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A Virtual Car Museum Tour Is the Ultimate Quarantine Activity for Car Lovers

The Coronavirus has shut down several plants across the world, and many people are now stuck at home. That doesn’t mean that you have to be bored, however. If you’re looking for something interesting to do now that you can’t go watch NASCAR live in person, check out some of these virtual tours of car museums. 

The National Motor Museum

The U.S. may have shut down international flights, but you can still take a quick trip to the Australian National Motor Museum. It has some very rare cars that can’t be found in any other museum. 

Some of the vehicles include a Zeta Runabout sedan, a Lincoln, and a Holden HT Monaro 350 GTS. There is even one vehicle that was used in Mad Max Beyond ThunderDome. It was a 1984 Bigfoot 4X4.

There is no commentary on the tour. That being said, the videographer often stops in front of displays. If you pause your video, you can read some of the info listed. The video is 17 minutes long.

The Academy of Art University Automobile Museum

This museum is in San Francisco, CA, so it’s a cool place to stop while going on a cross-country road trip once traveling is allowed once more. It doesn’t feature as many cars as the National Motor Museum, but some of the cars there are definitely worth checking out. There is a Tucker there that was the third off the assembly line. There is also a Mercedes 300 SL. The video lasts about 6 minutes long and ends with the host actually taking one the cars for a ride.

The National Corvette Museum

Fans of the Chevy Corvette who are interested in its history will love this one. The video quality isn’t that great, and the videographer never stops at displays long enough to read anything about the vehicle, but there are still some really great videos of the Corvettes.

The oldest is from 1958, and there seems to be at least one Corvette from each year. One was actually used in a crash test. There is also a picture of a Corvette made up of thousands of pictures of other Corvettes. The video is about 10 minutes long. 

The Petersen Automotive Museum

Since the Petersen Museum had to shut down due to the coronavirus, they were kind enough to launch this virtual tour, and it’s one of the more high-quality tours on this list. It lasts about 6 minutes and is filled with lots of information. 

Some of the vehicles featured include a 1947 Cisitalia 202 Coupe, a 1966 Interstate Mark II, a 1963 Chevy Impala, and a 1955 Mercury D-528 Concept. Many of the models featured have unique paint jobs. 

The Lingenfelter Collection

While this isn’t exactly a museum, Ken Lingenfelter’s collection of cars is incredible. He allowed a crew to come in and film a tour of his collection. This tour lasts about 25 minutes and shows some of the rarest cars in the world such as the entire history of the Corvette, a whole range of Lamborghini, and several Ferraris just to name a few. 

The Brussels AutoWorld Museum

Brussels may seem like the last place in the world to have a car museum, but it has one that is both modern and stunning. Focusing on vehicles from America and Europe, the collection features cars mainly produced from the late 19th century until the 1970s. Some of the vehicles on display include a 1930 Cord, a 1928 Bentley, and a 1930 Bugatti.

The Henry Ford Museum

No list of car museums would be complete without mentioning the Henry Ford Museum. Rather than focusing solely on Ford vehicles, it is filled with planes, trains, and all sorts of automobiles. There are even stagecoaches, though there are no horses to pull them. The video tour isn’t exactly high quality, but it has plenty of great shots.