Sunday, February 06, 2011

If you are looking to visit car museums in the USA, here is a list not to miss

here is a list of the top 10 in the world: http://www.edmunds.com/car-reviews/top-10/top-10-automobile-museums.html?articleid=122959 which completely agrees with http://smashingusa.com/12-definitely-worth-a-detour-car-museums-of-america/ and they agree that the Henry Ford, the National Corvette, and the Petersen are not to be missed and they surprised me with the Studebaker and the Natl. Auto museum in Reno (formerly the Harrah) http://www.automuseum.org/index.html

I'll start in one corner of the USA and work towards California,

far North East is Maine and the Owls Head Transportation Museum: www.ohtm.org
two miles south of Rockland, eight miles south of Camden, and approximately 85 miles north of Portland. Cars, motorcycles, airplanes, bicycles, + research library and archives

in New Britain, Connecticutt, is Papa's Dodge, a dealership and museum that has Wednesday cruise nights - burnout contests, and a classic car museum http://www.papasdodge.com/dream-cruise.htm

In New York is the Northeast Classic Car Museum http://www.classiccarmuseum.org/ which has been posted online by Bangshift.com http://bangshift.com/gallery/northeast-classic-car-museum-tour.html?pid=126635

the AACA in Hershey Pennsylvania http://www.aacamuseum.org/ ,
and if you got to Penn stop by Allentown and see http://www.americaonwheels.org/
or the Eastern Museum of Motor Racing http://www.emmr.org/ which Bangshift posted a gallery of http://bangshift.com/gallery/eastern-museum-of-motor-racing-gallery-2.html  you might try the Swigart in Huntingdon, PA http://www.swigartmuseum.com/index.html
In Pennsylvania the John Rich Museum http://www.jwrautomuseum.com/
and the Boyertown Museum/Penn state museum of transportation http://boyertownmuseum.org/

the Gilmore in Michigan (doesn't open til May http://www.gilmorecarmuseum.org/ )
and if you get into Michigan see the Motorsports Hall of Fame http://www.mshf.com/ ,
and the Detroit Historic Museum's collection http://www.detroithistorical.org/
Benson Ford Research Center www.thehenryford.org/research/index.aspx
in Lansing near the capitol bldg is the RE Olds museum http://carnut1.blogspot.com/2010/12/car-blog-makes-visit-to-re-olds.html
and a must see is the Henry Ford in Dearborn Michigan http://www.thehenryford.org/museum/index.aspx

National Automotive History Collection   www.detroit.lib.mi.us/nahc/index.htm

In Hartford Wisconsin http://wisconsinautomuseum.com/
and while in Wisconsin, you have to go see the Harley Museum http://www.harley-davidson.com/en_US/Content/Pages/HD_Museum/museum.html?locale=en_US&bmLocale=en_US

While in the neighborhood of Illinois / Ohio, see the Packard in Dayton Ohio http://www.wrsol.com/usatravelguide/2009/12/bestcarmuseums-americaspackardmuseum/ .. .. Before you get too far from Nashville look for Hostetler's Hudson Auto Museum, in Shipshewana Indiana, thought to be the largest and most complete collection of Hudson, Essex, Terraplane, Railton, and Dover cars and trucks.
and the Volo http://volocars.com/

in nearby Indiana is a Hudson museum Hostetler’s Hudson Auto Museum in Shipshewana Indiana: http://www.hostetlershudsons.com/

 In Iowa  //www.motormagic.info/museums.htm

The Wellborn Musclecar museum in Alexander City Alabama http://www.wellbornmusclecarmuseum.com/

In Oklahoma
The Hajek Motorsports Museum in Ames Oklahoma http://hajekmotorsports.com/about
 Phil Silva's Muscle Car Legends Museum http://www.pinemeadowcabins.com/muscle_car_museum.html

The Microcar museum of Bruse Weiner in Madison Georgia (50 miles from Atlanta) http://www.microcarmuseum.com/ is now sold off via auction, sorry.

an absolute must is the Wheels Through Time in Maggie Valley North Carolina: http://www.wheelsthroughtime.com/

Mid America Motorworks, halfway between St Louis and Terre Haute on Hwy 57 http://www.mygaragemuseum.com/visitusmain.htm

While near St Louis,
the Dave Mungenast Classic Motorcycles Museum
http://www.classicmotorcyclesllc.com/
and the St Louis Museum of Transportation
http://transportmuseumassociation.org/index.htm

and the Punta Gorda muscle car in Florida http://www.musclecarcity.net/
Don Garlits Museum in Ocala http://www.garlits.com/
Sarasota has the 2nd oldest contiuously operated car museum; Sarasota Classic Car Museum http://www.sarasotacarmuseum.org/
the Indianapolis Speedway museum http://www.indianapolismotorspeedway.com/history/35204-Museum

