I don’t think I’m really a car aficionado, but I thoroughly enjoyed visiting the Nethercutt Collection, an antique cars and musical instruments museum. That combination sounds a little unusual, doesn’t it?
It’s located in Sylmar, which is under an hour’s drive north of Los Angeles. I’ve never been to Sylmar before, and actually, I’m not really sure if there’s much else to the city other than this spectacular museum. In order to visit, you must call ahead and reserve a spot for one of their scheduled tours as there is a limit to how many people they can take for each tour. Check their website for information and times. Best of all, it’s FREE! There is free parking as well, without all the hassle and crowds of Los Angeles.
There are two sides to the museum. One side is the guided tour through the Nethercutt Collection and ends with a grand display of the Wurlitzer Theater pipe organ in the music room. The other side is the museum of more antique vehicles which you can browse through at your leisure.
The first room we entered had some very nice cars on display, but the next room our guide took us to was absolutely stunning. It was amazing that they allowed the visitors to stand right next to the polished cars and peek in and take pictures. If I owned just one of those cars, I’d be fearful of getting scratches on it!
I loved looking at the details on the vehicles and the intricate, finely crafted hood ornaments and head lamps.
I’ll take one of these Thunderbirds, please.
Scattered throughout the tour were antique mechanical musical instruments which were also quite interesting. We ended the tour with a beautiful performance in the theater, watching the light show and listening to the Wurlitzer pipe organ.