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5 Car Museums in Texas

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Like many states, Texas is home to several car museums well worth checking out. From large collections to small, here are five car museums in Texas to visit.

Austin Rock & Roll Car Museum

A trip to the Austin Rock & Roll Car Museum is a must for every automotive enthusiast, though you’ll need to plan ahead as the museum is only open the first and third Saturday of each month from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. It’s well worth checking out though, as the museum has a unique collection of antique race cars, movie production vehicles, and music memorabilia. The display changes frequently, so even if you visit the museum multiple times you’ll likely see something different every time.

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Horton Classic Car Museum

Located in downtown Nocona near the Oklahoma border, the Horton Classic Car Museum features 137 vehicles in its massive 37,400-square-foot space. The collection includes such classics as a 1953 Buick Skylark Golden Anniversary Convertible, a 1958 Pontiac Bonneville Series 25 Convertible, and a unique Corvette Nomad station wagon. Visit the museum Monday through Friday from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. and Saturday from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. (limited Saturday hours during the winter).

Art Car Museum

The Art Car Museum of Houston, also known as “Garage Mahal,” is the perfect mixture of automotive history and unique art. Vehicles on display range from ornately decorated classic cars to bicycles and concept vehicles. The museum also participates in the annual Houston Art Car Parade in the spring. Visit the museum Wednesday through Sunday from 11 a.m.-6 p.m.

Terrill Antique Car Museum

The Terrill Antique Car Museum is worth a stop if you’re in De Leon. This small museum features a collection of pre-WWII vehicles, including a Coffin Steam Carriage, Crow-Elkhart Cloverleaf, and a 1915 REO Speedwagon (not the band). Admission is free, and the museum is open from 10 a.m.-12 p.m. and 2-4 p.m.

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Clifton Classic Chassis Auto Museum

Located in Clifton, the Clifton Classic Chassis Auto Museum is a 22,000-square-foot facility that houses 35 cars dating from the 1940s to the 1980s, as well as various bicycles, motorcycles, and local historical memorabilia. The museum is open to the public on Saturday afternoons, or by appointment for luncheons, group showings, and special functions.