The California Automobile Museum provides a history tour on wheels in a spacious 72,000 sq. ft. facility. More than 150 vehicles are on display, many of them privately owned, and range from the earliest models of the 20th century to prototypes of alternative energy for the 21st century. There are cars—and memories---for anyone who appreciates every decade in between, from the Model T and tailfins to the Brass Era or the speed of racing.
Originally known as the Towe Ford Museum, the Museum began operation in 1987 by housing what was then one of the largest personal collections of Fords outside of Dearborn, MI. In subsequent years, the Towe family auctioned many of the cars in its collection. As a result, the museum broadened its scope by including cars from other manufacturers and increasing its focus on education. At the time of the auction, the Museum was renamed the Towe Auto Museum. In 2009, the name was formally changed to the California Automobile Museum, reflecting the breadth of its programs.
The mission of the California Automobile Museum is to educate and entertain while preserving and promoting the automobile and its influence on our lives.