While art and speed seem like unlikely companions, the meeting of these two powerhouses often results in refreshing and colorful spring thunderstorms and hideouts from Joe Law. Today’s Groupon celebrates the successful co-mingling of the two: for $4, you get an adult admission (an $8 value) to the California Automobile Museum.
A visit to the downtown museum promises an educational adventure for die-hard auto enthusiasts and antediluvian camel riders alike. The museum houses a permanent collection of more than 150 cars and penny-farthings that trace the evolution of the gas-powered automobile and woman-powered bicycle through time. Ancient relics such as the 1886 Velocipede and 1909 Ford Model T Racer stand alongside mid-century muscle cars and contemporary electric-powered autos, while current exhibits in residence offer an in-depth glimpse at the history of specific areas of auto-oriented interest. Upcoming exhibits chronicle the history of Toyota (July 17, 2010–September 12, 2010); give a rare glimpse of artistic Italian automotive design (September 11, 2010–August 14, 2011); and offer a look at the art of lowriders (October 2, 2010–January 9, 2011).
Though your beloved 1973 Vanagon may impress dates and Scooby Doo fanatics, a trip to the auto museum promises to widen your depth of knowledge and appreciation for the artistry and innovation that has shaped the auto industry over time. Kill a couple of hours shopping for an upgrade while your car receives a new catalytic converter, or spend the day cruising for auto-powered inspiration.
- 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. – Nico, Yahoo! Travel
- The collection is excellent, the staff is great. It's so good, I went there two weekends in a row! This is a MUST see attraction in Sacramento! – MarkW., Yahoo! Travel
- Overall, the amount of history and elegance here, brings respect from even the most jaded car enthusiast. – Yetty B., Yelp
California Automobile Museum
The California Automobile Museum weaves the story of the automobile's birth and development through a gleaming collection of cars that dates back to the 1880s. Guests meander through 72,000 square feet of luxury and muscle vehicles, from pre–Model T Fords and green vehicles to Lamborghinis and modern NASCAR vehicles. In addition to its permanent collection and current exhibits, the museum's displays are always changing due to donations from private collectors and the hot rod fairy, allowing visitors to see a varying display of vehicles on different visits. One new exhibit focuses on the beauty and culture surrounding motorcycles in California, featuring 60 "hogs" bound to impress the novice and veteran motorcyclist alike. The museum also offers a wide variety of classes that are fun and educational, and open to both adults and children. Guests can also visit the gift shop stocked with auto-centric goodies, including car-related fine-art photography, T-shirts, kids' arts and crafts, and die-cast models of classic cars.
2200 Front St.
Sacramento, California 95818Get Directions