The Lane museum is quirky and full of micro cars, it's in Nashville Tennessee, and the Crawford http://www.carlustblog.com/2011/04/crawford-auto-aviation-museum.html in Cleveland Ohio are both in this top 10 list http://www.journeyetc.com/travel-guide/top-10-best-automobile-museums-to-visit-in-the-us/

http://www.hostetlershudsons.com/ In DeSoto Kansas is Grandpa's Garage & Body Shop http://www.classicaldrives.com/50226711/in_a_town_called_desoto_grandpas_garage_features_old_fords.php Ya gotta see Speedy Bill's! It's the museum of American Speed in Lincoln Nebraska http://www.museumofamericanspeed.com/default.dlp

In the middle of South Dakota is the Pioneer Auto museum http://www.pioneerautoshow.com/
Near Denver Colorado is Terry's private Nash/AMC museum that he welcomes car people to http://www.pnwnash.org/museum

While in Colorado see the Rocky Mountain Motorcycle Museum http://rocky-mountain-motorcycle-museum.blogspot.com/
and try to get Terry to show you his private museum of Nash autos near Denver http://www.nashcarclub.org/Rambler-Ranch/rambler-ranch.html


In Pheonix Arizona is the
Penske Auto museum: http://www.penskeracingmuseum.com/
plus the http://www.hallofflame.org/ Firefighters National Hall of Fame and 90 pieces of firefighting apparatus
plus the  http://www.martinautomuseum.com/
and the Streetcar http://phoenixtrolley.com/
and a Harley and motorcycle museum http://www.buddystubbshd.com/custompage3.asp?pg=museum01
In Tucson is the Franklin Auto Museum http://franklinmuseum.org/
and the http://tucsonhistoricdepot.org train depot that's been restored
In Chandler is the http://www.azrymuseum.org/ train and railway museum
In Scottsdale is the http://www.scottsdaleinternationalautomuseum.com/

Here in So Cal...
The Nethercutt http://nethercuttcollection.org/Museum.aspx ,
Justice Brothers http://justicebrothers.com/pages/racing-museum/r&m_racingmuseum_main.htm ,
Mullin Museum focusing on the Art Deco movement of auto design
http://www.mullinautomotivemuseum.com/the-museum.html
Lyon Air Museum in Santa Ana http://www.lyonairmuseum.org/
Day Family Classic Car Museum off Iowa Avenue in Riverside
the Riverside International Auto Museum  http://www.riversideinternational.org/
the Marconi Museum in Tustin http://www.marconimuseum.org/
and you ought to see Galpin Ford's display of Roth customs, the Mysterion and Orbitron, plus the Ice Truck http://galpinautosports.com/2011/02/g-a-s-custom-classics-wow-the-crowds-at-the-grand-national-roadster-show/  and  http://www.bangshift.com/gallery/Galpin-Autosports-gallery.html
in El Segundo Automobile Driving Museum 
New addition to So Cal is the Mercedes Benz Classic Center USA in Irvine http://www.mercedes-benz-classic.com/content/classic/mpc/mpc_classic_website/en/mpc_home/mbc/home/museum/overview_museum.html

A little farther North near San Francisco, is the Heidrick Antique Tractor and Hays Antique Truck Collections in one location, http://www.aghistory.org/
and in San Francisco the Academy of Art University museum http://www.academyautomuseum.org/
Blackhawk http://www.blackhawkcollection.com/index.cfm?action=sales&tab=sales&control=bhc
and while in San Fran, see Brizios' shop!
Also, the Musee Mechanique on Fisherman's Wharf, Pier 45 http://museemecaniquesf.com/photos.php

Up in Tacoma Washington, finally (I've been waiting 4 years) the LeMay museum is open http://www.lemaymuseum.org/

Here's a list of museums by state: http://www.team.net/www/museums/us.html but it's 5 years old, and might not be 100% accurate anymore
Here is a link to a list of lots of US auto museums http://www.digital-librarian.com/car_museums.html

And for a look at some museums before you go, to make sure it's worth the trip: http://www.remarkablecars.com/main/aa-museums/car-museums.html

4 comments:

  1. I have always loved cars. This is the best car site I have ever seen. Thank you. I have a 1919 Model T Ford that I drive every day. I take anyone and everyone for rides. I consider myself a living driving museum.

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    1. thank you for your kind words, and the service you do for car enthusiasts! It's very rare that a vintage car owner will share their passion with the people that admire his car, and take them for a ride in it... I hope they catch the bug, and someday do the same for another, a "Pay if forward" love for great old cars

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  2. Don't forget the Owls Head Transportation Museum (www.ohtm.org)! Most of our collection still runs. Cars, motorcycles, airplanes, bicycles, + research library and archives...117 Museum Street, Owls Head, ME 04854. And thank you for the radiator mascot/hood ornament guides & links - I found your site while trying to ID some mascots & ornaments in the Museum's collection.

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    1. Sorry! I missed adding it, though I've heard of it. I hope that guide was helpful, and if you can add to it, or suggest any other good hood ornament sources of info, please share them.

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