Monday, November 14, 2016

Hershey's Antique Automobile Club of America Museum Offers a Little Something for Everyone

Aficionados come from miles around to enjoy the outstanding collection of automobiles on display at the Antique Automobile Club of America Museum (AACA) in Hershey.  I visited the museum on assignment and because I'm no enthusiast, I was surprised to enjoy the tour as much as I did. It was both interesting and enlightening.
Hershey car museum
The Hershey Antique Automobile Club of America (Photo courtesy of the AACA)
The AACA welcomes nearly 70,000 guests per year, with rotating exhibits to keep visitors coming back. Volunteer John Marsh said, "We rotate our cars in and out, so people can see something new every time."

The three-story,70,000 square foot building houses nearly 100 cars and visitors follow a timeline that progresses through the years starting with an Early Model T.
Model T
Car pictured against a backdrop of the town of Hershey, Pennsylvania
A permanent exhibit, which fascinates many visitors, features the world's largest collection of Tucker 48 automobiles built by Preston Tucker, a forward-thinking entrepreneur from Michigan. To learn more about Tucker and his creativity and ingenuity, consider viewing Francis Ford Coppola's 1988 film, "Tucker: The Man and His Dream." The three vehicles on display at the AACA include the first 'production' prototype, along with number 1022 and 1026--the only Tucker built with an automatic transmission. Tucker crafted each stylish car by hand and touted them as "the car of tomorrow." Today only 27 are known to exist.
Red Tucker Auto in Hershey Museum
Rare Tucker automobiles on display at the AACA

Tucker car
Tucker car

The AACA is also home to the largest collection of antique buses under one roof. Located on the lower level, the collection includes a 1912 White SF 1038PA bus run by Martz Lines, a 1915 white 15-45 Fullington Autobus Co (Clearfield, Pa) and a 1924 Fageol Safety Coach 12-B.
bus
Old Continentall Trailways bus
The AACA is home to the largest collection of antique buses under one roof.
Also on the lower level is a cute, compact diner, which dates back to the 1940s. The restored eatery, once known as the Flo-Inn Cafe, was transported from Wichita, Kansas and was in operation until the 1980s. You can read more about the Flo-Inn Cafe here.
Old diner
The Flo-Inn Cafe from Witchita Kansas

If you're trying to think of something different to do with the family during the holidays, the AACA is a good choice. The annual "Cars and Christmas" celebration features a vintage Hess toy truck display, a Grinch scavenger hunt and Sammy the 29-ton Snow Plow greets children at the front of the museum.  A perennial favorite for children of all ages is the popular 12-foot-fall, 26-foot long, custom-made Kissmobile cruiser which resembles three Hershey's Kisses and is parked at the main entrance.  An interactive custom train display designed under the leadership of founder Ed Maloy, is also a hit with the little ones.
Kissmobile
The famous "Kissmobile"
You can take a limited virtual tour of the AACA by clicking here, or learn more by visiting their website at www.aacamuseum.org.




4 comments:

  1. What's sad is that i've lived in central pa my whole life and i still havent been there. i def gotta go soon!
    XO Ellen from Ask Away
    www.askawayblog.com

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    1. It really is worth a visit and they decorate for the holidays.

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