Sylmar, California: Nethercutt Collection - Rare Cars And Music MachinesJ. B. Nethercutt was the wealthy owner of Merle Norman Cosmetics. This elegant museum is encased in a windowless building in an industrial park. Exhibits include the first VW Beetle imported to the U.S. in 1946.
- 15151 Bledsoe St., Sylmar, CA
- I-5 exits 159 or 159A. East on Roxford St. for three blocks, turn right onto San Fernando Rd, then first left onto Bledsoe St. Museum is the tall, unmarked building on right.
- Tu-Sa 9-4:30 (Call to verify)
- RA Rates:
- Worth a Detour
Visitor Tips and News About Nethercutt Collection - Rare Cars And Music Machines
The Nethercutt Museum is spectacular! The museum is filled with gorgeous, extremely rare vintage cars restored to pristine condition.
Make sure you view the Nethercutt "Collection" as well -- this is where all the rare antique music machines are kept. These machines are extremely fascinating. To view the Collection you must take the 2-hour long guided tour, which is scheduled twice a day. Advance reservations are recommended for this tour.[Nikki Kreuzer, 02/24/2013]
The large music room contains several band organs, as well as the second-largest theatre pipe organ -- all meticulously cared for and in perfect working condition. Free concerts are given on the theatre organ by the world's best theatre organists. The car museum has many large "gangster cars" from the 1920's -- also free. Very worthwhile to see, better than LA's Peterson Car Museum, and a lot less expensive![Arthur Goulet, 08/17/2011]
Despite its industrial outward appearance, the glamorous Nethercutt Museum has a Grand Salon decorated with crystal chandeliers and marble columns. July 2012: photo added.
The Nethercutt Collection features rare collectibles ranging from mechanical musical instruments and antique furniture to the true heart of the collection: over 250 American and European automobiles dating from 1898 to 1997.
It's the Largest Collection of Concourse De Elegance winners in the world.
Museum, tour and concerts are free. Reservations are required for the tour and for the concerts. Concerts are on a 5000 pipe Wurlitzer Organ - and are sometimes used as accompaniments for silent movies. Large collection of hood ornaments and a beautifully restored 1937 Canadian Pacific Royal Hudson Locomotive And 1912 Pullman Private Car. Along with fully functional nickelodeons and orchestriums. All supported by a trust from Merle Norman Cosmetics.[Konrad R Summers, 06/05/2009]