Motte Historical Museum – Perris, California

Motte barn CAThis families aspirations were to showcase the history of the pioneer families who first settled in the valley.  They wanted to share their antique car collection, and document the area’s agricultural roots.  The Motte Family is one of the oldest pioneering families in the Perris Valley.  With their history going back to the late 1800′s in both agricultural and sheep they built their estate and created a foundation which started the museum.

Antique/Classic car enthusiasts will enjoy and appreciate the historic Motte Family collection of automobiles. The collection ranges from the teens -1960 and is housed in a picturesque 9,000 sq. ft. barn. The barn features community history, Motte family history and antique appliances.

In 1951 John Victor Motte bought a Chevrolet Touring for $15, overhauled the engine, and restored the car in the late 1970′s. That Chevrolet was the car that began the private collection, and fueled the Motte Brothers desire to restore antique automobiles. The 1926 Chevrolet Touring is currently on display at the Museum, and the preservation of the rest of the restored automobiles continues today.

The Barn has a story of it’s own.  Leon E. Motte built the Motte’s Romola Farms Barn in 1985 with architect Robert Morris. Robert Morris has done much architectural design in downtown Temecula, and is known for his wrought iron work and western artistic touch. After building the Barn in 1985 from all salvaged materials, the Motte’s sold produce for about 10 years before leasing it out to other food vendors, such as Tom’s Farms and Hamshaw Farms.

Enjoy the old time Cinema featuring public domain movies related to early automobiles. Admission is free donations are accepted. Hours of operation Wednesday – Saturday 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. and ever first and third Sunday of the month. They are closed most holidays and when the event has been rented for a wedding or event. For more information please call 951-928-3210.

Barn Address: 28380 Highway 74, Menifee, CA 92585

Office Address: 445 South D. Street, Perris, CA 92570


Museum Phone: (951) 928-3210

Events Phone: (951) 821-6210

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