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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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  • It has been a couple of years since we visited but I think it is Time to go back. This museum is only open in the fall -spring. These cars would have been so much fun to drive if you could afforded th...  more »
  • Very interesting. Nice selection of automobiles representing the history of the Franklin line. Good explanations provided by museum personnel/docent. If you are a vintage car enthusiast, this is one t...  more »
  • If you are enamored at the sight of truly spectacular classic cars-this will be heaven for you. If you like Franklin Automobiles, however, you will feel like you died and went to “Franklin Motorcar He...  more »
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  • Very cool and unique museum. Small but packed with a lot of Franklins. Had a personal tour and thoroughly enjoyed it.
  • I have visited several times, great setting and insightful tours. Witness automotive history right here in Tucson, Arizona.
  • Great place to visit kind of hidden, gentleman there is very knowledgeable about the cars, worth the admission
  • Closed during the summer, but the Google listing does not reflect that. Drove out there when it showed they were open from 10am - 4pm. Listing needs to be updated.
  • 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!

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