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“Hidden Gem! Even if you are not a Car Enthusiast...”
Review of Blackhawk Museum

Blackhawk Museum
Ranked #1 of 17 things to do in Danville
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: Since opening in August 1988, the Blackhawk Museum 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 Automotive Gallery 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.
Useful Information: Wheelchair access, Activities for older children, Bathroom facilities, Stairs / elevator, Stroller parking, Activities for young children
Reviewed July 29, 2013

This place is awesome. It has a huge collection of rare and unique automobiles from all eras. The interior of the building shows the cars off really well and it's truly a sight to behold. The history and provenance of the cars is fantastic to read about. It's easy spend a couple of solid hours here - you will definitely want to take some photos too.

Generally, I am not very interested in cars or spending lots of time in museums and such, but this place is so much fun that everyone in our group really enjoyed it. I definitely plan to go back and it really is a "must see" if you are in the East Bay or even as a day trip from the city. The museum is located in Blackhawk plaza, which is nice because after you go to the museum you can stop for a cup of coffee, shop or have a nice meal. A great day trip. (I went during the summer and found it quite chilly inside the museum - suggest a sweater or light jacket if you tend to get cold easily.)

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Reviewed July 29, 2013

The Blackhawk Museum (sometimes also referred to as the Behring Auto Museum), located in the Blackhawk Plaza shoppng center, in Danville, CA, houses an outstanding collection of classic cars. The focus is on pre-WWII cars, but there are also some great post-war cars as well. Some of the cars rotate in and out, but there are a number of Bugattis, pre-war Mercedes, Duesenbergs, Rolls-Royce, and many other classics from both Europe and the US. The display setting is great, and wandering volunteer docents are always available to tell you more than what is printed on the displays. Local car clubs sometimes hold small shows in the parking lot outside the museum, so it's a good idea to check the museum's event calendar (not to avoid parking issues, but to possibly time your visit to a show of interest). Blackhawk Plaza itself is very pleasant to walk around, and is a nice place to bring small kids, as they have a nice outdoor play area, and kids also enjoy feeding the ducks in the plaza's "lagoon" and waterway. (Although the museum itself wouldn't really appeal to small children.) There are also a number of decent restaurants in the plaza, from burgers and sandwiches, to Mexican, to sushi, to Italian, to fine-dining. Great way to spend a half-day or so! The museum's architecture is also spectacular.

Thank 735RobertS
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Reviewed July 29, 2013

Beautiful setting with stores and eating opportunities in the same complex. Fun to wander around. The cars are interesting and the volume is not overwhelming.

Thank R0amer34
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Reviewed July 29, 2013

The museum itself is beautiful and that's before you even see an automobile. If you have any interest in unique old cars and other classic memorabilia, this place can't be missed.

The location is a bit out of the way. Upon arrival you'll find stores and restaurants, if you need anything.

Thank Awareness-Hope-Cure
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Reviewed July 29, 2013

A collection of some of the most amazing car in the world. Even if your not a car enthusiast -which I'm not - the museum is somewhere the whole family will enjoy. Many of the one of a kind cars can be enjoyed as works of art not mechanical objects.

Thank lneukum
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