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The California Automobile Museum offers a wide variety of classes. Below is a list of classes offered by the museum at various times, and please click here to view and register for the upcoming classes. For more information on any of these classes, or to request notification for future scheduling, write to


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Model A Basics & Drivingth3

This class is presented by the Sacramento Capitol A’s car club.  It is designed to give students an understanding of Model A constructions, nomenclature, operation and basic maintenance and history.  Each student will have the opportunity to drive a Model A!

$85 Non-Member / $75 Member


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Muscle Car Tune-Up

*This is a 2-day workshop. This hands-on workshop is designed for those cars of the 1960s and 1970s.  Topics include technical service tips on the cranking systems, engine condition, ignition and advance, base timing, fuel system performance tests and service tips.  The class also includes information on parts resources for muscle cars. Students are encouraged to bring their muscle car to class so they can perform tune-up tests and adjustments directly on their vehicle.

$99 Non-Member / $89 Member


Model T Tune-Up Class

This hands-on workshop from 10am-4pm is designed for those who want to learn how to Tune Up their Model T Ford. Students will be personally taught by Milt Webb, our very own “Dr. T”. Topics include the demonstration of tests and measurements of the starter / battery, engine condition (compression tests), ignition service (spark plugs, coil checks, and timing), and fuel system checks (tank, carburetor cleaning and adjustments).

All students are highly encouraged to bring their Model T Ford to class so they can perform tune-up tests and adjustments directly on their vehicle!

$85 Non-Member / $75 Member



Artomotive Photography Workshop

Cameras and cars seem to go together, don’t they?  If it’s aiding a sale, documenting restoration, or simply capturing the beautiful design of a vehicle; photography plays an important role to the automotive hobby. In this workshop you will learn tips and techniques for enhancing your automotive photographs.  This class is oriented toward digital photography and will include demonstrations on how to use Adobe Photoshop to enhance your photography.  Please note that this course assumes that all adult students have an intermediate knowledge of photography and can bring their own camera equipment including a tripod and their cameras user manual.

$45 Non-Member / $35 Member

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Youth Basic Engine

This is a hands-on 3 hour class aimed at students 4thgrade and up.  Students learn how an engine works by taking apart a Briggs and Stratton one cylinder engine to see how the solids, liquids and gases interact to make it run.  Students also get to fire up several different types of engines to see how each gets their specific job done.

$25 Non-Member / $20 Member


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Racing & Engineering for Teens

Geared towards high school students, this class is taught by Hornet Racing. These CSU Sacramento students are a Formula SAE team which race in an international competition! They develop their engineering skills through management of a competitive racing team, and they want to share their knowledge with you! Learn what it is like to be an engineer and the inside workings of what it takes to build a race car from scratch. Students can see one of Sac State’s race cars and will build a motorized toy car in a group in the class.

$40 Non-Member / $25 Member


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Clay Modeling for Mini Car Designers

For small hands only! The kids will be able to see and experience how cars have different shapes and designs over the years, and then they can build their own car out of clay – similar to how car designers still do it today! The final product can be taken home as a keepsake from the class. We recommend that the kids wear clothing that can get dirty. This class is aimed for children aged 3 to 6 years old. Adult guardians are required to attend without charge.

$20 Non-Member / $15 Member


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Automotive Design & Clay Modeling

Whether you are a design fan or novice, this class is sure to impress. Adults will learn from our resident expert on automotive design about the tools designers and companies used, as well as important styling trends used throughout the history of the car. Then the student can try to design their own car in clay. Will your car be classic, modern, or unlike anything else seen before? And that clay masterpiece you will make? You get to take it home with you!

$30 Non-Member / $25 Member



Summer Camp: Modes of Motion

Monday, June 27-Friday, July 1st

9:00am-3:00pm (each day)
Pricing: $200 for the week for Museum members/$225 for non-members
open to youth age 8-12

Travel in style this summer by enrolling in the California Automobile Museum’s 2016 Summer Camp! Campers will be immersed in a five day expedition through all things transportation.

Cars, trains, boats, planes, and even space shuttles have all shaped the way we live and think. In this camp, students will explore them all by studying how they work and how they are designed. They will even get to ride in different types of vehicles from throughout history.

  • Campers will have a chance to:
  • Design and create their own vehicles using the engineering concepts from the past and present.
  • Play interactive team-building games to drive home the fundamental concepts of transit.
  • Experiment with the fundamental machines and technologies that guide our daily lives.
  • Test vehicle safety features to see how effective they are.
  • Create new, innovative, and maybe even unorthodox vehicle designs and see how they fare in a race against other campers.
  • Explore how stories can connect us to history through engaging narratives and shared experience.

This camp will include a well-rounded curriculum with lessons, arts and crafts, guest speakers, outdoor activities, experiments, workshops, and even a pinewood racing tournament.

The California Automobile Museum’s Summer Camp will also take field trips around Sacramento and learn how different modes of transportation helped shape California’s historic state capital. They will even get to explore other museums around the area while taking in many of the historic sites that Sacramento has to offer.

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