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“What a Blooming Surprise in the Desert”
Review of Franklin Museum

Franklin Museum
Ranked #14 of 311 things to do in Tucson
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: For more than 40 years, the home of the late collector Tom Hubbard has been the center of Franklin Automobile history. Featuring more than 20 antique and classic Franklin automobiles, as well as a collection of prehistoric artifacts collected by archaeologist Alice Carpenter, the museum is located in a quiet subdivision in the center of Tucson. Open publicly – Mid-October through Memorial Day weekend – Wednesday through Saturday; 10 am to 4 pm. Private tours available year-round; phone or e-mail for arrangements. Large groups are requested to call ahead.
Reviewed April 12, 2014

We LOVED the Franklin Museum and everything about it. THe getting there was fun, a gravel road (briefly) in beautiful adobe desert area. Our guide, who quite obviously loves those cars, was a fount of information about the Franklins and the late Mr, Hubbard, whose legacy this museum is.

Sparkly clean old Franklins, impeccably kept and restored, interior and exterior, lovingly housed in a huge beautiful garage. We own a Franklin and were pleased to learn so much about them from a guide who has loved, driven and worked on them much of his life.

So much history and great stories about not only the cars but Mr. Hubbard and his friendship with Mr. Harrah.

Go there!

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Reviewed March 15, 2014

The Franklin Museum certainly was an unexpected surprise. First of all it is located in a residential area of Tucson with gravel streets. Your first reaction is that your GPS must be loco and you are lost. However, do not give up. At the end of the gravel streets is an innocuous building that houses a fantastic museum. Inside are about twenty immaculately restored Franklin Automobiles which were produced in Syracuse, NY, from about 1910 through 1934. The museum showcases the ingenuity of early American automakers. The docents are passionate about these classic cars (although I was somewhat offended that he did not consider my 1961 Corvette to be a classic -- not old enough!}, You do not have to be a car enthusiast to enjoy this museum! It is a must-see in Tucson.

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Reviewed March 14, 2014

I'm not a big car buff - current or classical but when we read about this museum on Trip Advisor we decided to check it out. Great decision! This is a small museum but well worth the hassle of finding it. Franklins were very classy cars from the early-mid 1900s and this museum is pretty much based on the love of the cars by some very dedicated car lovers. On the day we visited, the guide said it was a very busy day - they had about 20 visitors!! This is a real shame since this is a great place to visit. We were assigned a volunteer guide (Bob) and he was great to deal with. My better half and I are serious amateur photographers and he would move signs and open and close the hoods - this was very rare! If you are anywhere near Tucson - check this museum out - it is well worth it!

The admission fee is a staggering $5 - and worth every penny of it.

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Reviewed March 1, 2014

The Franklin Museum is a great place for anyone interested in cars or history or both. Beautifully restored cars are displayed. The tour guide is passionate about his love for Franklin cars and can answer any question, no matter how remote. He opens the car doors, uncovers the engines, and points out all the unique features of these vehicles. He also knows the history of each individual car.

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Reviewed December 9, 2013

The Franklin Museum was so much more than I expected it to be. We were greeted by our guide, who is also the guy who works on these cars. There are about 23 beautifully restored cars on display, made by the Franklin company, which was a luxury car maker from 1902 to 1934. The guide showed us all around the three garages and told us the fascinating history of the cars and also how they were built. The cars were collected by an enthusiast and the museum is now run by a foundation. Our guide made the entire experience very engaging. One of the best auto museums I've been to! Plan to give yourself an hour and a half.

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