Hays Antique Truck Museum
Established 1982
Location Woodlands, California, USA

The Hays Antique Truck Museum contains one of the largest collections of antique trucks in the United States. The museum was founded in 1982 by A.W. Hays.


A.W. Hays, a pioneer in the California trucking industry, formally established the Hays Antique Truck Museum in 1982. Retired after fifty years in the trucking business, with "nothing to do" at age 76, he began to collect and restore the old trucks seen at the museum today. The museum's collection includes over 100 different makes of old trucks, representing 94 different manufacturers such as Fageol, Freightliner, Mack, Sterling, Oshkosh, Peterbilt, C.T. Electric, and the one and only 1916 Breeding Steam Truck. Also on display are trailers, industrial power plants, tools, equipment, and trucking memorabilia. The museum attracts visitors from around the world and serves as an educational resource for schools and truck historians.

The Hays Antique Truck Museum is dedicated to the procurement, care, and display of antique trucks and truck related artifacts, and the development of its archives and library in an effort to preserve the history of trucks and the trucking industry.

Trucks in the MoviesEdit

Hays trucks have also appeared in several feature length motion pictures. Both the 1921 Relay truck and the 1942 Mack fire truck appeared in the movie James and the Giant Peach. Three of the museums trucks were on location for several months at Alcatraz Island for the movie, Murder in the First, starring Kevin Bacon. Monsters, a Universal Studios picture, also used 6 trucks from the collection.

Location / contact detailsEdit

The Hays Antique Truck Museum is located in the Heidrick Ag History Center, Woodland, California and shares space with the Heidrick Antique Tractor Museum.

  • The Center is open 7 days a week except certain holidays.
  • Hays Antique Truck Museum, 1962 Hays Lane, Woodland, California Phone: 530-666-1044
  • Heidrick Ag History Center, 1962 Hays Lane, Woodland, California Phone: 530-666-9700


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