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Franklin Auto Museum, Tucson

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4.8/5 based on 75 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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  • This is a one of a kind. A little hard to find but worth the trouble. Cars are beautifully refurbished. Knowledgeable caretakers to answer all your questions. If you love cars this stop is a must. 
  • Great little find, set off in the back streets of Tucson. Whether you're a collector or not, one can't help but be impressed by this private collection. The cars are beautiful and represent over 30 ye...  read more »
  • Great for car buffs that like old cars. It is a private collection that is open to the public. The cars are all Franklins, they sell hats and other items. 
  • 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!
  • Worth the fee. Tour was personal and informative even after 30 yrs in dealership parts and service experience.
  • 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.
  • 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.
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