Current Exhibits

Corbin Sparrow at the California Automobile Museum - current exhibits

A 2001 Corbin Sparrow. Also known as “Jelly Bean”

It’s Electrifying! Alternative Fuel Vehicles in California

February 15, 2014 through June 15, 2014

“It’s Electrifying! Alternative Fuel Vehicles in California” presented by SMUD at the California Automobile Museum opened February 15 and runs through Fathers Day, June 15, 2014. This exhibit is a historical look at the progression of alternative fuel and electric cars produced with California’s trending market in mind.

From a 1911 Detroit Electric to a sleek Tesla Roadster, Museum patrons will explore and discover the technology that has driven these cars through the past and into the future. Children and adults will enjoy an enlightening display of plug-in electric, fuel cell, compressed natural gas, and hydrogen vehicles that have been influential to today’s auto industry.

For more information on our title sponsor for this exhibit, SMUD Electric Vehicles, please visit

This exhibit is relevant to the California Automobile Museum’s mission to preserve, exhibit and teach the story of the automobile and its influence on our lives. The Museum is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization. This is an all-ages facility open to the public 10am – 6pm seven days a week.

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This exhibit was curated with assistance from the Sacramento Electric Vehicle Association (SacEV).

“The number of electric autos on the streets of Sacramento is steadily increasing, and manufacturers look for many orders the coming spring and Bummer, so popular are the electrics becoming, especially among the women. Few of the gentler sex are seen at the wheels of the gasoline and Steam cars, but they handle the light running electrics with ease.

The Studebaker Company considers Sacramento about the most promising field for electrics they know of, and anticipate a fine trade in this style of car. The level streets of Sacramento, and the equally level roads throughout the valley are very inviting for the use of electrics.”

- from “Auto-Notes.” Sacramento Weekly and Alta California. December 18, 1909: page 17.


California Automobile Museum Make A Move Technology Exhibit

Make A Move: Innovations that Created the Automobile

The automobile is an invention that has changed the course of human life throughout the globe. But where did the ideas to create it come from? And how exactly do all those parts work? This hands-on exhibit will help explain to visitors of all ages the technologies that all help the automobile “Make a Move.”

Included in this exhibit will be three very different car chassis that visitors can touch to feel the differences and similarities, cut-aways of engines to see what the big deal about cylinders really is, and more!

This exhibit features a cork-board wall for visitors to put their ideas of what could make cars better. Below are some of the responses, visit to submit some of your own!


Museum members will enjoy free admission throughout the duration of these special exhibits along with special discounts applied in the Giftshop and tickets to Museum-related events. To learn more about membership options, click here or call (916) 442-6802.



Cars of the Stars

StarCars The California Automobile Museum has several famous vehicles that were on television and cars owned by notable individuals. Vehicles include:

  • 1932 Ford Hardtop (AJ Foyt)
  • 1933 Lincoln KB (A.P. Giannini)
  • 1940 Lincoln-Zephyr Town Car by Brunn (Clara Ford)
  • 1974 Plymouth Satellite (Gov. Jerry Brown)
  • 1978 Kawasaki KZ1000 from the filming of CHiPS (Erik Estrada)
  • 1982 Porsche 911SC (Linda Ronstadt)
  • 1984 Ford Mustang LX convertible (Ricky Nelson)
  • 1987 Lamborghini Countach 5000SQV (Malcolm Forbes)


Going Green

Going GreenThe California Automobile Museum presents an exhibit which explores cars built on energy efficiency. In recent years, the term “Going Green” has become a household expression among political leaders, the automotive industry, and scholars.  This exhibit explores alternative energy vehicles from the early 1900′s to current day. Ask one of our friendly docent staff for a free guided tour of the museum and information about this project.





All of our vehicles on display are properly taken care of by California Automobile Museum vehicle care experts using products from Surf City Garage.