Nethercutt Museum: Functional Fine Art, Part I

FINALLY got to find time to write this entry after how many months! This is just the first of many blog entries I’ll be sharing with you about my free trip to Los Angeles! You know how it is when you’re about to write something good; something unique, and about something that’s completely significant in your life? You get a little anxious and excited – but in a positive way. You think it over plenty of times in your head – How can I make the reader enjoy what I wrote? How do I make it possible for them to also experience my travels even just by reading the content and looking at the photos? How can I channel the happy vibes I felt that time through my writings?

Like what James Clear said – “If you’re working on something important, then you’ll never feel ready. A side effect of doing challenging work is that you’re pulled by excitement and pushed by confusion at the same time.” (www.jamesclear.quora.com) That’s exactly how I felt when I returned to blogging after three years. I’m glad to know that everyone who’s come across my blog have only positive and encouraging things to say. Kind, appreciative words are as inspiring as fun travels. I hope you enjoy reading this entry as much as I did while writing it. 😉

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My aunt, younger brother, and uncle hamming it up for the camera!

So, for our first ever stop in Los Angeles, my Uncle took us to Nethercutt Museum! Located at 15151 Bledsoe Street, Sylmar, CA 91342, United States, Nethercutt simply lives up to its motto of Functional, Fine Art! JB Nethercutt (1913-2004), and his wife, Dorothy (1914-2004) had a passion for collecting vintage cars and this paved way for the opening of the museum in 1971 as they wished to share these masterpieces to the public. It houses a massive collection of vintage cars and, believe it or not, these automobiles still work! Porsches, Rolls Royces, Cadillacs, Packards, Fords, Duesenbergs, you name it, they have it, as well as vintage car accessories and a whole lot of other historical pieces! It’s really nice to know that they’re not just focused on collecting, but ensure that these cars are restored and in good condition! Car aficionados will be driven in awe once they step inside.

Fun fact: JB Nethercutt is the nephew of Merle Nethercutt Norman who’s the founder of Merle Norman Cosmetics. The cosmetics store is located right across Nethercutt Museum and right beside The Nethercutt Collection.

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My younger brother and aunt walking towards the entrance of Nethercutt Museum. 
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Aisle and aisles and aisles of vintage cars!
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1931 Ford – Model A Deluxe Phaeton (180A)
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Packard Marine Engine
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1937 Cord – an 812 (Supercharged) Convertible Phaeton Sedan
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This 1932 Ford will certainly stand out in a sea of black cars!
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1923 Lafayette
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A 1913 Christie – Front Drive Steam Pumper/Fire Engine
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Black 1938 Mercedes-Benz

Car accessories and other collections were lined up in numerous shelves.

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Swastika
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Rolls-Royce Spares Kit

The more high-end vintage cars were placed in a well-lit room with elegant red carpeting.

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1955 Ford Thunderbird Convertible

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You can also find these machines winking at ‘ya from the receptionist’s table – a 1905 Dalton Adding Machine, a 1920’s Hammond Multiplex Typewriter, and a 1915 National Cash Register.

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1920’s Hammond Multiplex Typewriter

Nethercutt is also home to antique grand pianos, pipe organs, music boxes, phonographs and more! Music from the early 1900’s were played the entire time by the aforementioned musical instruments. They also offer tours inside the 1912 Pullman Rail Car (also known as the California), and the 1937 Canadian-Pacific Royal Hudson #2839. I’ll be expounding more on them in future blog posts. A single entry is not enough to capture how amazing this place was! Even pictures don’t do justice to the antiques. You gotta book a tour here and see it with your very own eyes! The curator and tour guide certainly knew what they were doing. They did all the research on every piece in the museum. Aside from being VERY informative, they were also fun, candid, and ensured that the tourists would have the time of their lives and not get bored.

Nethercutt is THE ideal place if you want to take a trip back in time, and most especially if you’re a vintage car lover! Its admission and parking are free and houses a world class collection! So worth it!

WHEN TO VISIT: Tuesday-Saturday, 9:00 am – 4:30 pm. Closed Sunday & Monday, and all major holidays, Memorial Weekend, 4th of July, Labor Day weekend, Thanksgiving weekend, and two weeks during the Christmas holiday.

Up next: Nethercutt Collection: Functional Fine Art, Part II focuses on the museum’s rich collection of antique musical instruments, furniture, gems, and more!

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