JA Cooley Museum

JA Cooley Museum San Diego's Most Unique Collection of Antiques and Automobiles 10,000 sft feet of the private collection of Jim and Carmen Cooley. Located in University Heights community of San Diego,1 mile north of Balboa Park has the largest private collection of the Industrial Revolution and history of San Diego.
4233 Park Blvd San Diego, ca 92103 619-296-3112
Admission is $5
Hours: Mon-Sat 11Am-4:00pm, and Sundays 11Am -4:00pm
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Operating as usual

Come visit as we celebrate Maxwell the car that put women behind the wheel thanks to Alice- on display is our 1908 Maxwe...
07/10/2021

Come visit as we celebrate Maxwell the car that put women behind the wheel thanks to Alice
- on display is our 1908 Maxwell
Despite the fact that American women were discouraged from driving cars in the early 1900s, Alice not only learned to drive her new car – she learned to drive it expertly. In fact, just a few months after she first set foot behind the wheel, she participated in an endurance driving competition that required her to drive 200 miles on unpaved roads. One of only two women in the competition, Alice not only completed the trip, she also earned a perfect score and won the bronze medal.
Alice’s perfect score received much attention from the press, and that’s when Maxwell, an automotive company, had an idea for a publicity stunt and approached Alice with an offer. They would provide Alice with a new car and an all-expenses paid trip across the country, and in exchange, Alice would show the world that Maxwell had made such a good car that anyone—shock horror, even a woman—could drive it.
https://bit.ly/3b9I168

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Come visit as we celebrate Maxwell the car that put women behind the wheel thanks to Alice
- on display is our 1908 Maxwell
Despite the fact that American women were discouraged from driving cars in the early 1900s, Alice not only learned to drive her new car – she learned to drive it expertly. In fact, just a few months after she first set foot behind the wheel, she participated in an endurance driving competition that required her to drive 200 miles on unpaved roads. One of only two women in the competition, Alice not only completed the trip, she also earned a perfect score and won the bronze medal.
Alice’s perfect score received much attention from the press, and that’s when Maxwell, an automotive company, had an idea for a publicity stunt and approached Alice with an offer. They would provide Alice with a new car and an all-expenses paid trip across the country, and in exchange, Alice would show the world that Maxwell had made such a good car that anyone—shock horror, even a woman—could drive it.
https://bit.ly/3b9I168

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06/29/2021

#TuesdayTrivia #TriviaTuesday at the JA Cooley Museum
What are these items? What are they used for? And who manufactured them?
See photos below

Thanks for playing and supporting us.
4233 Park Blvd
Open 11-4 daily

We will be closed July 4 th

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One of the coolest cars made and love the passenger seat in the front row where the driver seat would be.
06/27/2021

One of the coolest cars made and love the passenger seat in the front row where the driver seat would be.

This 1922 Detroit Electric 90 is an early example of electric vehicles that have been around since the advent of the modern automobile.

The Detroit Electric Car Company built more than 12,000 electric cars between 1907-1939 and were powered by rechargeable lead acid batteries.

In 1900, electric cars outsold steam or gasoline powered cars. However, with the superior range of gasoline powered vehicles and the advent of the electric starter motor, electric vehicles were pushed to the fringes of the market.

As they lost marketshare, many electric vehicles were marketed towards wealthy women due to their reliability, ability to start with the turn of a key, and their roomy interiors that resembled an elegant parlor. #DriveHistory

Another great Ford and Edison collaboration
06/25/2021
Henry Ford’s Electric Model T

Another great Ford and Edison collaboration

Henry Ford made ambitious plans to develop a battery-powered version of his Model T and produce electric flivvers by the millions, but the scheme quickly fell apart.

We are fortunate to have the 1913 Cadillac and a Cartercar  in the collection. Thankful to the electric starter#cadillac...
06/22/2021
June 15, 1911 - The electric starter is patented - This Day in Automotive History

We are fortunate to have the 1913 Cadillac and a Cartercar in the collection. Thankful to the electric starter

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The name Charles Kettering may not ring any bells unless you went to Kettering University in Flint, Michigan, but this US inventor is the man you can thank for your car being so easy to start. It was on this day in 1911 he filed for US Patent #1150523, the electric starting motor for the […]

You have $450 do you buy a car (shown here 1903 Michigan sold for $475) or a lot in San Diego in 1921/22 #sandiegoplaces...
06/19/2021

You have $450 do you buy a car (shown here 1903 Michigan sold for $475) or a lot in San Diego in 1921/22

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San Diego's hidden gem of a museum#visitsandiego#sandiegomuseum#museuminsandiego#mustseesandiego#sandiegoautomuseum#mode...
06/19/2021

