The Larz Anderson Auto Museum in Brookline is home to America’s oldest car collection. The museum was the idea of Larz and Isabel Anderson, a wealthy Brookline couple who embarked on a life of political service and philanthropy. In the late 1890s the Andersons would open the doors to their carriage house in Brookline to share their collection of American and European vehicles with the public.
The first vehicle the Andersons purchased was an 1899 Winton 4-hp Runabout. This vehicle is still on permanent display in the Museum. The Andersons purchased an automobile almost every year, acquiring a total of 32 brand new cars during their lives. Fourteen of these vehicles and many of the Andersons original horse drawn carriages are on display as part of the permanent collection.
The carriage house where the Museum is located was constructed in 1888. It was inspired by the Chateau de Chaumont-Sur-Loire in France and designed by Edmund M. Wheelwright, a well-known Boston Architect. Today the Carriage House is on the National Register of Historic Places. A visit to the Museum not only includes the vehicles on display but the historic Carriage House as well as the beautifully landscaped grounds.
The Larz Anderson Auto Museum is located in a beautiful old carriage house on the South Eastern edge of Larz Anderson park, right on the edge of the Brookline/Jamaica Plain line. The museum hosts a variety of activities all year long, in coordination with the park, as well as displaying some of America’s oldest vehicles. Their current exhibition explores innovation in the car industry, “from the steam age to our age”.
About the Larz Anderson Auto Museum
According to their website, “The Larz Anderson Auto Museum is home to “America’s Oldest Car Collection”. For over 85 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.”
Hours of Operation:
The Museum is open Tuesday through Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m and closed on Mondays. They are closed on most major holidays. Please check their home page for the most up-to-date information regarding hours and early closings.