Dedicated to the preservation of collectible & rare automobiles for educational purposes.
Created in 2005, the Martin Auto Museum is the brainchild of owner and founder Mel Martin. Mel saw a need to share a collection of vehicles that represent significant periods in automotive history.
After 12 years of operation, Mel had more vehicles in storage than he did in the museum! It was time to move to a bigger building. In March of 2022, the new and improved Martin Auto Museum and Event Center opened on the northwest corner of 43rd Avenue and Thunderbird Road.
The museum features over 140 vehicles, including classic cars, hot rods, customs, imports, and much more.
It also has one of the largest collections of auto memorabilia, antique gas pumps, and signage anywhere.
Kids can enjoy the carousel, or our variety of driving and racing games.
Our guides and volunteers are experts on every piece in the museum!
As a 501(c)(3), we ask for a $10 donation from our guests. Children under 12 are admitted for free!
We accept cash, credit card, and check!
Call us with any questions you may have at 602.298.2377
Meet the Founder, Mel Martin
Mel Martin moved to Arizona when he was only 16 years old and then started his very own auto-repair garage in Mayer the very next year. From there, Mel moved to Phoenix, where he opened another garage and started a towing business.
Mel not only has a love for cars, he is an expert mechanic who could fix any of the cars in the museum blindfolded. Over the years, Mel's love of cars led to a substantial collection and after the years of joy they brought him, he decided to give back to the Valley and open the Martin Auto Museum.
And it is here that Mel wishes to pass down his sizable amount of knowledge to the generations that follow. We, at the Martin Auto Museum, thank him for his enormous contribution to all.