golden age of motoring and there were some very nicely restored cars. There were no docents to answer questions, however, and dust lay thick on the cars.
Descending to the lower level was like walking into a mausoleum. The Anderson family cars are basically decaying on their feet (see photos). It is perfectly fine to not restore an old car, but if you choose to preserve it instead then the attempt should be made to keep it running. Failing that, it might be better to let it pass into the hands of someone willing to make that attempt.
I appreciate preserved cars as well as restored cars but these cars are neither. They seem to have been run until they would not run any longer and then stuffed in the carriage house. It would be heartwarming to see any of them running again.
Written July 26, 2019
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mabellnyc
nyc25 contributions
If you like cars this is a dont miss
Jun 2019 • Friends
As beautiful as the cars on the main floor were the cars downstairs amazed me. Upstairs all the cars were restored and breathtaking. Downstairs the cars were in the original condition and not restored. it shows that if a car is taken care of it will last a very long time. Not to say there wasnt torn upholstery or a wear and tear on the vehicles downstairs but it actually made them more interesting. A worthwhile trip for men and women and young and old.
Written July 2, 2019
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SGcvn69
Munhall, PA939 contributions
To Die For!
Jun 2019 • Friends
I never even knew this place existed! This museum is in the carriage house! The barn is to die for! Even if you don’t have or love horses you would appreciate the craftsmanship of the building, but then to put cars in it too?! Amazing! Worth visiting, especially if there is a car show!
Written June 16, 2019
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knitter88
Ontario, Canada77 contributions
Nice Display
Jun 2019 • Couples
We came up to see the cars as we like the little museums, and this one did not disappoint. I fell in love with a 1930 Cord (I admit I have expensive tastes) and my husband looked forward to seeing the 1899 vehicle and pored over it completely. Definitely worth stopping to see. We found it incredible that this building was originally built to be a horse stable!
Written June 13, 2019
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Laurie B
Attleboro, MA13 contributions
Larz Anderson Auto Museum and park
May 2019 • Family
It was a very easy drive from the Rhode Island border. The automobiles inside we're magnificent! The first room contained not only the cars, but the history of the purchasing a car. The back room had a new exhibit if loaned cars from quite a few states. Downstairs is really where the history is, I thought. There was a very old limousine. So old that it looked like a stage coach. After the museum, we walked the property and then off to the park down the street. The property or the park are perfect places to have your picnic lunch. Also a great view of Boston from the top of the museum property. I highly recommend it!
Written May 26, 2019
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Expedition307597
11 contributions
Community event
Jun 2018 • Solo
We were there for a community annual event as a fundraiser and it was wonderful to get to see all the old historic cars.
Written May 7, 2019
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506seanj
Brookline, MA11 contributions
A fun family day
Aug 2018 • Family
Fun and interesting all the vehicles in pristine condition very well kept and informative. Then after the museum we went to lars anderson park for a picnic playground and play fields a complete day of fun
Written February 24, 2019
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  • Thu - Fri 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
  • Sat - Sun 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM


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