The Murphy Auto Museum is located in Oxnard, California and is worth visiting while in the area. The museum was founded by Dr. Daniel Murphy, a retired neurosurgeon, in 2000. Dr. Murphy had kept his own large Packard collection inside the building, however, when others started asking him about storing their own cars with his, he founded the Museum.
David Neel, a car enthusiast and business owner took over ownership in 2014. The cars on display continuously rotate so every visit is a different experience for visitors.
Every year they have different exhibits and events for the community to enjoy. Their Annual Vintage Trailer Show is among their biggest and most popular local events. Visitors can look at more than 40 vintage trailers. In addition, visitors can see the largest H/O scale train layout that will absolutely delight vintage train and car enthusiasts alike.
The annual event also offers a display of more than 90 vintage cars for viewing. The entire layout and atmosphere is old-school with all the correct era memorabilia to enhance the entire experience.
A more recent annual event they started is a Garage Sale. Others donate items and the community comes to shop away with all proceeds going to The Murphy Auto Museum. It’s been a big fundraiser for the Museum for the 2 years it has taken place. The majority of items at the 2018 event was railroad and car items with some vintage items and memorabilia fit for a man-cave mixed in.
In October of 2018 the Museum had a Memorial Car Rally in honor of Cory Iverson, a fallen firefighter. Participants of the rally enjoyed a beautiful drive through the backcountry of Ventura County with games and scavenger hunts along the way. The rally ended with a party and the results of the event included 27 total cars in the rally and $10,000 raised to benefit IFAA charity and the Museum.
The permanent collection at the Murphy Auto Museum includes a variety of vintage automobiles including a 1930 Willys Knight 70B Sedan, 1936 Tralette, 1955 Bentley R Type, 1964 Ford Mustang Convertible, 1974 Datsun 260Z and a 1981 Excalibur, among many others.
The Museum is open year round on Saturday and Sunday, and also Memorial Day through Labor Day on Fridays. Last admission is 3:00pm. Group tours are allowed by appointment during the week as well. Kids under 12 have free admission, annual membership holders also get free admission, and active military also receive free admission with ID or if in uniform.
The Murphy Auto Museum
1930 Eastman Ave, Oxnard, CA 93030