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California Automobile Museum Reopens To The Public

Listen: Mark Steigerwald/Executive Director/California Automobile Museum

A few months after closing the garage doors due to the pandemic, the California Automobile Museum has reopened and welcomes the public back to view their amazing collection.

The Museum, located at 2200 Front Street, will now be open Friday through Sunday, from 10am to 5pm. (Last accepted admission is 4pm) Admission cost is $10 for adults, $5 for kids through age 17 and $9 for seniors and military. Thursday admissions are reserved for museum members, observing the same hours.

 Mark Steigerwald/Executive Director/California Automobile Museum
’63 Shelby from film Ford V Ferrari
’67 VW Bus - Fast Times at Ridgemont High
’51 Nash Rambler from Monkey Business
Marilyn Monroe in the Rambler

Besides their collection of 140 classic and custom cars that illustrate the evolution of cars through the decades, the museum is currently presenting their latest of revolving exhibits: Reel Cars: The Importance of Cars in Filmmaking.

From the days of the Keystone Kops piling into their squad car to Steve McQueen as “Bullitt,” hair-racing through the alpine streets of San Francisco, the automobile has played an essential supporting AND starring role on the silver screen, and solidified its (parking) place in American lore.

The selection of vehicles in the Museum's new Reel Cars Exhibit was chosen to illustrate how Movieland's filming process happens, employing historically iconic vehicles. The exhibit also features 3 videos depicting the use of cars in films. 

Some of the Cast:

The 1963 Shelby Cobra Replica from the Oscar-nominated Ford v Ferrari, which recounts the legendary battle between the two manufacturers on the world's racing circuits, especially Le Mans.

The 1967 VW Bus driven by stoned surfer-dude, Jeff Spicoli, played by Sean Penn in Fast Times at Ridgemont High. To quote Spicoli, “This is US History. Totally awesome.”

1951 Nash Rambler Rollltop used by Marilyn Monroe to promote 1952s “Monkey Business" in that year's Miss America Pageant parade, where she served as Grand Marshal.

A Ferrari 250 Testa Rossa replica as seen in the film based on the best selling book, The Art of Racing in the Rain. 

The 1994 Chevy Van from the film version of “The A-Team,” directed by Sacramento’s own Joe Carnahan.

1965 Dodge Coronet taxi cab featured in Mad Men and countless other TV shows and films.

The exhibit also includes a number of other vehicles seen in popular movies and TV shows that will delight guests who are not only car lovers but fans of these films and programs as well.

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