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Automobile Driving Museum, El Segundo

Categories: Specialty Museums, Museums
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4.5/5 based on 80+ reviews on the web
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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  • Great museum with lots of fun cars to see and sit in. We attended a special event here (a birthday party) and it was a fabulous venue for a large gathering. Highly recommend! 
  • Fun to see the old cars, including the pacer. They have an ice cream parlor. It's only 10 and they say it's a contribution but it's really not, it admission. 
  • My wife and I use the Automobile Driving Museum as our wedding reception venue. We had a wonderful time and Jodi the manager was unbelievably accommodating. Jodi even let us take pictures in the venue...  read more »
  • This was Super Fun! If you love cars, you WILL LOVE this place! Not only are the cars fantastic and from all eras, but you can actually go up to them, touch, feel, and smell them. See if you can get one of the staff to give you a guided tour. There are some passionate and lovely staff here.
  • Great auto museum. If you want a less overwhelming but great experience come here. The big fancy P auto museum is ok but more expensive and a hassle to get to DWN TWN LA. This place is great, free easy parking and nice people.
  • It is really great place to spend some of your time when you are board. Weekends, you can take a ride on classic cars. It is so COOL!! There is DeLorean car, which I always wanted to see in my own eyes, and other classic cars, and even a replica(?) of first car!! It was really great place to visit.
  • I had a great time looking at historic cars. The progression and style of cars is evident and educational.
  • Very interesting, not overwhelming. Docents all over to help you with any questions. Very nice staff. Went on a Sunday which is when they take cars out, so we took three different car rides (free). They ask an entry donation as they are a non-profit of $10 each for adults. Well worth every penny to help keep the cars running. All the cars there registered and are for "driving". They even allow you to get in the cars on the museum floor. If you've ever wondered how it feels to climb into the driver's seat of a Delorean, they have one in the collection.
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