Automobile Driving Museum, El Segundo

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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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  • On Sundays you get to ride around in a couple of classics. The volunteers at the museum are all very nice and full of information  more »
  • I enjoyed the look around at the antique cars - but liked the docent style guy that shared his knowledge even more. If you are lucky you may get to take a spin in one of the antique cars - now, that i...  more »
  • 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 »
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  • Our revolutionary school Angeles Workshop School goes on a field trip every week, and loved our visit to the ADM! Our tour guide Jim was simply amazing! He's full of energy and interesting information, and has a wonderful, active rapport with young people. Oh, and the cars are awesome too: a really wide collection!
  • Honestly, this place was far better than I expected! In most car museums, you can't touch the cars, but here you can sit in almost all of them! It's great for parents with children since kids always want to touch! Also, the gift shop is great! I'm happy they sell hot wheels cars there because sometimes museums only have high ticket items which means I end up with my son crying, or myself crying, all the way home.
  • Nice old cars!!! Most had been used in the Rose Parade. Entrance fee is really cheap and you can take photographs while sitting inside these vintage cars. I had a great time! Highly recommended to everyone, not only auto enthusiasts.
  • $10 entry with fun for the whole family. You can sit in almost any car and lots of fun extras (a labeled engine cutout that you can crank and see how it works). Recommended for any car guy - mostly American classics with a Porsche, a Delorean and some English classic roadsters. The staff were friendly and courteous and I had a great time with my girlfriend. Would recommend to any car or history person.
  • A great museum for b anyone who loves or even just likes cars. You can touch and get into most of the vehicles and on weekends they give rides. It is also a great space for parties. This is a hidden gem of LA.
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