The state of Arizona has a rich history in the automotive world, and as you’ll soon see, it’s as diverse as its cultures.
Ready to take a walk down memory lane in Arizona?
Let’s get started. Here are the Top 5 Auto Museums in Arizona.
1. Martin Auto Museum. Phoenix, Arizona
This interesting museum is a privately owned, it’s also a non-profit. It’s located in Phoenix, Arizona and is owned by Mel Martin, a well known real estate investor in the area. There’s no admission to enter and was brought into existence for educational purposes only. Mr. Martin was simply wanting to give back to the community.
Even though admission is free, you can purchase guided tours.
There are many vehicles in this place worth well over a million bucks, and there is a one of a kind Shelby located on the property that has only 6 miles, was only titled once, to Mr. Shelby himself, and it appraises for over 2.5 million bucks.
The only thing disappointing about this museum is its website is absolutely horrible. But that’s OK, I’ll give you the contact information.
It doesn’t matter if you live in the area or you planning a vacation in Phoenix, this museum is well worth a visit. You can get a sneak peek into the museum in the video below.
You can contact them at (602) 298-2377, drive to their location. which is located at 17641 N Black Canyon Hwy, Phoenix, AZ 85023, or check out their Wikipedia page, because you can’t really access anything I haven’t given you already right here on their website. We’ve also included a short video to give you a preview of what to expect.
2. Dwarf Car Museum. Maricopa, Arizona
This small car museum was founded by Ernie Adams, who began building these old replicas of cars in almost go-kart scale back in the 1960s. They are functional vehicles and there are about a dozen cars for you to gaze at in amazement knowing that just one man built them all from scratch.
If you don’t mind a quick country ride and have a couple of hours to burn, drop-in, and check them out. It’s well worth the time.
Their address is 52954 West Halfmoon Rd. Maricopa, Arizona 85139, or you can give them a buzz at (520) 424-3158. The Museum is open daily from 9 AM to 4 PM and you can visit their website or Facebook page for more information and get a glimpse of some of the vehicles you’ll see while there.
3. Franklin Auto Museum. Tucson, Arizona.
This little museum is all about Franklin Automobiles that were produced from 1902 to 1934. But it’s not the only autos they have. Franklin cars were all air-cooled, and the company went bust because of the Great Depression, but these cars were and remain completely unique then, and now.
These cars were not cheap. They cost 2 to 4 times more than other production cars and vehicles at the time and were heavily sought after at the time. The museum has about 7,000 sq ft of space.
Like most car museums, their website is lacking and have limited images, so we’ve located a video to give you a little insight into what you’re in store for when visiting this museum.
They are open Wed-Sat from 10 AM to 4 PM. But you can give them a ring and schedule a visit at other times. especially if you have a group wanting to visit. You can visit their website or give them a ring at (520)326-8038. They are located at 1405 East Kleindale Road. Tucson, AZ 85719
4. Wayne’s Toys, Tucson Auto Museum. Tucson, Arizona
The Tucson Auto Museum is made up of rare vehicles that go back as far as 110 years into automotive history. You can find such rare autos as a 1913 Ford Model T Roadster, a 1942 Packard Convertible, to the slightly more modern, but still antique 1952 Allard K2 Roadster.
The span of classics, antique and vintage vehicles is incredible, and all on display in their showroom. There are currently 83 of these extremely rare vehicles on display. Looking to buy your dream car? They may have it and may be willing to part with it. They actually have a list of the cars they’ve sold, and it’s pretty extensive, to say the least. If you are looking for collector grade cars and intend to visit, make sure you have your transportation carrier ready. You’ll be impressed to say the least.
If interested, you can visit their website or give them a buzz on the phone at 520-207-5715.
5. Penske Racing Museum. Phoenix, Arizona
The Penske Racing Museum is full of the rich history of racing, and there is no shortage of their race-cars on the premises. It’s one of the best visits your find in Arizona if you are into racing, or cars in general.
From the Indy 500, NASCAR, F1 racers, and endurance racing, all the way up to the IROC series, this museum has decades of history. But they also have engines, memorabilia and much more. It’s one of the best automotive museums in Arizona and a must-see.
If you would like to learn more about this incredible museum, you can visit their website, or give them a call at (480) 538-4444. You can check out their Facebook page if you would like an image-based sneak peek into what you may find there.
If you are a racing buff, this is a must-see if you’re in the area or will soon visit.
You can also check out the video below to get a walk-through of the museum.
I hope you’ve enjoyed the ride, and don’t forget, we’re building a massive list of auto museums for every state. So make sure you check to see if your state has any. It’s a great way to share history with your family and friends on a day outing.
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