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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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A little hard to find but definitely worth the effort if you love cars. The volunteers are knowledgable and their love of the collection is contagious. Lots of fun for car... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
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Seattle
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30 reviews
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

A little hard to find but definitely worth the effort if you love cars. The volunteers are knowledgable and their love of the collection is contagious. Lots of fun for car enthusiasts! Most wives stay back in town.

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Springfield, Missouri
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34 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Knew nothing about the Franklin automobile but being an antique car buff I couldn't pass up a trip to this museum. Yes it is a bit tricky to locate being in an residential type area but well worth the effort. Senior entry fee is $8, otherwise it is $10 per person. A volunteer met us in the drive way and... More 

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Tucson, Arizona
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12 reviews
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

If you're as much of a car nut as I am, this is the go-to place for history. Very few people know that one of the largest collection of Franklin automobiles is right here in Tucson! Visit, donate to the cause, and enjoy looking around the expansive museum. Warning...this is a seasonal attraction, so call ahead for reservations. I have... More 

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36 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Great museum, little out of the way and difficult to find, but worth the visit if you like antique Franklin Vehicles as this is one of the largest collections in the nation. Caretaker is friendly and is happy to answer all your questions, and he is knowledgeable. The museum is in more than one building, and photos are permitted. You... More 

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Des Moines, Iowa
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 71 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Let me start by saying that we are NOT car people but we really enjoyed this look at quite a few old Franklin cars that had been lovingly restored. This began as the collection of one individual but, when he died, he left a trust fund to continue his collection. Our guide was a wealth of knowledge and spent lots... More 

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Hong Kong, China
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7 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

If you are car lovers this is the place for you. My father in law was super happy, all of us are very impressed. The guide was really wonderful, friendly and knowledgeable, we learnt a lot from him ♥ Thank you so much. Although the entrance was a bit difficult to find, they just put a small sign on ground... More 

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Tucson, Arizona
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Reviewed 18 March 2017

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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Reviewed 18 March 2017

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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41 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 7 March 2017

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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42 reviews
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Reviewed 4 March 2017

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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