Automobile Driving Museum, El Segundo

4.6
#133 of 442 in Museums in California
Automobile Driving Museum was founded in 2001 by Earl Rubenstein and Stanley Zimmerman, long time automobile collectors and friends. They had dreamed about a museum that allowed the public to actually sit in and experience riding in a Classic and Special Interest Vehicle.

For many years, Rubenstein and Zimmerman would attend classic automobile exhibits and car shows where nearly every vehicle displayed a “LOOK, BUT DO NOT TOUCH” sign. Their philosophy on the other hand was to permit visitors to climb into the rumble seats, sit behind the steering wheels and reminisce about their first or desired automobile. On occasion, when someone requested rides, they would make special arrangements to accommodate.

In 2001, when a garage in West Los Angeles became available, they formed the Automobile Driving Museum. The mission: to give the public an opportunity to experience classic and special interest automobiles as moving vehicles and historic art forms. In addition, to preserving and maintaining orphan vehicles no longer being manufactured such as Studebaker, Packard, Stutz, and Nash AMC.

The Automobile Driving Museum moved to its present location at 610 Lairport Street in El Segundo in 2007 .The museum occupies over an acre of land and has 40,000 square feet for automobile display, storage, repair, and restoration. The museum also has large meeting rooms and party spaces available for rent.

It is open Tuesday through Sunday 10:00AM to 4:00 PM. On Saturdays the public is invited to touch and sit in cars and on Sundays to ride with docent drivers in their dream vehicle on public streets near LAX.
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  • What makes a museum top dog? There is a lot of competition for where to go on the weekends. The difference here is passion. They love their museum, the cars, and the space. There is always something g...  more »
  • Nice little museum to visit. They have a pretty decent collection of cars. Check there website for any upcoming events and donation are always welcome. I like to take my son once a while a Mattel does...  more »
  • Good to kill an hour or two here. The cars are well kept. All beautiful. Have some historical context that makes it not just for the eyes.  more »
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  • Terrific collection of classic cars, bolstered by excellent events for both kids and adults. Check out the Hot Wheels garage, and don't miss the "Sunday Drives" that allow you to ride the neighborhood as passengers in the Museum's well-maintained vehicles. Close to LAX airport, making it a good destination for a layover visit.
  • A very nice auto museum. If you're in west Los Angeles and you like cars, you won't be disappointed. On Sunday's, they give rides around the neighborhood in the museum cars.
  • First time coming to this musuem, awesome...great atmosphere at the annual trunk or treat event, my six year old really enjoyed it and looking at the old cars. The chance to ride in the older cars is also awesome although we didn't do it because my son is too small at the moment. Fantastic touch is the ice cream parlor...will come back again.
  • The rare cars there are beautiful and very well kept. I had my company party here, and it was nice to walk around as we talked and drank.
  • The staff is wonderful and very knowledgeable about all the cars. The Aviance in the place was just awesome. If you want to have an event you can have a fundraiser, Christmas party, and even a birthday party you will love it.

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