If you love Americana, classic cars and automotive history then Pennsylvania could be an excellent travel destination to choose. This state is home to a number of car museums. To help you plan what to do during a visit to the state, we’ve compiled this list of the excellent car museums in Pennsylvania. www.travelrows.com
Antique Automobile Club of America (AACA) Museum
Official website: https://www.aacamuseum.org
This impressive museum in Hershey has an interesting array of vehicles and associated paraphernalia. Amongst other exhibits is a tribute to driving route 66. In addition to a range of cars is the Museum of Bus Transportation where, amongst other things, you can see a vehicle that made an appearance in the film ‘Forrest Gump’.
Official website: https://rollsroycefoundation.org
If you love your luxury vehicles then this is the museum for you. Tucked away on a winding country road in appropriately named Mechanicsburg is this Rolls-Royce museum, which celebrates these coveted vehicles.
Simeone Foundation Automotive Museum
Official website: https://www.simeonemuseum.org
Housing the car collection of neurosurgeon Fred Simone, this hidden gem close to the Philadelphia airport houses over 60 of the world’s greatest racing cars, all of which still run. On one of the twice-monthly demonstration days, you can see them in action on the 3 acre lot out back.
Boyertown Museum of Historic Vehicles
Official website: https://boyertownmuseum.org
In the former Boyertown Body Works, where truck bodies were built between 1926 and 1990, you can discover a grand collection of classic vehicles built right here in Pennsylvania, that run on gas, steam and electricity. You can also see a cool vintage gas station and the 1938 Reading Diner.
William E. Swigart, Jr. Automobile Museum
Official website: http://www.swigartmuseum.com
This museum houses the collection of vehicles built by Swigert and his father, an insurance tycoon. In addition to seeing classic Tuckers and other cars, you can also enjoy an amazing collection of international license plates and antique car logo badges.
Eagles Mere Auto Museum
Official website: https://www.eaglesmereautomuseum.com
Discover the bygone days of road travel at this museum in the charming town of Eagles Mere with its huge collection of 75 plus cars, then consider a visit to the neighboring air museum to discover a rare collection of over 30 planes.
Grice Clearfield Community Museum
Official website: https://www.gricemuseum.com
An unusual museum, this place combines its quirky car collection with taxidermy displays. The collection includes, amongst many other things, seven compact Crosley cars, and a 1932 Rockne.
America on Wheels
Official website: http://americaonwheels.org
This over the road transportation museum in Allentown has over 75 bicycles, motorcycles, cars and trucks in exhibits which tell the story of people and products. The museum also houses the archives of Mack trucks.
Old Spokes Auto Museum
Official website: http://www.oldspokes.com
This small, private collection is ever-changing, but has many great examples of mostly Hudson cars, along with Essex and Terraplane vehicles to view at all times.
Frick Car & Carriage Museum
Official website: https://www.thefrickpittsburgh.org
Part of the Frick family heritage, this small car and carriage museum in Pittsburgh allows you to travel back in time. You can see some of the first horseless carriages from the city and discover Pittsburgh’s role in developing the automotive industry.