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Sunny days ahead for the California Automobile Museum
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Sunny days ahead for the California Automobile Museum

The California Auto Museum has successfully completed the purchase of its building and surrounding property from the City of Sacramento, achieving a long-held dream of Museum management and enthusiasts. Located at 2200 Front Street in Sacramento’s emerging waterfront district, the Museum also announced it has reached the ambitious goal of raising $750,000 from friends and supporters to replace the badly leaking roof. Construction on the roof replacement will begin this week.

“These two events mark what may be the two most significant achievements in the California Automobile Museum’s 30-year history,” said Tupper Hull, President of the Board of Directors of the California Vehicle Foundation (which operates the Museum). “We are deeply appreciative of the support we have received from the City of Sacramento, involved community members and museum enthusiasts in helping to make these two momentous events possible.”

The sale of the Museum property was concluded on July 6, 2017 when the ownership change was recorded with Sacramento County. After leasing the 72,000 square foot building from the City for the past 30 years, the City Council recently voted unanimously to sell the building to the non-profit for $70,100.

“The future looks very bright – and thankfully dry -- for the California Automobile Museum,” said Delta Pick Mello, Executive Director of the California Automobile Museum. “Ownership of the existing property will ensure a permanent and long-term home for the Automobile Museum and provide a southern anchor to the chain of existing and planned museums on the Sacramento waterfront. Replacing our aging, leaking roof means we won’t have to put out hundreds of buckets to catch the drips and rivulets of water every rainy season.”

The Museum’s collection of more than 150 historic vehicles and educational displays currently attracts more than 60,000 visitors per year from throughout the United States and around the globe.  The Museum offers a wide range of cultural and educational programs, including:

  • School tour programs meeting California curriculum standards including STEM and Common Core;
  • Summer camp programs for children ages 7 to 13;
  • Collaborative programs with other local museums;
  • An educational play area and story time for pre-kindergarten age children;
  • Touch tours for the visually impaired;
  • Specialized tours for seniors;
  • Exhibits highlighting alternative fuels and emerging transportation technologies;
  • Feature exhibits showcasing California’s automobile culture.

“We are so pleased the City has recognized the benefits the Museum brings to the area and the emerging waterfront district,” Mello continued. “The sale of the Museum property is a demonstration of the City’s confidence in, and support for, our mission. The purchase of the property allows us to continue to improve the facility, expand our educational programs, and enhance the visitor experience.”
The California Automobile Museum will be open as usual during the roof replacement process (10 a.m. to 5 p.m. every day except Tuesdays). For more information about the California Automobile Museum, please call 916-442-6802 or visit www.calautomuseum.org

About California Automobile Museum
Since opening in 1987, the California Automobile Museum tells the story of over 130 years of automotive culture and history.  Exhibiting makes and models of all kinds, the Museum strives to preserve, exhibit, teach and tell the stories of the automobile and its influence on our lives. For more, visit www.calautomuseum.org or call 916-442-6802.


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