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Blackhawk Museum

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Address: 3700 Blackhawk Plaza Cir, Danville, CA 94506-4652
Phone Number:
+1 925-736-2280
Today
10:00 - 17:00
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Wed - Sun 10:00 - 17:00
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
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Since opening in August 1988, Blackhawk Museums has displayed classic...

Since opening in August 1988, Blackhawk Museums has displayed classic automobiles and myriad exhibitions exemplifying art, technology and history. Local students, residents and international visitors enjoy educational presentations, cultural programs and volunteer opportunities. Since the beginning it has been home to the Blackhawk Automotive Museum with over 55 vintage, classic, rare and sports automobiles on display. These automobiles are regarded as works of art and range from the dawn of the motoring age through the 1960's. In 2015, a new exhibition, The Spirit of the Old West opened, telling the story of the western frontier from the perspective of both the Native Americans and the settlers before, during and after the expansion west. The exhibition features authentic artifacts from the period, a large diorama depicting key historic moments, scenes of wildlife from the frontier and other elements that bring the past to life. Other exhibitions on display include the Wheelchair Foundation Gallery and an exhibition of Juke Boxes from the Golden Age and vintage oil pumps.

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Got to be the best car museum I've ever visited

An incredible gem of a find, and you have to search this one out as its not well publicised. A stunning collection of some of the most beautiful cars in the world and nearly all... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 weeks ago
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Plymouth, United Kingdom
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Danville
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66 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

I visited here after living a few miles away for the past 20 years. It's not good for a car museum, or Natural History. It's embarassingly weak and thin everywhere you look. Of all the museums I've visited around the world, this has to be at the bottom. I can't image anyone else enjoying any portion of this.

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Thank rocor335
Timothy M, Executive Director at Blackhawk Museum, responded to this review

Dear Visitor, We are sorry to learn that you feel this way about the Blackhawk Museums following your recent visit and would like to respond to your comment. The Museums opened in August 1988 and at that time was the one of the foremost international automotive museums. Fours year later the Museum opened its West Wing extension that over the... More 

Plymouth, United Kingdom
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14 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

An incredible gem of a find, and you have to search this one out as its not well publicised. A stunning collection of some of the most beautiful cars in the world and nearly all in mint condition. Too many old Ferraris to remember, Old Rolls Royces, Jaguars and some big old American cars. An incredible collection like none other.... More 

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Thank JonathanOB1
Timothy M, Executive Director at Blackhawk Museum, responded to this review

Dear Visitor, Thank you for your positive feedback. It is a great pleasure to learn that you liked your visit so much. Many thanks for visiting the Blackhawk Museums and we look forward to welcoming you back soon. Kind regards Timothy McGrane Executive Director Blackhawk Museums More 

Danville, California
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28 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

For automobile aficionados, there is no better place to immerse yourself to enjoy the beauty of automotive engineering. It is hard not to be distracted while enjoying looking at one car, only to have a yet more beautiful one a couple meters away! This is not just "a guy thing", as my wife enjoys it as much as I. It's... More 

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San Ramon, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 December 2016

Wow, the Blackhawk Museum is awesome!! My hubby and I came to see some classic cars and were impressed with the collection of cars to be seen! There were so many cool cars to see during our visit it was fabulous. I didn't realize that there was also the Spirit of the Old West Museum as well, which has the... More 

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Thank LisaandRod93013
Timothy M, Executive Director at Blackhawk Museum, responded to this review

Dear Visitor, Thank you for your positive feedback. It is a great pleasure to learn that you liked your visit so much, enjoying both our automotive gallery and the western history gallery. Many thanks for visiting the Blackhawk Museums and we look forward to welcoming you back soon. Kind regards Timothy McGrane Executive Director Blackhawk Museums More 

East Moline, Illinois
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82 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 December 2016

Two museums in one. A collection of 55 unique cars from around the world showcasing design innovation. The second floor houses the Spirit of the West, with very interesting historical information on Plains Indians and the migration of settlers along the Oregon Trail. Go!

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 November 2016

If you're a car lover this is a must see. Even if you're not you will be impressed with the "art" of the automobiles displayed over 3 floors. It is almost a mini-history lesson in the automobile with pristine examples of vehicles. The museum, and it is museum quality exhibitions, is configured so that you can get close enough to... More 

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Thank Blips53
Timothy M, Executive Director at Blackhawk Museum, responded to this review

Dear Visitor, Thank you for your positive feedback. It is a great pleasure to learn that you liked your visit so much. Many thanks for visiting the Blackhawk Museums and we look forward to welcoming you back soon. Kind regards Timothy McGrane Executive Director Blackhawk Museums More 

Knoxville, Tennessee
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191 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 November 2016

Truly outstanding collection of antique cars and history of the U.S. west with incredible dioramas, Native American artifacts, and stuffed animals.

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Thank Wayne C
Timothy M, Executive Director at Blackhawk Museum, responded to this review

Dear Visitor, Thank you for your positive feedback. It is a great pleasure to learn that you liked your visit so much, enjoying both our automotive gallery and the western history gallery. Many thanks for visiting the Blackhawk Museums and we look forward to welcoming you back soon. Kind regards Timothy McGrane Executive Director Blackhawk Museums More 

Charlottesville, Virginia
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427 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 124 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 November 2016

So not a huge collection of cars but enough and all of them very unique and expensive . The detailing of all the cars stands out as way above the normal standard for this type of attraction. The area around the Museum also has some nice restaurants and bars . If your after the exotic collector cars this is the... More 

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Thank bvlynch
Timothy M, Executive Director at Blackhawk Museum, responded to this review

Dear Visitor, Thank you for your positive feedback. It is a great pleasure to learn that you liked your visit so much. Many thanks for visiting the Blackhawk Museums and we look forward to welcoming you back soon. Kind regards Timothy McGrane Executive Director Blackhawk Museums More 

CA
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80 reviews
32 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 November 2016

Some beautiful cars with a history. If a car lover this is perfect. Easy parking. A little pricey. Not a place for young kids.

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Thank Antiochann
Timothy M, Executive Director at Blackhawk Museum, responded to this review

Dear Visitor, Thank you for your positive feedback. It is a great pleasure to learn that you liked your visit so much, enjoying our car gallery. Since the opening of our Spirit of the Old West Gallery in February 2015 we have received positive comments from the many school groups that they did enjoy the western history display, especially the... More 

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37 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 November 2016 via mobile

My son is the very proud owner of a Ford Mustang and regularly meets up with several like-minded car enthusiasts. On the first Sunday of each month the car park at Blackhawk Plaza and Motor Museum is the meeting point for many classic and performance cars. Free coffee is on tap and if you are a car buff or not... More 

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Thank whiskers51
Timothy M, Executive Director at Blackhawk Museum, responded to this review

Dear Visitor, Thank you for your positive feedback. It is good to learn that you son enjoys our monthly F1rst Sunday Cars & Coffee events. Since we started these in April 2013 the events have attracted car enthusiasts from all over the Bay Area and beyond with a wide variety of cars showing up each month and we now get... More 

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