Grandparents on the Go

Martin Auto Museum

Classic Cars from every era…the Martin Auto Museum

Grandparents on the Go
By Cathy Burford & Cathy Droz

Cathy droz and Cathy BurfordRev up your engine, grab your grandkids, and make a mad dash for the coolest collection of automotive history right here in Phoenix! I’m referring to the Martin Auto Museum, located on N Black Canyon, just north of Bell Road. Step inside and you will be grinning from ear to ear, as there is literally something for everyone here. The breadth of this museum’s gems span over a hundred years, and no matter what ‘your’ favorite era is, you’ll find it here. In fact, it’s hard to know where to look first, from the impressive row of Corvettes, to the 1930 Duesenberg that is beyond beautiful, to the working carousel, to the vintage tractors, to the Kennedy-era Lincoln from the Presidential fleet that is a duplicate of the one in which the President was riding on November 22, 1963. More than 50 autos are cleverly arraigned to make the most of their interior space. Personally, I prefer this arraignment, as it lets each beauty stand on its own. The rest of the décor is hard to ignore, as the walls are covered with signage and posters from past decades. They even have meeting rooms available for rent for up to 120 people. While that would be “Adults Only”, it would be quite a treat for your guests!


This would make a great summer outing for your kiddos, just have the “look but don’t touch” talk beforehand, as they need to respect these classics. In addition to being open to the public, they also have educational programs that cover grades Pre-K – 12. On occasion the museum has partnered with local high schools to restore some of the cars that have been acquired by the MAM, hopefully creating a new crop of automotive restoration specialists. I would be remiss if I neglected to mention a few of the special autos in the collection: A beautiful 1915 Ford Model T; several Cadillacs, most notably a 1910; A Shelby Cobra with six miles on it that is worth seven figures; Colonel Klink’s Car from the TV series M.A. S. H; A vast array of 40’s,50’s & 60’s models that could make you drool; and last but not least, a replica of the Benz 1886 Patent Motor Wagen, in which Bertha Benz took her historic long distance (66 miles) drive that was the first in history, paving the way for female and male motorists to follow. She took the Motor Wagen out without the permission of either her husband, or the authorities on Aug 5, 1888…you go Bertha!


And the really amazing part- children 12 and under are free, and all they ask of adults is a $5 donation. Now that you know, you just have to go!


If You Go:

Martin Auto Museum                                                                For questions, or to schedule an event or school

17641 N Black Canyon                                                                visit: 602.971.4753

Phoenix, AZ 85023

Open Thursday, Friday and Saturday from Noon to 5pm