We Angelinos love our cars, and this is one of the best car museums in the world. (Autoweek Magazine said so, and who are we to disagree?) Housing everything from a stunning 1933 Dusenberg (costing $20,000 when it was NEW) to a vintage 1947 Ford Woody to a tricked-out 1979 Lincoln lowrider, there’s a lot to love. Each car is kept in working order and gets driven regularly – out on the Los Angeles freeways. Even the Dusey!
Some of the fanciest cars are shown off to best advantage in an opulent replica of a high-end showroom from the 1920s, complete with marble columns and glittering chandeliers.
The collection also has an extensive collection of automotive memorabilia, such as hood ornaments. The glass ones by Lalique are especially beautiful – but I can’t imagine driving about with one sitting on my car! There is also a small collection of elegant dolls, sculptures, and antique furniture.
The top floor contains an amazing collection of automated musical instruments. Each one is completely mechanical, from the days before digital anything. They are physically beautiful (some are enormous) and the music they make is absolutely magical.
The combination of cars and musical instruments is a bit odd, to be sure, but it makes for a very interesting day out!
NOTE: The Nethercutt Collection is free but you must have reservations (and they do fill up so plan ahead). The Nethercutt Museum is across the street and free to walk in without a reservation. Be sure to see both!