The Sacramento California California Automobile Museum used to be called the Towe Auto Museum and before that the Ford Auto Museum but is now under new management so is called the California Automobile Museum. While the name has changed not much else has at the great museum. When you think of museums you probably do not think about cars. In fact I think that the western US is the only place that has car museums. While the Smithsonian does have areas dedicated to transportation they do not have a car only are and certainly no car only museum. The west has always loved the automobile. With so much room out here we use our cars a lot. The only place besides California in the West I know that has any car museum is Nevada. California has some of the best auto museums around. While Sacramento often has second rate museums and other facilities The Sacramento California Automobile Museum is by far the best auto museum in Northern California even beating out the Bay Area.
What is so great about the California Automobile Museum and since it used to be the Ford Auto Museum does that mean that it mostly has Ford cars? Well surprisingly even when it was the Ford Auto Museum it still had mostly cars that were not Ford. Besides cars the California Automobile Museum also has motorcycles. One of the neatest cars the Sacramento Auto Museum has on display is a Stanley Steamer. Some other car highlights include a Ferrari, and an even rarer but inoperable EV1. As you can see not a single Ford would I consider a top car at the California Automobile Museum. Some other highlights include some early Harley Davidson motorcyles, along with some early Indian motorcycles as well. The California Automobile Museum is fairly large which is understandable considering that it houses cars which are not small things. Not only do they house cars but they house lots of cars. California Automobile Museum is not the same size as the States much bigger and more impressive neighbors in San Diego and Los Angeles but it is respectable size.
Occasionally there are cars for sale from the California Automobile Museum. Sometimes these cars are classics and sometimes they are just old cars. The cars are often just donations and the sale goes to support the California Automobile Museum. Buying a car from the California Automobile Museum can get you a nice car, or sometimes just a cheap car, and you can have helped out the museum.
The California Automobile Museum is a great place to go for awhile. It is not a full day place but you can go to other nearby Sacramento locations before or after going to the California Automobile Museum. If you like cars then you are sure to love the California Automobile Museum.