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“Loved it (but I'm a car guy)”

California Automobile Museum
Ranked #10 of 173 things to do in Sacramento
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: The mission of the California Automobile Museum is to educate and entertain while preserving and promoting the automobile and its influence on our lives. The Museum is open daily from 10am - 6pm (last admission 5pm) and every 3rd Thursday until 9pm.
Reviewed September 1, 2010

My son and I loved it, but I am not sure how any less appreciative spouse or kids not interested in cars would fare. It is not terribly expensive, however, so if you are in the area I would definitely recommend at least an hour for this attraction.
There is a wide range of autos, my son played 'find the oldest car' game which kept him quite entertained. I gave him my digital camera as he got bored (I was still going strong reading about each car) and he clicked away to his delight.
The range is from Ford's original quadricycle, through plenty of cars from 1900's-1910's up through muscle cars of the 1960's and 70's. They also have some dedicated race cars and a few custom cars. If you have some extra cash lying around they even have some cars for sale!
It's not far from Old Sacramento which is a revived Western-style town with wooden sidewalks; if you squint you can imagine dusty streets with saloons, horses and maybe a gunfight down the street.

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Reviewed August 17, 2007

I was looking for things to do in Sacramento, and although I'm not really a car person I thought this might be a good way to kill 30 minutes with my (65 year-old) father.

Almost two hours after arriving, I easily could have stayed longer. The place is totally hidden - and doesn't seem to be marketed well at all - but it's a real gem. A really vast selection of fantastic old cars, with explanations and sets and really friendly, knowledgeable (volunteer) staff who can give you fantastic history and context on the cars.

There are certainly some flashy cars - Rolls Royces and Lambourghinis - but the emphasis is on classic old cars that 'common people' actually owned, which sets it apart from a lot of other car museums which stock only elite stuff.

I really highly recommend this for kids and adults.

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Reviewed August 22, 2003

The Towe (pronounced To-vah(german) was fabulous. They had many old cars and during my visit they celebrating the Ford. There were the first Fords, some with lights that were lit by hand and set on the outside of the vehicle. It is something that must be seen to enjoy. The docent there had the facts and information right at hand. Good Show!

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