Embudo is about 45 miles north of Santa Fe, and about 25 miles south of Taos. The museum is on the south side of NM route 68 as you drive through town.
The Classical Gas Museum is the singular passion of a man named Johnnie Meier, who stuck around northern New Mexico after retiring from a career at nearby Los Alamos National Laboratory.
The love of the open road and the unsung beauty of its commercial art has always been under Johnnie’s skin, so about 25 years ago he started hard core collecting all kinds of travel and gas station paraphernalia: neon signs, maps, soda machines, toys, motor oil cans, a few cars and trucks, a whole lot of old gas pumps and even a vintage diner car.
Needing a place to put it all, he settled on a spot in Embudo and created the Classical Gas Museum.
Johnnie lives here too, so as long as he’s home his museum is pretty much always open. Just to make sure, if making a special trip, it’s a good idea to call (505- 852-2995 ) first.