Are you looking for some educational fun, cool visuals, and a non-intimidating, interactive museum experience. Maybe it’s a pit stop along your next road trip or a destination in and of itself. The solution? A car museum! These eight spots around the West are top-rated and sure to deliver.
Frontier Relics & Auto Museum, Gillette, Wyoming
Get ready to be transported back in time—this hidden Wyoming gem is waiting for you to take a trip down memory lane (or, for the younger generations, to be taken with all of the brightly-lit neon signs). There are 13,000 square feet of classic Americana to explore, including cars of yesteryear, porcelain signs, vintage gas pumps, and an indoor “drive-in theater” for classic entertainment. After you’ve worked up an appetite, head over to the soda fountain for some old-fashioned ice cream and tunes.
LeMay-America’s Car Museum, Tacoma, Washington
Housing roughly 350 vehicles from all over the world, LeMay-America’s Auto Museum ties for the top of our list based on the sheer number of cars in one spot. The range of exploration in this four-story space is as wide as you can imagine—experience everything from a 1925 Ford pickup truck and a colorful 1950’s Chevy Impala to the Flintmobile, which was used in the 1994 Flintstones film. Specialty family and educational events are offered on a regular basis throughout the year; be sure to check their website to see what’s coming up.
California Auto Museum, Sacramento
Opened in 1987, the California Auto Museum highlights the historic impact of vehicles. More than 130 vehicles are on display, some of which date back to the 1880s. Their “rolling exhibit” in the front of the museum changes every three to four months, so there will always be something new to see. Pop in between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. on the third Sunday of each month to experience Sunday Drives—you’ll get to take a ride in one of the museum cars down the streets of downtown Sacramento, a free perk of regular admission.