Lately rain has been drenching California. With the soaking it’s natural to want to discover dry places that offer kids and adults alike a respite from huddling in at home. Life-size Matchbox cars to the rescue. The roadside relics and classic designs on display at the Blackhawk Automotive Museum make it car heaven for automotive enthusiasts of any age.
The museum is less than an hour from San Francisco and San Jose making it an easy afternoon escape from Silicon Valley.
Inside there are roughly 53 historically significant cars ranging from the 1920s through the 1960s.
You’ll spy classic, sports and styling vehicles ranging from Rolls Royces and Packards to Ferraris and Alfa Romeos.
The museum is beautifully laid out and the lighting makes each paint job shimmer.
With cars on display in loads color combinations, everyone is sure to find something that strikes their fancy.
There’s even a working replica of the 1886 Benz Patent Motorwagen on the show floor.
Docent-led tours begin at 2:00pm every weekend.
In addition to the Blackhawk Automotive Museum, here’s a list of other neat little local spots we love across the Bay Area and Silicon Valley.
The tour lasts about an hour and the price is included with your ticket.
The museum also conducts a Cars & Coffee event in its parking lots on the first Sunday of every month rain or shine. It runs from 8:00am until 10:00am and car enthusiasts who share their classic cars, hot rods, sports cars and exotics with the crowd earn two complimentary tickets to the museum.
Blackhawk Automotive Museum
3700 Blackhawk Plaza Circle
Danville, California 94506
Hours: Wednesday Through Sunday 10:00am to 5:00pm
Admission: $15 for adults and $10 for students (valid ID required), seniors (65 or older) and for military veterans. Free admission for kids under six (with a paying adult admission) and active military.
Phone: (925) 736-2280