Automotive aficionados, especially those of the classic car persuasion, can flock to Blackhawk Museum in Danville, Calif., for a real treat. Blackhawk has two auto galleries displaying more than 90 historically significant automobiles in a building that competes with its contents. The 70,000-square-foot structure has a 69-foot-tall atrium lobby that incorporates black, ruby and pink polished Italian granite, copper-hued German skylights and glass. Top that off with 40-foot-tall columns of brushed stainless steel and you have one stunning entrance. The elegance of the building serves to heighten the artistic presentation of the classic cars contained within its walls.
The museum’s cars, or “rolling sculptures” as Blackhawk calls them, are displayed like works of art. The walls are black, the gallery floors are highly polished black granite and stage lighting dramatizes each car. It is an impressive display guaranteed to delight visitors of all ages.
Classic cars in the collection include a 1933 Pierce-Arrow Silver Arrow shown at the 1933 Chicago World’s Fair and the only 1938 Bugatti Type 57SC Vanden Plas Tourer ever built. And don’t miss the 1926 Daimler with boa constrictor-shaped horns where the snake’s tongue projects when the horn blows. It was owned by the Gulah Singh Maharajah of Rewa of India and built for hunting.
The museum is open Wednesday through Sunday and admission is $10.
For more information, call 925-736-2280 or visit www.blackhawkmuseum.org.