Permanent Exhibits

Visiting the California Automobile museum is a unique and interesting experience – and that is in large part due to the expansive collection of over 150 vehicles on display. Walking through the exhibits will take visitors past cars from 1885 and all the way through to 2011. It is walk through the history of cars and California culture!

Our collection is known for being representative of what was actually on the roads over the years. This means that we may even have the car you, your parent, or your grandparent used to drive! From affordable kit cars and Model Ts to luxurious Packards and Lamborghinis, our collection represents all spectrums of cars driven in California over the last 120 years.

Come and experience automotive evolution like never before with tours offered daily and a chance to see an array of cars up close and personal. Our collection is unlike any other in the world.

Permanent Exhibits:

Sparkplug Square
For the little tykes to build a love of cars, furnished by

Alternative Propulsion
Alternative Fuels and Energy Efficiency, supported by

Car Club Cavalcade
Local car clubs on display every month!

Cars of the Stars
Famous Owners and Famous Vehicles

Current Vehicles
A list of all vehicles currently on display


If you are interested in displaying your vehicle at the museum, please visit this page.



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