With the news that the Peterson Automotive Museum will be closed for the next year as it receives its first ever design overhaul, you may be wondering where you’re going to get your automobile nostalgia fix or gearhead fix. Don’t worry; we’ve got you covered. Here are five of the best car museums in the L.A.-area, stretching from Torrance to Duarte.
Automobile Driving Museum
610 Lairport Street, El Segundo, CA 90245
The Automobile Driving Museum in El Segundo commemorates a bygone era of auto enthusiasm, providing visitors with an immersive look into the lives of the original owners and collectors of the museum’s fleet. Browse over 130 vintage, antique, and muscle cars, and on Sundays, take some for a spin.
The Nethercutt Museum and Collection
15151 and 15200 Bledsoe Street, Sylmar, CA 91342
The Nethercutt Museum and Collection is a little-known treasure. Two separate buildings house an immaculate collection of classic cars dating back to the early 1900s. In the dusty reaches of Sylmar, the collection is housed within a 10-story structure that also served as the residence for J.B. Nethercutt, a cosmetics magnate, and his wife Dorothy. Spread over four floors are antique cars, memorabilia, furniture, clocks, watches, and mechanical musical instruments. Next door, the museum showcases 130 antique, vintage and classic cars. Both attractions are free and open to the public; however, reservations must be made to visit the collection.
Wally Parks NHRA Motorsports Museum
1101 W. McKinley Ave., Bldg 3A, Pomona CA, 91768
The Wally Parks NHRA Motorsports Museum sits within a 28,500-square-foot building at the edge of the Los Angeles County Fairplex in Pomona. Dedicated to a celebration of motorsports in American culture, the museum features race cars, hot rods, and custom cars, as well as race artifacts, speed records, photographs, and lifetimes of stories.
Justice Brothers Racing Museum
2734 E Huntington Dr, Duarte, CA 91010
A tribute to racing brothers Ed, Gus, and Zeke Justice, this small museum features all things American racing from cars to memorabilia, alongside historic Route 66 in Duarte. The vehicles in the museum are not roped off, so you can get an up-close, nearly hands-on view of each car, as you browse the over-200 examples of American automotive history from the 1920s up through the 1960s to the present day.
Marconi Automotive Museum
1302 Industrial Drive, Tustin, CA 92780
The Marconi Automotive Museum in Tustin is all about speed. Exhibiting historic, exotic, classic, and race cars from around the world, as well as an impressive number of American muscle cars, this is a museum for gearheads more than nostalgia-seekers.