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Automobile Driving Museum, El Segundo

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Specialty Museum
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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  • This is a great museum that does not receive the reconision it deserves. They work on donations and have a good sized collection of old cars many you only hear about but never see. There is also a goo...  more »
  • Take advantage of this museum on a weekend and you may actually get an opportunity to drive a classic car. Unique vehicles - many one of a kind. 1886 Mercedes Benz is amazing. The best part of this mu...  more »
  • I have lived in El Segundo for years and never knew this place was there. My wife and I went to a charity event at the museum and we fell in love with some of the old cars we had even driven ourselves...  more »
  • If you find yourself in El Segundo on business with some free time on your hands I would highly suggest stopping by to checkout this great collection of antique cars. Plus you can actually sit in them and touch them. This is not you're average museum! All car Enthusiasts must check it out.
  • 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.
  • 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 museum, quiet and uncrowded. Docents will walk you through the whole museum if you want.
  • 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.