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Franklin Auto Museum, Tucson

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Founded by Thomas Hubbard, the museum is a means to continue his collection of classic Franklin automobiles, and to provide an opportunity to develop a comprehensive Franklin Museum covering all years of the company's production.

Mr. Hubbard put into trust the following:

- His entire Franklin automobile collection

- An extensive library of Franklin Company research materials

- His Aunt's extensive collection of native American artifacts

- A historical adobe home, museum and other buildings

- A generous endowment sufficient to maintain and preserve the facility in Tucson

Tom's intentions were for the trust to preserve and expand the cars, Indian artifacts and facilities to be complementary to the established southwestern site and architecture.

The automobile collection has grown to include additional representative examples of all Franklin automobiles. The H. H. Franklin Foundation is an educational museum of cars and displays. This is the center of Franklin history.

The Museum is open from Mid-October through Memorial Day Weekend.

The cost is $5 per individual. Students and Children are not charged admission.
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  • The Franklin Museum is a hidden gem for car lovers. It is staffed almost entirely by dedicated, enthusiastic volunteers, so the hours it is open are quite limited and it is totally closed...  more »
  • First suggestion get good directions this is a tucked away gem. One of a kind car collection.The guide was so informative and invited questions. One of the Franklin were invited to Concours D'Elegant....  more »
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  • What s wonderful find in Tucson! We had a great host who showed us the restored Franklin cars and horseless carriages from 1902 to the early 30s when Franklin went bankrupt. The cares were beautifully restored and artistically designed. The price is modest to get a delightful tour!
  • One of Tucson's hidden gems. If you love cars and or history this is a must see for you. They are only open October through memorial day weekend. They have quite a few Franklin cars here, and the volunteers who run it are very knowledgeable. If you are in the area stop by, you will be happy you did.

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