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Franklin Museum

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Address: 1405 E Kleindale Rd, Tucson, AZ 85719-1915
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For more than 40 years, the home of the late collector Tom Hubbard has been...

For more than 40 years, the home of the late collector Tom Hubbard has been the center of Franklin Automobile history. Featuring more than 20 antique and classic Franklin automobiles, as well as a collection of prehistoric artifacts collected by archaeologist Alice Carpenter, the museum is located in a quiet subdivision in the center of Tucson. Open publicly – Mid-October through Memorial Day weekend – Wednesday through Saturday; 10 am to 4 pm. Private tours available year-round; phone or e-mail for arrangements. Large groups are requested to call ahead.

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Old Tucson neighborhood with incrediable old cars

Years ago, this Tucson treasure was scheduled to move to upstate New York. I'm not sure why it stayed, but I'm glad it did! (Maybe our dry climate helps keep the cars in good... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
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Tucson, Arizona
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Years ago, this Tucson treasure was scheduled to move to upstate New York. I'm not sure why it stayed, but I'm glad it did! (Maybe our dry climate helps keep the cars in good condition?) Whether you love Franklins, or you don't recognize the name, this place will open your eyes to automobile travel a century ago.

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Tucson, Arizona
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a well hidden gem that everyone should visit, It is a tad difficult to locate, but, once you arrive the cars are well worth it. It is not a large museum, however, take your time. Our tour guide ( Bill ) is a variable fountain of information. He grew up working on the cars, He has driven many... More 

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Calgary
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

A great collection of a forgotten manufacturer. Run by volunteers, you get a personal tour. A bit hard to find as Tucson has grown out to the small acreage it is on, and it is on a dirt road. But drive in, you won't be disappointed.

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Creve Coeur, Missouri
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

More classic and rare Franklins than I've have seen in one place. Out of the way museum, somewhat hard to find, even with Garmin, spread out over several buildings in a residential area. Flat out beautiful cars and some very rare original ones also. A diamond in the rough.

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Chandler, AZ
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 February 2017

This gem is a little hard to find using GPS. Don't let that bother you, just call and get driving instructions. It is always amazing the care and love the Franklin cars received in being restored. Everyone should visit this museum.

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Tucson
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 January 2017

Difficult to find in a residential area on a dirt street, even if you have a GPS. However, the art work and the volunteer guides make the visit worthwhile. The cars are a tribute to the origins of the auto industry just after the turn of the 20th century, and to the work of the restorers. It is hard to... More 

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Seal Beach, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 January 2017

This small museum for Franklin cars is off the beaten path including going through a residential area and on to a dirt road. They have docents to share the vehicles with you and they will tell you great stories and open the cars for your viewing (no touching of course). I am not a car buff and was "along for... More 

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Lincoln, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 November 2016 via mobile

After much searching for location ( required phone call to find) we had knowledgeable guide "Squeaky" (maybe not real name). He spent three hrs with us ( we were only people there). Answered questions of all nature. Serious, funny,often just discussing the cars there the owner who started the collecting I am not much into old stuff but did enjoy... More 

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Prescott, Arizona
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 November 2016

This is a remarkable selection of restored "new" (1930s) and "old" Franklin automobiles from gentlemen's roadsters to a dual cowl touring car -- three small buildings filled with cars. Most are immaculately restored examples. The volunteers are extremely knowledgeable, enthusiastic and friendly. Arrive from the north on Vine Street and find an entrance on the left.

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Tucson
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 August 2016

This is a one of a kind. A little hard to find but worth the trouble. Cars are beautifully refurbished. Knowledgeable caretakers to answer all your questions. If you love cars this stop is a must.

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