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“Luxury Cars of the Past”
Review of Franklin Museum

Franklin Museum
Ranked #26 of 282 things to do in Tucson
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: 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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
“Luxury Cars of the Past”
Reviewed 15 May 2014

Luxury car museum only by appt during its few open hours. Cars with rumple seats magnificently restored! Plenty of parking. Tour guide very pleasant and knows everything about these Franklin cars.

Visited March 2014
Thank almaanne
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Bath, UK
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72 reviews
16 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 62 helpful votes
“Hidden gem”
Reviewed 14 May 2014 via mobile

A delightful surprise to find such an interesting car museum staffed by friendly and knowledgeable people. Cars plus aviation engines on display. As we are from UK we had not previously heard of a Franklin cars. Bought a t-shirt with a classic car on the back. Open Oct - Memorial Day (May) so just caught it in time.

Visited May 2014
1 Thank jcpilgrims
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Green Valley, Arizona
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367 reviews
103 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 191 helpful votes
“Well worth the visit to this interesting Car Collection”
Reviewed 1 May 2014

This little museum will not disappoint. The tour is of Franklin automobiles in three different buildings on the museum grounds. You start with a video explaining Franklin cars and a bit of the foundation to which the collection belongs. There is staff there to answer any questions and will show visitors what's under the hood when asked. Plan to spend at least an hour and half viewing this collection of unique automobiles.

Visited May 2014
3 Thank Phil S
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Tucson, Arizona
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87 reviews
32 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
“A Great Place to Visit”
Reviewed 15 April 2014

A wonderful historic car museum. The cars are so well exhibited and in such great shape. A real piece of automotive history.

Visited May 2013
1 Thank jmaccine
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Ruidoso, New Mexico
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25 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
“What a Blooming Surprise in the Desert”
Reviewed 13 April 2014

We LOVED the Franklin Museum and everything about it. THe getting there was fun, a gravel road (briefly) in beautiful adobe desert area. Our guide, who quite obviously loves those cars, was a fount of information about the Franklins and the late Mr, Hubbard, whose legacy this museum is.

Sparkly clean old Franklins, impeccably kept and restored, interior and exterior, lovingly housed in a huge beautiful garage. We own a Franklin and were pleased to learn so much about them from a guide who has loved, driven and worked on them much of his life.

So much history and great stories about not only the cars but Mr. Hubbard and his friendship with Mr. Harrah.

Go there!

Visited April 2014
1 Thank B B
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