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Classic Car Museum


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Classic Car Museum


A Destination

Over 100 classic cars, but not just cars..

Our collection encompasses a range of interests including an extensive collection of petrol memorabilia - enamel signs, pumps, tins and oil bottles. There is something Classic for the whole family, we cater for a wide range of interests with vintage toys, pedal cars and scenes from early New Zealand.

One of Hamilton's best attractions.

 

We are number two on Trip Advisors 'Things to do in Hamilton'! 

Venue hire

Hire Classics Museum for your next event. We have a number of options to suit your needs..

Upcoming events

The Classics Museum calendar is chock-a-full with events to suit people of all ages.

Past events

Check out photos from the various events we have had in the past.


Take a look around...


Keep up to date

We regularly change things around, have rotating exhibitions and hold exciting events. If you don't want to miss out..

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Jukebox Diner


The Jukebox Diner is onsite, a 1950s themed diner, entrance through 13 metre tall 50s replica Wurlitzer Jukebox.

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Jukebox Diner


The Jukebox Diner is onsite, a 1950s themed diner, entrance through 13 metre tall 50s replica Wurlitzer Jukebox.

The Jukebox Diner is onsite, a 1950s themed diner, entrance through 13 metre tall 50s replica Wurlitzer Jukebox, pictures of famous movie and rock n roll stars including Elvis and Abba. We also have some big statues including Elvis and Betty Boop. 

From cooked breakfasts to burgers and shakes, the Jukebox diner has everything to keep your tummy from rumbling.  The cabinet is kept well stocked Monday through Sunday with sandwiches, salads and other delicious treats.

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The Cars


Get a sneak peek inside

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The Cars


Get a sneak peek inside

cars

 

Right from 1918 to 1987

Belair, Auburn, Cadillac, all the classics.  We have restored a 1937 Bedford bus, once used to take local Hamilton children to school.  Watch out for a tiny three wheeled car called the Messerschmitt, immediately identifiable by it's transparent bubble canopy.

And our prized possession the 1937 Bugatti - currently under restoration.  The Bugatti is one of only three of its kind ever manufactured. Tom, the founder of the museum purchased the car in a French auction after the vehicle was found in a barn where it had been sitting for more than 40 years.  Follow the Bugatti journey here.

petrol memrobillia

signs, tins & more

This stuff holds just as much history as the cars themselves! You can notice developments in design and materials through the years. There's even a Big Tree garage complete with signs and tools. Big Tree was one of New Zealand's first petrol companies, bought out by Shell in the 1950s.

 The BP sign hanging from the roof, pride of place in the centre of the museum was found in the canals of Amsterdam along with 10 others. They had been there for 25 years, you can even see the water stain line. This sign is 60 years old.

motorbikes & Scooters

Something for the two wheel lovers

We have everything from vintage bicycles complete with wicker baskets, 1980s racing machines, to 40s cruisers - if two wheelers are your thing you won't be disappointed.

Come and check out our three Indian motorcycles ranging from 1929-41.  Impeccable design and engineering these bikes really are works of art. 

Our scooter collection features the Corgi which were designed to be dropped out of planes by army soldiers during World War II to support airborne troops.

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Admission


The Museum is open 7 days from 9AM  4PM with the last entry at 3.30PM

Public Holidays: 9AM – 3PM (both museum and Jukebox Diner)

If you are part of group and wish to visit us outside of these hours please get in contact and we will be able to accommodate you.

We recommend you allow 60-90 minutes to view the museum.

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Admission


The Museum is open 7 days from 9AM  4PM with the last entry at 3.30PM

Public Holidays: 9AM – 3PM (both museum and Jukebox Diner)

If you are part of group and wish to visit us outside of these hours please get in contact and we will be able to accommodate you.

We recommend you allow 60-90 minutes to view the museum.

Adults $20

Children  (5 – 14 years) $8

NZ Student $15

Senior Citizen (65 plus) $12

Under 5s FREE

 

FAMILY CONCESSIONS:

1 Adult & 2 Children $25
2 Adults & 1 Child $40
2 Adults & 2 Children $40
Extra Child $5

 

Groups of over 10 People $15