With summer coming, you'll likely be on the road for much more. Summer road trips are a great American pastime. If you are also a car lover, consider making your destination one or more of the great car museums scattered across the country.
“It is important for people to understand our automotive history,” said Mary Ann Burnshak, president of the National Association of Automobile Museums. “The car has changed and continues to change the way we live. … When people visit our museums, they will learn something new.”
1. The Antique Automobile Club of America Museum
The Antique Automobile Club of America Museum in Hershey, Pennsylvania, is building its permanent collection as a road trip from New York to San Francisco, starting with vehicles from the 1890s and ending with '80s models by the time spectators reached the West Coast. The museum, affiliated with the Smithsonian Institution, displays restored cars, buses, and motorcycles and changes exhibits frequently.
Current exhibits include “Early Off-Road”, which shows an introduction to today's sport utility vehicle, the Ford Jeep, developed for the US Army in 1940 during World War II. The exhibition also showcases famous successors such as the Ford Bronco, and concludes with examples of the earliest SUVs.
Located about two hours north of Baltimore off Interstate 83 and two hours east of Philadelphia off Interstate 76, the museum is one of the many things to do in Hershey, including the Hershey Chocolate Tour, which is Children's favorite.
2. National Corvette Museum
houses a museum National Corvette in Bowling Green, Kentucky 115,000 square feet of everything Corvette, the Chevrolet sports car that was first built in 1953. In 2014, the museum attracted national attention when a hole opened under the building and swallowed eight of the 80 Cruisers on display. All vehicles have been restored and restored, and interest has increased attendance. Since 1981. In fact, Chevrolet offers Corvette buyers the opportunity to pick up in the museum. The company offers buyers and their guests a private tour of both the museum and the factory.
The National Corvette Museum is located just one hour north of Nashville and two hours south of Louisville, Kentucky, off Interstate 65.
3. Automotive Hall of Fame
celebrates Hall of Fame Auto celebrities have everything to do with cars, from the inventors and innovators to the cars themselves and the people who raced with them and even sold them. The Hall of Fame houses a library containing archival materials relating to volunteers and the history of automobiles in general. Located in Dearborn, Michigan, a suburb of Detroit and about 300 miles from both Chicago and Indianapolis, it is a city that has its own rich automobile history, albeit more than the diversity of racing.
The Automotive Hall of Fame is located across from the Henry Ford parking lot, which includes the Henry Ford Museum, Greenfield Village and the Ford Rouge Factory.
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4. The Petersen Automotive Museum
The Petersen Automotive Museum in Los Angeles is one of the largest of this collection. The museum completed a $90 million renovation late last year and now displays more than 100 vehicles. In the Vault below the main floor of the museum, you'll find nearly 150 other models, spanning a hundred years of automobile history. It can be viewed for an additional fee.
Among the many current exhibits are “Rolling Sculpture,” a celebration of high-design cars for connoisseurs built since the 1920s, and “Hot Rods & Customs,” featuring a selection of highly original cars. Enthusiasts who love low-speed machines use aftermarket equipment to create one-of-a-kind cars that become expressions of their own style, which this exhibition honors.
“We believe Petersen is one of the best car experiences in the world,” says Terry L. Karges, CEO of the Petersen Automotive Museum. “Our guests will experience the most technologically advanced storytelling capabilities of any museum. Almost of any kind in the world.”
The museum is located just two miles off Interstate 10 and about 50 miles north of Anaheim, California. You may also want to visit the Mullen Automotive Museum in Oxnard, California, and the Mullen Automobile Museum in Oxnard, California. California 66 in Victorville, CA
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