I never really understood people’s fascination with cars until I visited the Nethercutt Museum in Sylmar, California. The first car you see looks like it is on loan from some other planet, and it just gets better from there.
Nethercutt Museum houses nice cars, and by nice I mean some of the most beautiful cars I have ever seen! However, cars are not the only dazzlers here. They have a restored 1912 Pullman Palace Railcar, the California, once owned by Lucky Baldwin’s eldest daughter, Clara, and classic musical instruments which periodically start to play on display as well.
My husband and I wandered up and down the aisles of exquisitely restored cars where I announced at each, “This one is my favorite.” He supportively made a noise to let me know he heard me as I pranced onward to my next “favorite” car (I wonder if all husbands learn that wife acknowledgement sound upon saying “I do”?). Being a lover of all things space related, he chose the extraterrestrial car we saw first as his favorite. I think that was mine too, or was it the next one?
The Nethercutt Collection is housed in two buildings. The building across the street from where we were houses their massive organ. This is also where they have their movie nights and Christmas concerts. The upcoming movie screening is scheduled to show the original Phantom of the Opera. How fun is that?
The Nethercutt Museum is family owned and operated. J.B. Nethercutt, nephew of the founder of Merle Norman Cosmetics, and his wife, Dorothy, built the museum for the sole purpose of sharing their treasures with the public. His son, Jack Nethercutt, along with his wife, Helen, now carry on the work his parents started. There is no entrance fee to the museum, the concerts, or the movie screenings. This kind of generosity is rarely found in today’s economy. The staff is friendly and informative. There is a tour available and reservations for that are recommended. Note: there are not many food places nearby so don’t go hungry and, except for bottled water, no drinks are allowed inside the museum. Go and enjoy…maybe I will see you at one of their events.