San Diego's hidden gem of a museum

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San Diego's hidden gem of a museum

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This was aired 10 years ago- time has flown by and this is one of the best interviews of  Jim Cooley our founder. It sti...
06/18/2021
Ken Kramer's About San Diego | J.A. Cooley Museum | Season 2

This was aired 10 years ago- time has flown by and this is one of the best interviews of Jim Cooley our founder. It still airs today on @KPBS Ken Kramer a great San Diego historian; he captured the spirit that still is found at the museum. Alot has changed and many items have been added in the 10 years. We thank San Diego community for all the support. Happy Father's Day to all the dads, uncles, coaches and those who influence us all like a dad.
Open 11-4pm daily-
4233 Park Blvd

https://www.pbs.org/video/ken-kramers-about-san-diego-j-cooley-museum/

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An amazing privately-owned museum of classic cars, trains, and San Diego memorabilia.

A real "Cool" collection- a San Diego Hidden Gem in the heart of San Diegowww.jacooleymuseum.comOpen 11-4pm daily$5 admi...
06/17/2021

A real "Cool" collection- a San Diego Hidden Gem in the heart of San Diego

www.jacooleymuseum.com

Open 11-4pm daily
$5 admission
4233 Park Blvd San Diego Ca 92103 1 mile north of Balboa Park

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A real "Cool" collection- a San Diego Hidden Gem in the heart of San Diego

www.jacooleymuseum.com

Open 11-4pm daily
$5 admission
4233 Park Blvd San Diego Ca 92103 1 mile north of Balboa Park

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06/16/2021

Answer to last weeks #TuesdayTrivia
All great and close answers but Generator for frequency

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06/16/2021

#TriviaTuesday
Let’s talk #ThomasEdison
#Edison #phonographs
When and why did Edison change his design?
No Googling!!

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06/12/2021

Working my Brass off at the JA Cooley Museum-
Thanks for the recommendation of #maas polish!
30 cars plus then off to the Edison phonographs. The not so pretty side of museum life.

Welcome back 11-4pm
4233 Park Blvd
San Diego’s hidden gem

10,000 sft of the Industrial Revolution at its finest.

Horseless Carriage Club thank you for brass recommendation

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06/11/2021

Come visit us this weekend 11-4pm daily
$5 admission to San Diego's hidden gem of a museum. Over 25 collections some of the rarest cars and collectibles.
We will be closed
June 14-16th
for Inventory & Maintenance
Sorry for inconvenience

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06/09/2021

Answer to last weeks #TuesdayTrivia
Stare-Optic Stereoscope sorry due to audio issues video will be available later
Photos below
Apologies for inconvenience
Circa 1900
More photos in comments

4233 Park Blvd
11-4 daily
$5 admission

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06/09/2021

#TuesdayTrivia @JA Cooley
Museum - what is this item used for, approximate year and huge bonus manufacture . Visit to museum to see it and our collections- tune in next week for the answer. Thanks for the support

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Tuesday trivia photos what’s the specific name#Sandiegohiddengem#sandiegoautomuseum#sandiegomustsee#automotivemuseums#sa...
06/02/2021

Tuesday trivia photos what’s the specific name
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06/02/2021

#TuesdayTrivia at the JA Cooley what is this specifically called circa 1900-1920’s zoom in it’s San Fransisco
See you at the JA Cooley Museum 11-4
4233 Park Blvd photos to follow

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06/02/2021
Its a homemade photo box/camera!! #tuesdaytrivia #cameras #

Sometimes you just got to DIY- this is someone's creation of a photobox. We all have to start somewhere. Happy Tuesday Trivia see you at the JA Cooley Museum

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05/25/2021
Tuesday Trivia at the JA Cooley Museum #

This weeks Tuesday Trivia
What is this mystery box - what is it used for and bonus who manufactured it approximately
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05/25/2021

Tuesday Trivia at the JA Cooley Museum - answe from last week
Thanks for playing!! Tune in shortly for this week’s question.

05/18/2021
Tuesday Trivia @ JA Cooley Museum

This weeks Tuesday Trivia tune in next week for the answer but what is this part called and still in use today
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05/18/2021
Tuesday Trivia @Ja Cooley Museum

Congrats to Gary Mills but the answer was Alexander Graham Bell the dictaphone

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Private events are back at the JA Cooley Museum Who doesn’t like a night at the museum?#Sandiegohiddengem#sandiegoautomu...
05/16/2021

Private events are back at the JA Cooley Museum

Who doesn’t like a night at the museum?

