The Blackhawk Museums (founded in 1988) are a group of museums based in Danville, California, which are known for their significant classical, rare and unusual collection of cars. The museum is a private operating entity with no income.
The museum includes about 90 classic cars. There is also a view of the work of the Wheelchair Foundation. The facility is situated within the shopping center of Blackhawk Plaza and is an affiliate of Smithsonian Affiliations. The Blackhawk Automotive Museum was established by a collaboration between benefactor Ken Behring and Don Williams, which began in 1982. The museum was created to ensure the display of significant automotive artifacts for public enjoyment and education.
The construction of the auto-museum is the responsibility of Hacienda-based architect Doug Dahlin. One of the most unusual features of the museum is the 1924 Hispano-Suiza H6C with a tulipwood paneled shell. Over the years a John F. Kennedy Limousine and a Chinese Hongqi, the first Chinese-made vehicle to be imported into the United States, have also accommodated the museum. The various galleries and reception areas of the museum have housed several changing exhibitions representing transport, culture and science topics related to our society.
The museum organizes the local Elegance Competition, which shows some of the museum's collections amongst the regular entrants. A permanent display of North American artifacts, the Spirit of Old West, was added to the Blackhawk Museum in February 2015, which displayed both settlers and native American history of the European colonization of North America in the 1800s.
The Blackhawk Museum has displayed classic cars and various exhibits exemplifying technology, engineering and culture since its opening in August 1988. Local students, residents and international visitors enjoy educational seminars, cultural activities, and opportunities for volunteers.
Since the beginning, the Automotive Gallery has been home to over 55 antique, modern, unique and sports cars. Such vehicles are considered to be works of art, ranging from the beginning of the engine era to the 1960s. In 2015, The Spirit of the Old West opened a new exhibition that tells the story of the Western Frontier from the point of view of both Americans and colonists before, during and after western expansion.
This exhibition presents authentic objects from the time, a large diorama depicting important historic moments, scenes from the frontier wildlife and other elements that give life to the past.
This amazing museum is located near the following museums in Danville, California:
All of these wonderful museums are located just a short distance from our location on Blackhawk Plaza Circle, Robert Arnone CPA.