non-profit Murphy Auto Museum is a new collection of over 40 cars
displayed by many collectors from the tri-county area. It houses a wide
variety of classic, milestone and special interest vehicles, including
a collection of Packards from 1941-1956.
great cars have been tucked away in garages throughout the area. These
cars seldom see the light of day and are, therefore, infrequently seen
by admirers. When Dan Murphy retired from his neurosurgery practice in
Ventura, he set about to form a non-profit museum that would be
frequently open to the public and house many of these great cars.
Collectors were notified by word-of-mouth and extensive advertising
until a significant group of vehicles was assembled. Several locations
were considered until the Palma Drive property was found. The building
was new construction in a secure neighborhood with sufficient space to
hold a large collection. The museum opened on August 2, 2002. That
property proved to be a wonderful place to launch the museum but was
deficient in two important areas - visibility and cost.
The location at 2230 Statham Blvd. in Oxnard is easily found and spacious. We have 16000 sq. ft., including an "old car showroom" area in front. Because of the assistance of Holley Gene Leffler, the museum now has an
extensive vintage clothing display representing all decades from the
1890s to the 1970s.
The Gold Coast Modular Railroad Club has its model railroad train layout in operation most weekends in the museum. With the exception when it travels to the annual Ventura County Fair at the Hobbies and Collections building.
The museum auto collection continues to vary as we add new collectors
to our family of supporters.
The museum is open every Saturday and Sunday from 10 am- 4 pm to serve
locals and tourists. Arrangements can be made by private
parties and tours for automotive clubs, assisted living centers, and
school groups for weekdays and afterhours.
Check us out in this interview with a reporter:
Our museum entrance.
Vintage Clothing and Vintage gasoline pumps.
Don't you wish gas was 26 cents a gallon again?
Memberships and Donations
We offer an individual annual membership for a fee of $25, entitling you to unlimited visits. We also have Family, Supporting Business and Club memberships.
Murphy Auto Museum relies solely upon support from many fans of the old
car hobby since it does not have backing from major donors. The Museum also accepts vehicle donations in the form of a tax-deductable donation as the museum is
a 501(c)(3) non-profit private operating foundation. We have received
several auto donations to date and have two independent appraisers to
Please contact us by phone at:
tel. 805-487-4333, or email:
murphyautomuseum @ gmail.com
*******If you are interested in becoming a docent, please inquire at the museum.*******