The J.A. Cooley Museum, founded by Jim and Carmen Cooley in 1996, is the result of a lifetime spent preserving the remarkable history of the technology from the late eighteen hundreds to the early nineteen hundreds.
On display is San Diego's Best Collection of 100 Year Old Vehicles. With two dozen automobiles, dating from 1886 to 1933, feature exhibits include the first car from (Mercedes) Benz and the Buick XP 2000 - a concept car that features video conferencing and can travel up to 210 miles per hour!
In addition to the automobile collection the museum also boasts over 20 categories of antiques represented by collections such as model trains, spittoons, clocks, phonographs, and pianos, to name a few.
October 4, 2013
The J.A. Cooley Museum has started to publish a quarterly newsletter, releasing it's first edition this week. Copies can be obtained by visiting the museum or e-mailing us at email@example.com.
July 12, 2013
The J. A. Cooley Museum has officially launched it's Adopt-A-Sign Program. Please check out the Donations tab on the website to learn more about this new program and how you can help us share history!
June 17, 2013
Be sure to check out this month's University Heights Community Association Newsletter for a great spotlight article on both Frank the Trainman and The J.A. Cooley Museum. To read the article, the newsletter can be obtained at uhsd.org.
June 4, 2013
The J.A. Cooley Museum would like to send a big thank you to the San Diego Region Antique Automobile Club of America. Historian & Curator, Anita Cooley was the guest speaker at their monthly meeting, and had an enjoyable evening with the group.
April 18, 2013
J.A. Cooley Museum will be featured on this Friday's "The Talk of San Diego" Radio Show. Tune in to the show on Cox Cable Channel 23, Time Warner Channel 99, and AT&T U-Verse Channel 99. Or listen live on blogtalkradio.com at 2pm.
January 14, 2013
J.A. Cooley Museum featured on U-T TV this weekend!
Mark Maynard, of UT San Diego, visited the J.A. Cooley Museum last week, and will be featuring excerpts from his tour with Jim Cooley on this weekend's episode of Overdrive.
Check it out:
Saturday, January 19 at 10am
Sunday, January 20 at 10am
Cox 114 or AT&T U-Verse 1017HD
January 6, 2013
Hot Off The Press!!!
The J.A. Cooley Museum is proud to announce that it has recently published it's first piece of literature. The publication, entitled The Automobile Collection of the J.A. Cooley Museum, was a joint venture for Jim Cooley and his daughter Anita. The book features full color pictures of each vehicle currently on display at the museum, and offers stories from Jim Cooley regarding automotive history and personal anecdotes from various items in his collection. To request a copy of this publication, please contact the Museum directly.
"This is a phenomenal museum!!! As the website states, it is a hidden treasure, and this is absolutely correct. I love the new TV shows, American Pickers, and Pawn Stars. Anyone who has remote interest in American History may go nuts over the amazing items in this museum..." - 15 September 2010 www.yelp.com/biz/j-a-cooley-museum-san-diego
"What a hidden treasure. I could have spent all day there. The owner and curator is very nice and gave us a tour and demonstrated a lot of the antiques. I would recommend for 5 and up as things are tempting for small hands." - 1 October 2007 kgtv.cityvoter.com/j-a-cooley-museum/biz/57093
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