28 Apr

Cover Story: Thoughts for the Future and a Growing Museum

From the Cadillac of our Executive Director, Karen McClaflin

photo 2Last month I had the privilege of attending both the California Association of Museum’s conference in Napa as well as the National Association of Automobile Museums’ conference in Los Angeles. It’s always an amazing opportunity to get to spend entire days with other auto (and non-auto) museum directors and curators, collecting ideas and vision! Even experienced 2 earthquakes while in LA!!

Back home, the challenge is then deciding what ideas work for us and when/how to implement them. On top of that, we are still working furiously on our new home project, which takes up a large portion of our attention.

I’m sure most of you have heard that we lost the Natural History Museum and the Sniders as our partners in the venture; they decided to discontinue their pursuit of a museum along the waterfront with us, but generously committed $1 million toward the project nonetheless, which we are incredibly grateful for. We hope this significant gift will enable us to purchase the property from the City on our own, and subsequently raise funds for additional improvements.

Top priorities will be a new roof and HVAC, hopefully followed by an expansion in the front including a new grand entrance at the northeast corner on Front Street, and an addition in the back which will include a restoration shop.

California Automobile Museum Rendering of New Building
A sample rendering can be found to the right; although we have not finalized any details (pending costs and our ability to raise funds), so this is entirely a preliminary draft design. In any case, we remain very excited about the project and stay busy meeting with the City, architect, fundraising consultants and contractors.
Stay tuned for more information as we travel down this path to a comprehensive remodel of our building!


Gorgeous Cars & Good Times
Vettes for Vets & American Muscle!

By , Marketing Director

Vettes for Vets and american muscle - california automobile museum Come out and enjoy the sun gleaming off the gorgeous cars at Vettes for Vets & American Muscle on Memorial Day 10 am – 3 pm. Monday, May 26th will be a great day of sunshine and memorial for our veterans who will enjoy a 50/50 raffle, hot delicious food, FREE museum admission, and a selection of military vehicles. Veterans and spectators can enjoy the glorious car show for FREE in the parking lot south of the Museum, so bring the whole family!

A great addition to this car show is that everyone who joins us will get to see a real military helicopter up-close and even get to climb inside! The Bell UH-1 Iroquois, unofficially “Huey”, is a military helicopter powered by a single, turboshaft engine, with a two-bladed main rotor and tail rotor. The helicopter was developed by Bell Helicopter to meet the United States Army’s requirement for a medical evacuation. The display of this helicopter is made possible by Chapter North of the Vietnam Helicopter Pilots Association (CCN-VHPA).

To add to the fun, veterans will receive FREE admission to the museum with their DD214, VA card, picture proving military service, etc. Current exhibits include “Make-A-Move” a hands-on exhibit chronicling the history of how cars move and “It’s Electrifying!” Presented by SMUD a historical look at alternative fuel and electric vehicles in California.
Vettes for Vets and American Muscle

Car owners who wish to enter their car in Vettes for Vets & American Muscle are welcome to register online or in person at the California Automobile Museum at 2200 Front Street. Registration fee includes lunch for the driver and a chance to show off your gorgeous car while paying tribute to our military veterans. This car show is open to all Corvettes and American-made muscle cars. Car owners are only $20 to pre-register and $25 at the gate. Call (916) 442-6802 or visit Calautomuseum.org for more car show registration details.

The mission of the California Automobile Museum is to preserve, exhibit, and teach the story of the automobile and its influence on our lives. The California Automobile Museum is open daily from 10:00 am – 6:00pm and until 9:00pm on the third Thursday of every month; all are welcome, and free tours are available.




6th Annual CAM Car Cruise

6th Annual CAM Car Cruise & Show
is just around the corner!

Gorgeous cars will cruise on through from Sac State to Fulton Avenue on a regulated route with no stops this August 9th for what’s known as Sacramento’s BEST Car Cruise and Show. Spectators of all ages are welcome to cheer Cruisers along the path from Sac State to Fulton Avenue, then walk freely around Fulton to enjoy some summer fun! Cruise begins at 4:00 pm, ending in a car show 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm.



Sign-up for both car shows and save! Follow this link to learn more about our duo pricing!


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