The Franklin Museum in North-Central Tucson is a must see for every American classic car aficionado. Its main attraction is ... More
The Franklin Museum in North-Central Tucson is a must see for every American classic car aficionado. Its main attraction is the Franklin, with 18 models on display, all original or fully restored, built between 1910 and 1934. Also featured are classic cars from 1909 to 1941, rotated at irregular intervals. Actual hours vary due to a scarcity of staff volunteers. It is therefore recommended to call ahead. Admission is free and donations are always graciously accepted.
Excellent collection of air cooled cars that had many features way ahead of its time. Cars are well restored and several cars yet to be restored. Small but well matained.
Friendly staff that has lots of history to share.
I accidentally heard about the Franklin Museum just before we headed from Alaska to see spring around the U.S. The museum is not the easiest place to find. The compound is tucked in the center of some chaparral covered land and looks much like it could be a well off persons home and out buildings. It was well worth the effort. About three or four buildings in Spanish desert style are clustered together on a few acres. Inside these buildings you�ll find the best collection of Franklin air cooled cars I have ever seen. The interior is well laid somewhat crowded but filled with beautifully restored Franklin cars of all styles.
The museum seems to be run by volunteers and is a little loose on schedules. We arrived on a week day when they were closed but drove a hundred miles back two days later. It was miles well spent. Nice people, knowledgeable and very pleasant. You won�t be disappointed if you like to look at restored cars. I real surprise in the desert.