Upcoming Exhibits & Events
Runs January 18 - March 30, 2014
Get revved up for our first exciting show of the year! January 18th through March 30th, The Murphy Auto Museum is celebrating Pickups & Station Wagons, some of the greatest contributions that Detroit gave the American motoring public. Pickup trucks and station wagons are uniquely American. No other country in the world has matched their appeal and utility. The Italians gave the world sexy sports cars; the Japanese, fuel efficient economy cars and the Germans, high performance and luxurious highway cruisers. But only America produced pickups and station wagons better than anybody else.
Don't miss the Car Spotlight in the main showroom, a totally cool 1952 Chevy Suburban Woody.
Exhibit Sponsored by Santa Paula Chevrolet
March 30, 2014
October 26, 2014
Come to The Murphy Auto Museum to buy those vintage items you thought you would never find. Vendors from around the area will be displaying their wares for you to admire and purchase. Donation is $10.00 which gets you into the vintage flea market, entrance into the main showroom filled with awesome cars for that quarter’s exhibit, and into the main showroom where you will see the best vintage car collection in the tri-counties. Can you have any more fun on a Sunday?
Flea Market hours for the February 16th Flea Market & Pickups & Station Wagons Car Show are 9am to 4pm. Flea Market hours for March 30 and October 26 are 8am to 2pm; museum hours on these special days are 8am till 4pm. Mark your calendar now for all these dates and we will see you there.
April 5 - June 29, 2014
June 28, 2014 OPEN HOUSE TRAILER SHOW IN THE PARKING LOT
April through June’s exhibit will take you to a unique destination; yesterday. At our museum, RV means Retro Vintage and we will have some of the rarest and coolest camping trailers you will see assembled in one place. We call it Glamping. If you are not familiar with the vernacular, it is GLAMarous camPING. But don’t take our word for it. Come out and see for yourself our first class selection of unique and rare trailers and camping memorabilia.
We’ll also have a few new ones on display so you can see how serious this love affair really is. Our signature event will be on June 28th in the parking lot. We will have two dozen beautiful trailers for you to view along with their owners and in most cases, the vintage cars that tow them. Donation is $10.00 which gets you into the parking lot Open House and entrance into the museum filled with Glamping. Plus, our display of vintage cars.Exhibit Sponsored by The Recreation Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA)
May 11, 2014
We love Mom. What special treat do you have planned for her this year? (PSSSST-bring Mom to The Murphy on this day and we will give her a red rose and let her in for free). After all, everyone knows Mom means Mom Overjoyed @ The Murphy.
Doesn’t every Mom want to spend time with her family in a place where there is something for everyone? You know, cars for the Dad, tri-counties largest train layout for the Kids and, during this month, a Glamping exhibit for Mom to enjoy. She’ll be thanking you for months to come and probably make your favorite meal that night. Gee, thanks Mom.
May 30, 2014
June 27, 2014
July 25, 2014
August 29, 2014
It’s summertime and you are stuck in town but you want to go out and do something fun. I know! Let’s go to Movies at The Murphy!
Bring the family on select Friday nights during the summer and enjoy an outdoor movie. We’ll supply the movie and the popcorn; you supply your own chair and blankets. Donation is $10.00 for adults; kids 12 and under get in free. Come on down to see the movie, cars inside the museum and the massive train display. Something for everyone! Movies will be G or PG or non rated for 1950’s movies.
June 15, 2014
We love Dad. What special treat do you have planned for him this year? Not another tie or a jar of mixed nuts! In the old days, you could ask him to give you some money and you would go to the store and buy him a pack of smokes and say “Happy Father’s Day, Dad!” Everyone was happy. Dad is onto you these days. That trick won’t work anymore plus, today’s dad probably doesn’t smoke. So, get Dad and bring him to The Murphy.
We’ll let him in free as long as you’re coming with him and he will love looking at the Glamping exhibit with the cool trailers and cool vintage cars that pull them, plus all of the super cool vintage cars in the large showroom. Oh, and don’t forget to tell him we have a massive train display for his inner child.
July 5 - September 28, 2014
Come to The Murphy and enjoy walking around in our exhibit area and enjoying our Modernism Exhibit. We’ll have historically significant cars on display from this mid century era as well as contemporary furniture and displays. Our beautiful, restored and factory correct Studebaker Avanti; a few beautiful Lincoln’s from the late 1950’s; a Holiday House mobile mansion, the holy grail of contemporary design. Furniture and art will also be on display
October 5 - December 28, 2014
In the 1940’s, 1950’s and 1960’s, cars were big. Really big. Dashboards were made of metal with just a few soft surfaces, engines had very large cubic inch displacements and you could fit all of your friends comfortably into the car. Everyone was happy. Soaring gas prices and government mileage regulations meant automobile designers had to design cars with fuel efficient engines and make cars lighter and smaller to remove weight. How boring.
We’re celebrating Big American V8 Power. Come to The Murphy to view our exhibit featuring Packards, Lincolns, Chryslers and Cadillacs in GIANT proportions. We’ll give you the stats on length, weight and mpg’s which will make you feel a lot better about what you are driving, although not anywhere near as cool or fun.