Shelby Heritage Center (aka the Shelby Museum)

updated Sept 24, 2015
I had been trying to visit the Shelby Museum for a while. I was never able to make it out to the location at the Speedway when it was open, though. The museum has a new name, The Shelby Heritage Center, and a new visitor friendly location at the corner of I-15 and Sunset Road (across from Town Square). The center is home to a large collection of Shelby automobiles, the Shelby production facility and a large gift shop with Shelby logo merchandise and a wide variety of Shelby parts.

A few of the cars on display at the Shelby Heritage Center
A few of the cars on display at the Shelby Heritage Center

The collection includes a wide variety of cars including the original Cobra CSX2000 (valued at over $26 million), a Series 1 prototype, a ’66 GT350, a modern Shelby Focus GT, a 50th Anniversary Cobra, a Shelby GT40, a Shelby Daytona Coupe, a Shelby Raptor truck and an ’86 GLHS hatchback just to name a few.

Some cars are part of a permanent collection. Others are on loan from collectors. Some are available for purchase.

The production facility where they make and modify Shelby cars is connected to the Heritage Center. You can enter it while on the free guided tour. You can also watch through the large viewing windows when there isn’t a tour.

Panorama of the Shelby Production Facility
Panorama of the Shelby Production Facility

The free guided tours are offered Monday – Friday at 10:30am and 1:30pm and Saturday at 10:30am. Tours are intended to be an hour long. The tour I was on took about 90 minutes, but I didn’t see anyone complaining about it. Our guide was extremely knowledgable and gave a lot of background on Carroll Shelby, the founding of Shelby American and the significance of many of the cars in the collection. Visitors who take the tour are encouraged to sign the wall between the production facility and the museum.

The Center and gift shop are open Monday – Saturday 9:30a-6:00p and recently added Sunday hours  from 10:00a-4:00p.
It is located at 6405 Ensworth Street. You can take a cab or the Deuce or SDX bus, but I suggest driving. Free parking is readily available.

For additional info visit the Shelby  Tours page or call (702) 942-7325

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