School Tour Booking
We offer school tours for students of all ages. Come to the Museum to learn all about automobiles from how they are made to how they work.
Guided School Tour - fREE
Recommended for students of all ages
Experience the Museum through the eyes of an automobile aficionado with a guided museum tour. Docents will introduce visitors to the unique collection and give insight about specific cars. Tours can be tailored to different themes or vehicles of interest.
Hour and a Half
Recommended for 5th – 8th grade
This is a hands-on program where students experience what it was like to work on one of Henry Ford’s famous assembly lines. Students take a guided Museum tour and learn the history of Henry Ford, the assembly line, and early Ford vehicles. After the tour, students form an assembly line and together build a series of three-dimensional Model T paper cars. Each student will take home a Model T paper car as their own memento from the Museum. Motorworks is limited to a maximum of 20 students.
Beep, Honk, Vroom!
Recommended for Kindergarten – 2nd Grade
What is an automobile? What are the differences between cars, busses, trucks, and vans? How do cars of the past compare to the cars we have today? What can we do to be safe in an automobile? Students will take an interactive tour of the Museum and compare and contrast the vehicles of today with cars of the past.
ON THE MOVE!
Recommended for 3rd – 4th grade
What is transportation? Why is transportation important? When and why were horses, wagons, and trains replaced by an automobile? Students will play an interactive game that takes them through the timeline of the world’s most innovative modes of transportation. What will the future of transportation look like?
Lunch Seating Options:
If you would like to eat your lunch at the museum, a lunch area can be reserved upon request for school tours for a small fee. We can accommodate seating for up to 30 in Vic’s Parlor and up to 50 in our climate-controlled Education Center. We also have secure areas to store backpacks and lunches upon request.
School Tour Admission Rates
"Guided Museum Tour" Students – Free
"Motorworks" Students – $2 / Student
Teacher(s) / Home School Organizer(s) – Free
Bus Driver(s) – Free
Adult Chaperone(s) | 1 adult chaperone per 10 students – Free
Additional Adult Chaperone(s) – $5 each
Parking | Buses and Cars – Free
We also cover the cost of buses up to $200 by request
Prices are for a minimum group size of 10 students.
Tours must be booked two weeks in advance of the requested date and be on a single payment to secure the group rate.
Please contact our director Karen at firstname.lastname@example.org or 916-442-6802 for more information about booking.
Please read our group & school tour policies, linked below.
Title I Schools
Scholarships to tour the California Automobile Museum are available for Title I schools. Motorworks is not included in the scholarship program. For more information, please contact the Museum's Director.