Museums & Partners

The La Jolla Concours d’Elegance is very excited to present our museum partnerships with Los Angeles’ Petersen Automotive Museum, the San Diego Automotive Museum, the San Diego Air & Space Museum, Allen Airways Flying Museum and the Mullin Automotive Museum. To learn more click on the logos below.

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Lyon Air Museum

Founded by Major General William Lyon, Lyon Air Museum is located on the west side of John Wayne Airport in Orange County, California. Lyon Air Museum is collocated with Martin Aviation, an award winning jet, turbo-prop and piston-powered aircraft repair facility established in 1923 by famed aviation pioneer Eddie Martin.
The Lyon Air Museum exhibit is comprised of authentic aircraft, rare vehicles and related memorabilia, with emphasis on the defining event of the 20th century – World War II. Through captivating and thought provoking exhibits based in historical scholarship, visitors gain a better understanding of the important role the United States plays in shaping world history.

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Petersen Automotive Museum

A large part of the museum’s focus is to collect and preserve historic vehicles, and a great deal of importance was placed from day one on acquiring a great number of significant vehicles of all shapes, sizes,
makes, models, and purposes. The two unique features that separate the Petersen Automotive Museum from other automotive museums are the Streetscape diorama and the rotating exhibit spaces. To keep the museum fresh, relevant, and to keep visitors coming back, it was decided from the beginning not to display the entire museum collection at once. In the 300,000 square feet that comprise the Petersen Automotive Museum, only about 150 vehicles are on display at any one time. The exclusivity of this museum aligns perfectly with the vision of the La Jolla Concours d’Elegance. Each year we work with the Petersen Automotive Museum to bring down special vehicles to display at the La Jolla Cove for all to enjoy.

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San Diego Automotive Museum

In 1980, the San Diego Automotive Museum was granted a long term lease to use one of the historic buildings of Balboa Park to showcase rare and unique cars. After 8 years of renovation and upgrades and a price tag of $1 million, the museum opened its doors to car enthusiasts in December of 1988. The La Jolla Concours d’Elegance is proud to partner with the San Diego Automotive Museum as they are a highlight on our annual Motor Tour where they open their doors early to provide us with an exclusive view of exquisite vehicles.

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San Diego Air & Space Museum

Aviation history is truly a remarkable story, and it all unfolds at the San Diego Air & Space Museum. As the museum has grown in membership and attendance each year, its holdings, exhibits, and other programs have also increased. In the collection are tens of thousands of books, aircraft and equipment manuals, personal and organizational papers, and more than 2 million images and videos of importance to aviation history. Because of San Diego’s contributions to aviation and aerospace history and technology, it is only fitting that the museum is now recognized as one of the country’s premier aerospace museums. The La Jolla Concours d’Elegance applauds the vehicles of the sky as we partner with the San Diego Air & Space Museum for the annual flyover during the show at the La Jolla Cove.

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Allen Airways Flying Museum

Allen Airways Flying Museum was started officially in the 1980s by Willis M. Allen, Jr. Today the diverse collection contains over 10,000 items, including a significant library, aviation and aviation movie posters, head gear, propellers, collections pertaining to historic individuals, aviation art, airplanes, and automobilia. The museum aircraft collection includes the following: a 1929 Boeing F4B-1 Navy Fighter, a 1930 Stearman C3R, and a 1940 RYAN Sport Trainer Military (STM-2). The mission of the museum is multi-faceted in that the collections have been put together due to opportunities to acquire significant material that otherwise might never have been preserved in one location. The aircraft represents another series of opportunities involving many interesting people spanning several countries around the world. However, the most significant aspect of the mission is the desire to share this material with other museums, authors, artists, aviation organizations, and those individuals who express a passionate interest in aviation history.

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Mullin Automotive Museum

Designed by The Scenic Route, the distinctive interior and exhibit design of the 46,821 square foot Mullin Museum employs elements that reference the past as well as the present.

The Museum evokes the prewar salons of the Grand Palais in Paris. With its open plan, the Museum invites visitors to explore the collections up close. The vehicles, works of art, artifacts, and furnishings are easily accessible so that every luscious detail can be appreciated. The Scenic Route has woven an atmospheric narrative that carries visitors from the era of luxury, daring races, and inspired creations to today’s accomplished designers and engineers.

Peter Mullin established the Mullin Automotive Museum as a tribute to French automotive styling and the decorative arts that influenced the genre. Mr. Mullin hopes that the museum will become an important platform for the study of automotive styling and design within the framework of twentieth-century European artistry.

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