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“Beautiful”

The Nethercutt Collection
Ranked #5 of 554 things to do in Los Angeles
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Fee: No
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: The Grand Salon showcases cars of the 1910s to 1930s. There are also collections of furniture, dolls, timepieces and one of the world's finest collections of mechanical musical instruments.
Los Angeles, California, United States
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43 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
“Beautiful”
Reviewed 3 July 2014

Admission is free! The cars, trailers, fire truck and memorabilia are great. There's lots to see in the way of vintage cars and musical instruments. Be sure to make a reservation for one of the two guided tours. Otherwise, you see the cars and the train. A nice afternoon.

Visited July 2014
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South Kingstown, Rhode Island
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“WOW!!”
Reviewed 1 July 2014

Jaw dropping display of over 200 classic, original, detailed cars. The staff is amazingly friendly and knowledgable. The 2 hour tour is good for your eyes, ears and pockets. The wonderful Nethercutt family provides all of this enjoyment for free! A true must-see experience!

Visited June 2014
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Los Angeles
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
“If you like cars or music, this is a hidden treasure”
Reviewed 27 June 2014

This is one of those places that slips under the radar even when you live relatively nearby for a long time. The cars here are amazing, but I was most impressed by the collection of one-of-a-kind musical instruments and orchestrions. If you don't know what those are, you should if you have any interest in music history. These are fascinating, as is the Wurlitzer pipe organ. All are working instruments and hearing them played was awesome. They also play old phonographs, disc and cylinder players and a host of other musical devices.

The guides/curators are excellent- both engaging and informative. It did take a couple of weeks for me to book a spot, so you might want to book early if you want the guided tour, though you can visit part of the museum without guides.

The most amazing part about this is the cost. It's free. Yep. Free.

Visited June 2014
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Aptos, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 154 helpful votes
“A Must Stop if you like Old Cars (pre WWII)”
Reviewed 21 June 2014

There are two parts to see the museum & collection. Both are free, but the "collection" is seen only by tour, which typically only takes place once a week on Saturday.

The museum, on one side of the street in an industrial area near San Fernando, has a large collection of restored (beautifully, perfectly restored). There are so many cars here, it is overwhelming. There are makes I've never heard of on display (such the Diana model from Moon).

The museum is worth seeing on its own if you like old cars, but you don't want to miss the collection so make a reservation in advance and plan your trip around it. It will take 2 to 3 hours. You'll see more cars, some of the best of the collection, but you'll see other parts of the collection. Most importantly, not only see but also hear. There are lots of musical machines, and they work and they're played.

The two curators leading the tour were wonderful, friendly, and perfectly informed.

Visited June 2014
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
“The best deal in Southern California”
Reviewed 19 June 2014

Where else can you go and see hundreds of perfectly restored automobiles plus lots of other amazing objects, and not spend a dime? This place is known for perfectly restored vintage vehicles, and it doesn't disappoint. But there is lots more to see in addition, including an unbelievable pipe organ, huge music machines, a vintage locomotive and many other rare objects.
There is a 2 hour walking tour, led by very dedicated tour guides, who are willing to answer all your questions. Photography is allowed, but no flash. It's very handicapped accessible, and the guides are extra helpful assisting you to the elevator. Admission and tour are free, but reservations are required. Do not miss this special place.

Visited August 2013
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