The Murphy Auto Museum in Oxnard has made the tough decision to permanently discontinue its operations.
The Murphy Auto Museum in Oxnard has made the tough decision to permanently discontinue its operations.

Murphy Auto Museum in Oxnard to Close Permanently


The Murphy Auto Museum in Oxnard has made the difficult decision to cease operations permanently following the departure of its executive director, David Neel.

Reasons for Closure:

Neel cited the demands of his primary job and the time-consuming nature of his role at the non-profit museum as factors contributing to his decision to step away. With limited time available, he expressed reluctance to continue his voluntary position.

Impact of Closure:

The museum’s closure is seen as a loss for car enthusiasts and the community, especially after the recent closure of the Mullin Automotive Museum in Oxnard. The dwindling presence of such cultural institutions in smaller towns like Oxnard is lamented, particularly as gas combustion engines yield to electric vehicles.

Neel highlighted the Murphy Auto Museum’s rarity as a public institution showcasing automobiles, emphasizing its unique value within the community.

Final Day and Future of Exhibits:

The museum’s final day of operation is scheduled for July 7. Following closure, many exhibited cars will return to their private owners, likely becoming inaccessible to the public. Additionally, the museum’s collection of vehicles is being put up for sale.

Neel expressed hope in finding a suitable candidate to take over the non-profit organization, ensuring the possibility of preserving and revitalizing the museum’s mission in the future.

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