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Franklin Auto Museum, Tucson

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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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  • August 8, 2017
    I have visited over several years to show and visit this unique and rare collection of Franklin cars built between the early 1900 Hundreds through about 1935.  more »
  • July 10, 2017
    A group of us guys went there last year and loved it! Unique in that it is one car manufacturing that is displayed, but is well worth the time to see it. Hard to find though must admit.  more »
  • June 9, 2017
    This is a hidden gem of Tucson. Amazing display of Franklin vehicles from all ages all lovingly restored and displayed. Worth a visit for sure!  more »
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  • May 9, 2017
    Hidden Gem for Franklin cars or antique cars fans. Very nice and knowledgeable guide. We enjoyed a lot. Just a problem, the signage is really small on ground, you will easily oversee it so not easy to find the entrance. Other than that, really worth to stop by n spend at least 1.5 hours there. Love it!
  • June 7, 2017
    This is a must go to place of you like cars or history. Remarkably well done, incredible collection. Curator was delightful. Hidden treasure!
  • April 14, 2017
    Second visit. New cars added. Cars were moved. Fantastic guide person. Will go again.
  • January 5, 2015
    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.
  • January 5, 2016
    Worth the fee. Tour was personal and informative even after 30 yrs in dealership parts and service experience.

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