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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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  • Had a great time with family (especially 18 yr old grandson) remembering some cars our families have owned. Docent was very knowledgeable and friendly. Took time to go over any questions and obviously...  more »
  • On Sundays, they have about three cars (check their website for the models) that you can ride in, plus they let you sit in and touch most of the cars in the museum! Now what museum does that! They als...  more »
  • Something different , I think it is a place to go for a very pleasant days outing.They are happy to accept donations for admittance, make sure you take a camera or mobile phone for photos or video. Th...  more »
  • This place is great and the docent's really know their stuff and it is for those of any age to enjoy. I had a wonderful experience and I loved to see and learn about all of those beautiful vehicles and I know you will too!
  • This is a fantastic place to come on a Sunday. They take a few models out in front and the staff will take you for a drive in some awesome classics! The inside of this place is also amazing. We had a great guided tour of all the cars and the shop where they maintain them all. Come here and check out some great automobile history!
  • Found the hot wheels garage event of a Facebook post and went down to see what it was all about. Had a great time seeing all the old cars and enjoying hot wheels exhibit, games and prizes. We will be back.
  • Neat museum! They have a kids scavenger hunt which my niece loves to do. They have really neat events here. The ice cream parlor is really cute. The staff is great. My family always enjoys coming here!
  • Very interesting, great docents, very patient and friendly with my kids. Everyone was so full of knowledge.