Johnnie Meier built the Classical Gas Museum around his extensive collection of vintage gas station and travel memorabilia. With a love for the culture of the road, Johnnie has been adding items to this collection and displaying it for free for more than three decades. He opened the museum in the ’90s, and today, it’s one of the most interesting stops along the Rio Grande in northern New Mexico.
What Will You Find in the Classical Gas Museum?
The Classical Gas Museum is filled with and surrounded by old gas pumps, road signs, neon signs, license plates, and more. There are oil cans, soda coolers, clocks, maps, thermometers, vintage roadside statues, and a range of old advertisements, gas station signs, car parts, and vehicles. Depending on when you go, you might have a chance to visit the Eat Mo’ Ice Cream parlor, something Meier plans to operate from a restored 1950’s roadside diner.
Some of these intriguing antiques are available for purchase and Meier frequently rents out others as props for movies, commercials, and photography. Parts of the collection were in Wild Hogs and No Country for Old Men. The museum is popular with tourists, road-trippers, artists, collectors, and anyone who is moved by the nostalgia of a trip back in time. It is now a traditional place to visit when traveling between Taos and Santa Fe.
What Better Way to Plan a New Mexico Road Trip?
You can find Johnnie and his fascinating array of memorabilia on Route 68 in Embudo, New Mexico. Donations are welcome, entrance is free. When planning your next New Mexico road trip, be sure to check out the Classical Gas Museum. You’ll leave with a whole new appreciation for the culture and history of traveling the open road.
If you want to see some more road trip destinations in Northern New Mexico, check out our article about 5 Things to do in Santa Fe