Summertime is a great time to get out on the open road and check out the many wonderful car museums dotting the country. We’ve touched base with a few to find out what they have planned for this summer and will continue to do so with museums across the country throughout the year. Check ‘em out and then get out there and enjoy!
America On Wheels Museum
America On Wheels Executive Director Linda Merkel shared AOW’s youth-oriented exhibits, perfect for car-loving families looking for something to do:
America On Wheels Museum, located in Allentown, PA, tells the story of a nation constantly in motion. It’s a story about cars, trucks, motorcycles and bicycles – the vehicles that have carried us and our belongings from one place to another. The museum invites its visitors to follow the trail of invention and innovation that has made mobility an American hallmark and “the road” a quintessentially American place. The museum is open year-round and showcases a fabulous display of vehicles with a changing gallery that rotates every six months. Children 12 and under will enjoy the newly designed Kids’ Garage for hands-on learning about the automobile. Teens can explore the Restoration Learning Center highlighting the various stages to restore or not to restore a classic vehicle. Visit www.americaonwheels.org for information, special events and hours of operation.
Boyertown Museum of Historic Vehicles
Autumn Shaner of the Boyertown Museum of Historic Vehicles in Boyertown, PA, had this to say:
Discover Pennsylvania’s Transportation History at the Boyertown Museum of Historic Vehicles! See vehicles of all types: gasoline, electric, and horse-drawn, including carriages, wagons, and sleighs. You will see ‘high wheelers” and “safety bicycles,” vehicle builder’s tools, and local historic roadside architecture.
The museum is housed in the former home of the Boyertown Auto Body Works, which had continuous operations on this site from 1872 – 1990, and retains the factory setting, making it a unique and interesting setting for the vehicles.
On July 28th, they will be hosting a live blacksmithing event, while September 1st will see the 53rd annual Duryea Day, featuring a car show and flea market.
America’s Car Museum
Ashley Bice of America’s Car Museum in Tacoma, WA, shared a whole slate of activities the museum has planned for this summer. From movie screenings to cruise-ins and more, they’ve got you covered:
Drive-In Movie Series:
Saturday, August 11 | Star Wars: The Last Jedi | https://www.americascarmuseum.org/event/drive-movie-now-showing-star-wars-last-jedi/
Thursday, July 26 | Take A Spin | https://www.americascarmuseum.org/event/take-a-spin-8/all/
Thursday, August 2 | Take A Spin | https://www.americascarmuseum.org/event/take-a-spin-8/2018-08-02/
Saturday, August 18 | RockaBetty | https://www.americascarmuseum.org/event/cruiseins-2018-08-18/
Cars & Cigars:
Saturday, August 4 | Havana Nights | https://www.americascarmuseum.org/event/cars-cigars/
Saturday, September 8 | Wheels & Heels Annual Gala | https://www.americascarmuseum.org/event/wheels-heels-annual-gala/
Where to See Register Vehicles
While there isn’t currently a dedicated museum featuring vehicles on the National Historic Vehicle Register, a number of the Register vehicles are currently on display at museums across the country. The very first Register vehicle, the Dayton Cobra Couple CSX2287, can be seen at the Simeone Museum in Philadelphia, while the Thomas Flyer is on display at the National Automobile Museum – Harrah Collection in Reno, NV. The Petersen Museum in Los Angeles has played host to several Register vehicles, most recently the McGee Roadster, while the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Museum has several Register vehicles in its collection with the Boyle Special and the Marmon Wasp.
For a full listing of car museums in the U.S., check out the National Association of Automotive Museum’s website: http://www.naam.museum/museum-list/
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