April 24, 2017 (Hershey, PA). The Antique Automobile Club of America (AACA) Museum is thrilled to report positive benchmarks in all areas for the first quarter of 2017. The Museum is optimistic for the year ahead and thankful to supporters whose contributions are allowing us to announce the new Clyne Gateway Exhibition Gallery project.
AACA Museum’s President Henry W. “Hank” Hallowell, shared upbeat performance benchmarks for the AACA Museum during the recent Board of Director’s Meeting held on April 15th. “It’s exciting to share the good news that the AACA Museum is up in all operating areas reported for 2017” stated Hallowell. “Attendance is up 10.4% compared to the same time frame in 2016” continued Hallowell “Vehicle donations are currently up 300% over 2016 which includes both automobiles and motorcycles.” Vehicle donations include those from both AACA members and non-AACA Members.
“Annual membership categories also have seen increases with a 71.4% increase in our 161 Society, a 14% increase in our Family memberships and a 15% increase in our individual memberships.” “We’re very grateful to all of our members who continue to support the AACA Museum” stated Hallowell “Members are enjoying the variety of exhibits and events that the Museum has to offer and memberships are a great value allowing admission and events throughout the year.” We have a slate of three fantastic new exhibits that begin in mid-May that guests will be able to enjoy all summer including Garage Finds: Unrestored Treasures that Survived Time; Detroit Underdogs, in cooperation with Hemmings Classic Car, and a 50th Anniversary celebration of Camaros & Firebirds. The diversity of our collections, exhibits, and events appeals to a wide audience of enthusiasts.
Donations for the annual appeal have increased by 17.9% along with a 36% increase in the number of donors. The average donation is up slightly more than 15%. Donation figures are compared to 2014 end of year appeal which was similar in scope and timing to the 2016 campaign. Support via donations includes many from Pennsylvania, but also from further away: New Jersey, New York, Virginia, Maryland, Connecticut, Florida, Massachusetts, North Carolina, Iowa, Illinois and Tennessee among others.
This successful annual appeal was aimed at raising funds for an exciting new project entitled the Clyne Gateway Exhibition Gallery. The Museum’s Clyne Gallery is the visitor’s entry portal to the Museum. The Gateway Project will turn this space into a vintage automobile dealership façade, complete with chrome and glass. Inside will be space for two to three vehicles, artifacts and automotive advertising. The Museum plans to put the new, attractive space to an innovative use. “There are many marque clubs and automotive organizations that have outstanding educational resources and no place to exhibit them” says AACA Museum Executive Director, Jeffrey Bliemeister. “This space will be dedicated to serving that audience and used to build relationships between the Museum and the automotive community it serves. We envision the space commemorating automotive milestones and anniversaries and providing exposure to the rich array of clubs that can be found throughout this vibrant hobby.” This space will be available on a scheduled basis upon its completion later this year. The AACA Museum invites inquiries from automotive clubs and organizations and will produce a full press release along with renderings as we near completion of the gallery.
The AACA Museum would like to thank everyone who continues to support the Museum through monetary donations, membership and vehicle donations. We would also like to thank those AACA Members and Regions who have continued their support of the AACA Museum this year. All AACA Members and AACA Museum Members continue to receive complimentary admission to the AACA Museum by showing their current membership card upon arrival.
About the AACA Museum
The AACA Museum, a Smithsonian Affiliate, displays beautifully restored automobiles, buses, and motorcycles in unique life-like scenes representing the 1890s – 1980s in a cross-country journey from New York to San Francisco. This Museum, a 501(c) (3) non-profit organization, is known to be one of the largest automotive museums. Special exhibits change several times a year and focus on a variety of eras and types of vehicles. The AACA Museum is home to the Cammack Tucker Collection; the World’s largest and most prestigious permanent collection of Tucker Automobiles and related artifacts. The Museum is in South Hanover Township, located just off Route 39, one mile west of Hersheypark Drive, Hershey, Pennsylvania. Regular admission $12, seniors age 61 and older $11, juniors age 4-12 $9, children age 3 and under and AACA Members are FREE. The Museum is open daily from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM. For further information, please call 717-566-7100 or visit www.AACAMuseum.org.