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History Timeline


35 Year Anniversary
35 Year Anniversary

The Blackhawk Museum celebrated its 35th anniversary, marking over three decades of cultural and educational contributions to the community.

World of Nature
World of Nature

This exhibit was opened, focusing on natural history and the environmental aspects of various ecosystems around the world.

Into China
Blackhawk Museum Into China Golden Thrown

The museum added the Into China exhibit, offering visitors a look into the historical and cultural aspects of one of the world’s oldest civilizations.

Art of Africa
Art of Africa

This exhibit was introduced, featuring traditional and contemporary art from various regions of Africa, emphasizing the continent’s rich cultural heritage.

Spirit of the Old West
Blackhawk Museum Spirit of the Old West

This exhibit was launched, providing insights into the history of the American West, depicting the challenges, successes, and failures of both Native Americans and American Settlers.

Blackhawk Museum Classic Car Collection

The museum officially opened to the public, showcasing a collection of classic, rare, and unique automobiles in a state-of-the-art facility.


The Blackhawk Museum was founded by Ken Behring and Don Williams in Danville, California, primarily to house classic automobiles.

Opened in September of 1988, Blackhawk Museum was founded with a dedication to celebrating the elegance, craftsmanship, and history inherent in the legacy of the automobile. Originally described as possibly the finest museum of its type, it has been devoted to the enjoyment, appreciation, and education surrounding the art form of automobiles. Over the years, the museum has significantly expanded its scope beyond the captivating display of classic and rare automobiles.

Beginning in 2015, the museum introduced additional galleries to further enrich its offerings and embrace a broader cultural experience. The Spirit of the Old West, which opened that year, features the renowned Fick Collection, providing visitors with an immersive journey through Western history. This expansion continued with the Art of Africa gallery in 2016, showcasing a diverse range of African art and cultural artifacts.

In February of 2020, the museum unveiled the Into China gallery, deepening its exploration of international cultures and histories. This was soon followed by the World of Nature exhibit, which offers an engaging look at natural wonders from around the globe. Together, these galleries fulfill founder Kenneth E. Behring's vision of Museums as Temples of Learning, a concept that emphasizes education through curated exhibits and interactive experiences.

The Blackhawk Museum operates as a subsidiary of the Behring Global Educational Foundation, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. This status supports its mission to educate and inspire audiences from all walks of life, making it a unique cultural landmark in the Western United States. The evolution of the museum from a singular focus on automobiles to a diverse cultural institution reflects its commitment to celebrating human achievement and artistic expression across a variety of domains.


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