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05/11/2021
Tuesday Trivia

Tuesday Trivia
What is this circa 1920’s invention and by whom?
Open 11-4 daily

Tune in next week for the answer

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05/11/2021

Congrats to Gary Mills for the correct answer to last weeks Tuesday trivia and thanks everyone for playing along

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JA Cooley Museum Tuesday TriviaGuess what this invention is for and who was the San Diegan who patented these?Open 11-4 ...
05/04/2021

JA Cooley Museum Tuesday Trivia
Guess what this invention is for and who was the San Diegan who patented these?

Open 11-4 daily
$5 admission

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JA Cooley Museum Tuesday Trivia
Guess what this invention is for and who was the San Diegan who patented these?

Open 11-4 daily
$5 admission

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05/04/2021

JA Cooley Museum Tuesday Trivia
Guess what this invention is for and who was the San Diegan who patented these?

Open 11-4 daily
$5 admission

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Trivia Tuesday - what was the original purpose of Pez Dispensers?
04/27/2021

Trivia Tuesday - what was the original purpose of Pez Dispensers?

Trivia Tuesday - what was the original purpose of Pez Dispensers?

We appreciate the support of the community and the K**I News family especially Allie Wagner. It's always a fun visit and...
04/26/2021
J.A. Cooley Museum in University Heights reopens after a year of shutdowns -

We appreciate the support of the community and the K**I News family especially Allie Wagner. It's always a fun visit and she's part of our museum family. We are re-open and welcome visitors daily https://www.kusi.com/j-a-cooley-museum-in-university-heights-reopens-after-a-year-of-shutdowns/

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UNIVERSITY HEIGHTS (K**I) – One of San Diego’s hidden gems, the J.A. Cooley Museum is back open after a year of shutdowns. K**I’s Allie Wagner spoke with the Cooley family to find out all about it live on Good Morning San Diego. For more information on the J.A. Cooley Museum, click here. Categ...

04/26/2021

Tune in tomorrow morning to K**I News and Allie Wagner- thanks for supporting the JA Cooley Museum and see what’s new
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If #RCA had Nipper as their mascot JA Cooley Museum introduces Miss Stella Bella the Pug - she loves her phonographs and...
04/21/2021

If #RCA had Nipper as their mascot JA Cooley Museum introduces Miss Stella Bella the Pug - she loves her phonographs and cars

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Address

4233 Park Blvd
San Diego, CA
92103

Opening Hours

Monday 11am - 4pm
Tuesday 11am - 4pm
Wednesday 11am - 4pm
Thursday 11am - 4pm
Friday 11am - 4pm
Saturday 10am - 4pm
Sunday 12pm - 4pm

Telephone

+16192963112

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Jim Cooley started collecting at a very early age. When asked what his first item was, it is likely that you will get a different response each time. One day it may be his 1938 American Flyer toy train, or his Marx tank. Another day he may surprise you with a iron his grandmother used. One thing is certain though, Cooley has spent his lifetime collecting. As co-owner of Frank the Trainman, with his wife Carmen, over the years he would take good customers over to his house remarking I've got "something different" for you to see. Most frequently, the response was "you should open a museum." In 1996, after years of encouragement from their friends, Jim and Carmen Cooley founded the J.A. Cooley Museum. On display is San Diego's Best Collection of 100 Year Old Vehicles with over two dozen, dating from 1885 to 1933. Feature exhibit include the first car from (Mercedes) Benz and the Buick XP2000 Concept Car. In addition to their automobile collection, the museum boasts over 30 categories of antiques. Check out our Photo Gallery page to see a sneak preview of other collections on display.

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Hello Carmen & Ladd, I tried to phone you, and it would NOT go through. Do you have a new phone number? We still have the "Link" Flower Arranger dies and we would like to set up a date for you to receive them. Please phone us at 1-858-613-1633. [email protected]. Awaiting your reply. Cheers, Bill and Della Link
Hello Carmen, Your husband Ladd sounds very,very nice. Do you have any idea when you would like to pick up the dies? As I told you they are very heavy. We are so happy that you are taking them. There is no rush. Just give us a phone call to let us know. I do not always check my emails. 1-858-613-1633. Respectfully yours, Bill and Della Link
Hello Carmen, We have had some health issues ; however we would like to talk to you when you have time as to how to proceed on our donation. 1-858-613-1633. Bill and Della Link
Hello Carmen, I sent you photos of the heavy steel dies of "The Link Flower Arranger" on July 18th, 2020. We have not heard from you. We want to donate them to a museum. Mr. Link, Sr. lived at 4060 Florida St. near you. If you are not interested, you offered to help us find someone who would be interested in our donation. Awaiting your reply. Regards, Bill and Della Link--1-858-613-1633
JA Cooley Museum you're on the map of automotive museums to visit in the US!