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Autos in Acrylics – Automotive Fine Art by Dan Reed

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Autos in Acrylics – Automotive Fine Art by Dan Reed

September 25 – November 6, 2015 Dan began drawing at a young age thanks to the encouragement of his grandfather, who painted scenes in and around his home town of Philadelphia. His influence also inspired Dan’s brothers, Trevor and Jason, who are also artists. Dan studied art at West Chester University in the early 1990s. During that time, the university commissioned a series of four pen & ink illustrations depicting some of the original 19th century buildings on campus. That pretty much started the ball rolling. He continued to explore many pen & ink techniques and soon began adding color with pencils and water color before developing what today is his specialty, acrylic painting. Having a life-long interest in cars, it was only natural for Dan to incorporate the automobile as a key subject in his artwork. For about a dozen years, while working a day job as a...

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Spirit of the Halloween Season

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Spirit of the Halloween Season

October 17 – October 31 The AACA Museum is getting into the Halloween spirit!   We will be showcasing a variety of black and orange vehicles in our main exhibit gallery along with a1924 REO wooden body funeral hearse. We also have a special Trunk or Treat program for kids 12 and under on Saturday, October 24th from 12 – 3PM where you decorate your own treat bag then visit many treat stations throughout the Museum.   We even have a large inflatable haunted house!   Learn More>>...

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It’s a Small World: Micro & Mini Cars

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It’s a Small World:  Micro & Mini Cars

November 21 – April 22, 2016 “Awww…it’s so cute!” If you own a Corvette or a pickup truck, this is the last thing you want to hear someone say about your ride. But like puppies, kittens, bite-sized desserts and other diminutive obsessions, micro- and mini-cars often elicit this same response.   The AACA Museum’s newest exhibit, “It’s a Small World”, treasures and welcomes this tiniest sector of the car collecting world. By recognizing that not everything needs to be BIG, the Museum has carefully selected a variety of these microscopic machines that are sure to make visitors crack a smile, point and giggle, and snap a selfie or two.   They say that the best things come in small packages – this exhibit will feature a variety of micro and mini cars that are sure to delight! Featured Vehicles: 1937 Fiat Topolino 1947 Crosley 1963 VW Beetle 1967 NSU...

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Cars & Christmas at the AACA Museum

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Cars & Christmas at the AACA Museum

November 21 – January 3, 2016 Our celebration to get you into the holiday spirit featuring dozens of themed decorated Christmas trees, unusual vehicles, vintage toys and cars, Hess Truck display, Model Train exhibits, Sammy the 29ft. snow plow, Grinch Scavenger Hunt and much more!  Each year we partner with schools in the community to have students decorate a themed Christmas Tree with ornaments they create.   Guests vote on their favorites throughout the holiday season.   The top 3 schools will receive gift cards. We’ve got a few new surprises for 2015!   First, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang – the US National Broadway Tour prop car!   Chitty Chitty Bang Bang is based upon a vintage racing car that was featured in many forms including the original novel by Ian Fleming, movie and stage productions. The inspiration for Chitty came from early racing cars and the sound that these cars made as...

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Pioneers in African-American Auto History

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February 1 – April 30, 2016 In salute of Black History Month, AACA Museum will present a history of the pioneering African-American community that contributed to the culture of the automobile industry. These men and women laid the foundation for others to pursue careers in such fields as franchised car dealers, designers, custom car builders, race car drivers and...

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Early Off-Roaders

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Early Off-Roaders

Vintage SUVs Featuring 50 Years of the Ford Bronco May 21 – October 15, 2016 Sport Utility Vehicles today are often more Luxury than Sport or Utility. Plush heated leather seats, automatic four-wheel-drive and power everything are the norm and often outsell the bread-and-butter sedans offered. Most never go off the pavement.   “It’s as faithful as a dog, as strong as a mule and agile as a goat.” – War correspondent Ernie Pyle describing the Jeep.   Years ago, it was a completely different mindset. Our world famous Jeep and the British Land Rover were borne from necessity. A military needed a rugged, capable vehicle to get from Point A to Point B when no roads connected the two. Farmers, ranchers, hunters and guides were desperate for something to reach places not on the map. Just ask Marlin Perkins from “Wild Kingdom”! Off-road traction and keen mechanical survival...

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