Automotive Museum | Event Venue | Foundation for Kids

The Marconi Automotive Museum & Foundation for Kids® has been dedicated to being an integral part of growth in Orange County for almost 30 years. Our Mission is to help raise awareness for at-risk youth in our community. The Marconi Foundation for Kids® is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit that donates a portion of net proceeds from hosted events and museum visitors to children’s charities and organizations. We host fundraisers, toy drives, car events, educational tours and more, all to benefit charities throughout Orange County.

Our Story

In the late 1950’s Dick Marconi moved to California from Gary, Indiana. All he had was his wife, an 18-month-old son, and $500 in his pocket. Armed with an MBA he went on to build the world’s largest manufacturing company of custom-made vitamins, weight loss products, and food supplements.

During his successful career, he began collecting an impressive automotive collection of high-performance street and race cars, and in 1994 he donated his multi-million-dollar car collection and the building that housed it to found the Marconi Automotive Museum & Foundation for Kids®.

Today, we are a 501(c)(3) nonprofit with the goal of raising one million dollars annually for various at-risk children’s charities by using the automotive museum as a special event venue and tourist attraction for automotive enthusiasts. Dick’s dream is to leave a lasting legacy of the importance of giving back to our communities and his family who continues to preserve his dreams and goals for the museum and foundation.