Auto Museum


#1

Do you have any recommendations for a quality automobile museum in your area? In St Louis, Mo. the National Museum Of Transportation is great, mostly trains but they do have a great auto building. Also in Peoria, IL. the Wheels Of Time is real nice for a small to medium sized city.

I would like to hear what is in your area. Thanks from meaneyedcatz


#2

they had the original batman car, not sure if they still do.


#3

Merle Norman cosmetics has a very nice (the cars are perfect) private (with public tours) museum in the Sylmar(Los Angles) area,I don’t know about the times it is open.


#4

Reno, Nevada has the National Automobile Museum (The Harrah Collection). It’s a great walkthrough in a town that has a lot of character in its own right. Their website:

When I went through in 2007, they had what they claimed to be the original Batmobile.


#5

The Alfred P. Sloan museum in Flint, MI is fantastic. I have been to the one in Reno, it is also pretty good, almost too much to see (sensory overload).

The Flint museum… I don’t know, anyone who is rooting for the Big 3 to nosedive should definitely walk through there at least once. It’s a great tribute to Michigan and the domestic auto industry.


#6

This one is not too far away and the guy is “fairly well known”.
East of Tulsa near Grand Lake.

http://www.darrylstarbird.com/


#7

Merle Norman is open, I believe, only on Saturdays. You must make an appointment. It’s a great tour, and free.

In Los Angeles, there’s the Peterson Museum, as in Peterson Publications (Hot Rod, Car Craft, etc).

Near Los Angeles, at hte Pomona Fairgrounds is the National Hot Rod Association museum. It’s not terribly big, but it’s got quite a collection of old drag racers.


#8

The Ford in Detroit (Dearborn really as I recall) is worth a visit.


#9

In South Bend, Indiana, The Studebaker National Museum has everything from the company’s early Conestoga wagons, to the last sedan (made in Canada), to experimental models and show cars from both Studebaker and Packard. While I have never had the opportunity to visit it, I have seen photos of the museum’s collection, and it appears to be incredible. Some day, I will make a pilgrimage.


#10

For Mercedes appreciators, don’t overlook the Classic Car Center in Irvine, CA (that is, if you can’t make it to the original MBz museum in Germany).

http://www.mbusa.com/mercedes/MBHome.html#/onlymbMenu/classicCenter/


#11

The Antique Automobile Club of America Museum in Hershey, PA is a pretty nice museum tracing the history of the automobile from the horseless carriage through the 1960s.

The exhibits change now and then (pick-up trucks, motorcycles, customs and race cars, etc), and there is a nice collection of busses and commercial vehicles in the lower level.

The AACA museum is well worth a visit.


#12

If you travel through the southeast, you should take time to visit this one.

http://www.internationaltowingmuseum.org/


#13

And the whole town smells great.


#14

The Auburn/Cord/Duesenberg Museum is not too far away in Auburn, IN and just south of there is the Corvette Classics Museum in Ft. Wayne, IN.


#15

The Henry Ford Museum is pretty bizarre-- almost as bizarre as the man himself! My favorite part is Thomas Edison’s last breath in a test-tube.

http://www.roadsideamerica.com/story/2120

I really hope the museum doesn’t get swept up in the trouble with the Big 3 these days.


#16

check this web site…

http://www.hubcapcafe.com/resources/classic_car_museums.htm


#17

wisconsinautomuseum.com, Kissel museum in Hartford, WI. As long as you are in the area, the new Harley museum in Milwaukee is good for motorheads to see too. Nice tour also at the Capital Drive Harley engine factory in Milwaukee.


#18

very nice, thank you.