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Franklin Auto Museum, Tucson

(4.8/5 based on 85+ reviews on the web)
Founded by Thomas Hubbard, the museum is a means to continue his collection of classic Franklin automobiles, and to provide an opportunity to develop a comprehensive Franklin Museum covering all years of the company's production.

Mr. Hubbard put into trust the following:

- His entire Franklin automobile collection

- An extensive library of Franklin Company research materials

- His Aunt's extensive collection of native American artifacts

- A historical adobe home, museum and other buildings

- A generous endowment sufficient to maintain and preserve the facility in Tucson

Tom's intentions were for the trust to preserve and expand the cars, Indian artifacts and facilities to be complementary to the established southwestern site and architecture.

The automobile collection has grown to include additional representative examples of all Franklin automobiles. The H. H. Franklin Foundation is an educational museum of cars and displays. This is the center of Franklin history.

The Museum is open from Mid-October through Memorial Day Weekend.

The cost is $5 per individual. Students and Children are not charged admission.
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  • Great museum, little out of the way and difficult to find, but worth the visit if you like antique Franklin Vehicles as this is one of the largest collections in the nation. Caretaker is friendly and ...  more »
  • Let me start by saying that we are NOT car people but we really enjoyed this look at quite a few old Franklin cars that had been lovingly restored. This began as the collection of one individual but, ...  more »
  • If you are car lovers this is the place for you. My father in law was super happy, all of us are very impressed. The guide was really wonderful, friendly and knowledgeable, we learnt a lot from him ♥ ...  more »
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  • I was accompanied by my daughter and her two children, ages 10 (boy) and 12 (girl). They loved it as much as I did. I would encourage everyone to see it. The automobiles are kept in like-new condition and the curator (excellent, I might add) gives a talk that is great for all ages. I would go back in a minute!
  • Dad and I went to the US in '07 and his cousin know about this place and called them. We got a calm and very professional by a very nice guy named Chris. I tried to help him find parts for his vintage car back in my home country but it didn't work out. Wonderful place out in the sticks. Does not feel like a museum as such, more a show of privately owned cars. Very personal and very worth the while.
  • Worth the fee. Tour was personal and informative even after 30 yrs in dealership parts and service experience.
  • This is a hidden gem, if you like old cars and classic fun check this out.
  • Having spent a thoroughly delightful two hours with a private tour, by Chris, of the late Thomas Hubbard's Franklin Auto collection, we would encourage others to do the same. My husband and I have been Jeremiah Inn B & B's innkeepers since 1995, and we only recently became aware of this great Tucson treasure. The cars span 30 years of history from about 1904 to 1934 and were luxury automobiles of their day. They are interesting from an engineering and design perspective and the human interest story of Mr. Hubbard adds to the experience. The museum site is residential and a bit off the beaten path, but the hunt is worthwhile.