Larz Anderson Auto Museum

Basic Information

Address: 15 Newton St Brookline, MA 02445
Phone Number: 617 522 6547 ext 21

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Days and Hours: Tours and Educational Program Days/Hours: Tuesday-Friday 10am-5pm, Regular Days/Hours: Tuesday-Sunday 10am-4pm
Description:

The Larz Anderson Auto Museum is home to “America’s oldest car collection.” For over 75 years the Larz Anderson Auto Museum has been supporting the community through a variety of educational programs, exhibits, and lectures.

Today the Museum’s primary goal is its continued support of the community through educational outreach and the preservation of our permanent collection of early automobiles. The Larz Anderson Auto Museum hopes to serve as a resource for your automotive and cultural interests.

Grade Levels:
Pre-K
K-5
6-8
9-12
Group Type: The Museum caters to groups from the preschool to the elderly
Disabled Access:

The Museum is handicap accessible.

Program Type:

 

The Larz Anderson Auto Museum provides an exciting educational experience for adults and children alike.  Through text, video, and original artifacts, the Museum is able to provide an understanding of the automobile age and how it has changed our society.

The Museum offers unique guided tours and lesson plans for various age groups. Along with tours, the Museum also offers fun and informational adult and children’s programming and events.

 

 School Tours and Educational Programming:

 

The Larz Anderson Auto Museum is a wonderful resource for bringing the classroom to life! Our Automotive Exhibits provide fascinating stories of the far-reaching changes the automobile has provided modern society.  From rich man’s toy to everyday necessity, the rise of suburban culture, changing patterns in courtship — the automobile has changed our everyday practices.  These topics are explored in depth through text, video, and historic artifacts.

Along with our regular eudcational programming the Museum has prepared 16 grade level lessons on the automobile and its impact on society. Along with these lessons the Museum also has many different automotive programs for ages preschool to high school.

The 16 grade level lessons have been tailored to fit the Massachusetts Learning Standards.

Cannot come to the Museum? Inquire about our Educational Outreach program; let a Museum educator come to your school!

Just interested in a tour? Tours are available year-round Tuesday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.  Groups of 10 or more are eligible for discount admission rates.  Tours can range from 45 minutes to 1 hour and 30 minutes.  Each tour includes a guided tour of current exhibits, an in-depth look at our permanent collection, and the history behind the Museum.

 

 

Admission/Tickets: $4.00 per child for tours and $6.00 per child for educational program. Teachers are FREE. For every 10 kids you receive 2 free chaperone's
Food: Food is offsite
Length of Visit: Hour to an Hour and a 1/2 depending on tour and program, negotiable.
Max. Group Number: Negotiable
Exhibits: First Floor: http://larzanderson.org/visit/exhibits/britain-can-make-it/ Second Floor: Home to Americas Oldest Car Collection, cars ranging from our 1899 Winton to a 1926 Lincoln Anderson Exhibit: Explains the lives and property of the Museums founders, Larz and Isabel Anderson.
Reservations Needed: Please email at least a week before your intended visit.
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Mission Statement:

The Larz Anderson Auto Museum is home to "America's oldest car collection." For over 75 years the Larz Anderson Auto Museum has been supporting the community through a variety of educational programs, exhibits, and lectures.

Today the Museum's primary goal is its continued support of the community through educational outreach and the preservation of our permanent collection of early automobiles. The Larz Anderson Auto Museum hopes to serve as a resource for your automotive and cultural interests.

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Testimonials:

"I meant to write you right after our awesome field trip! You were terrific and clearly gifted in working with children. It was a delight to have you as our tour guide and the cars were awesome. I'm happy to report that the students did extremely well on their test on automobiles due in a large part to being able to actually see examples of the evolution of the automobile. Thank you also for the incredible book. It will be a much valued classroom resource. Thanks so much!" - Beth Papia, Salem Christian School

Facility History:

The Larz Anderson Auto Museum is located in the original Anderson Carriage House located on the grounds of Anderson estate, now Larz Anderson Park, in Brookline, Massachusetts.  The Carriage House was constructed in 1888 and was inspired by the French Chateau “Chateau de Chaumont-Sur-Loire.”

Today it is on the National Register of Historical Places and considered a landmark within the greater and collector car communities.  The building was constructed to house a working stable, and later, the routine maintenance of the Andersons’ growing car collection.

After the death of Isabel Anderson, the collection was entrusted to the Veteran Motor Car Club of America, which first opened the Carriage House as a museum in 1949.  Today we continue this tradition by offering new exhibits, educational forums and an archive of early automotive material housed in the Joseph S. Freeman Research Library, and offering lawn events throughout the year.