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“Antique autos and BMW show”

Larz Anderson Auto Museum - Museum of Transportation
Ranked #5 of 20 things to do in Brookline
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: 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.
Reviewed August 11, 2013

Visited because my daughter works at Anderson House in DC. The carriage house which first housed the Anderson's horses now houses their car collection. There was also a BMW show outside where car owners bring their cars to show

Thank MarylandTravelinMom
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Reviewed June 1, 2013

For auto enthusiasts I'm sure that this museum, the country's oldest auto museum, will be very enjoyable and worth the trip. As a person who enjoys autos but not an enthusiast I found it interesting but not exceptional. Many of the cars of are some of the earliest autos in the world and having been restored. While some enjoy seeing the autos not restored I would have personally enjoyed them more restored. The write ups provided with the autos were interesting but the collection felt a little disjointed. The building itself and the property it is on is beautiful but the inside smelled like an old oil can. The configuration of the building was strange especially how you entered the building. Multiple people came in and walked right by the place you buy tickets as it isn't right near the opening. Reconfiguration of the museum would help. Staff at the museum could have been friendlier and more helpful.

I'd recommend the museum for those who are auto enthusiasts or if you are in the immediate area and looking for something to fill an hour or so. I wouldn't go out of my way to see it if you aren't an auto enthusiasts.

Thank SeverusAlexander
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Reviewed May 25, 2013

we went after visiting the MFA, only a few miles away. It was a rainy Saturday and not one of the lawn events.

The cars had informative write-ups as well as some female fashions for those eras. It was a bit confusing entering into the museum and saw a few parties going in and not realizing you had to pay on the right. Attendant had to go to the exhibits and have them go pay.

The admission was a bit high for what is was but glad we did visit.

Thank Nikko4Me
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Reviewed May 10, 2013

Just walked around, but found the museum and park to be really unique. The park is tranquil and has plenty of places for picnics and barbeques. The museum displays really interesting cars. If you want to try something different on a Saturday or Sunday afternoon this is the place to go.

Thank Maryann C
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Reviewed April 18, 2013

This museum is situated in Larz Anderson Park and it sponsors special car days most weekends starting in the late spring until the early fall. It has various appeal to different folks. For kids, there is a huge lawn for running about and the adjacent Park has even more space for outdoor fun. For car buffs, inside of the museum is a different exhibit each year with rare cars on display. For fashionistas, the cars are usually displayed with a mannequin dressed in an outfit that fits the car's era. For history buffs, there is detailed information and photos of the Andersons and their life in Brookline and elsewhere. The best part of this museum is that it never feels crowded because the exhibits are in a large barn and there is plenty of outdoor space. The most crowded weekend is the annual Italian car show but it is still never overly crowded. You can stay just for a short visit or most of the day depending on your interests.

Thank Julie P
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