Virtual Tour – Use the arrows to move around the Museum
A trip to the AACA Museum, Inc. in Hershey, Pennsylvania is a journey of discovery for everyone. The Museum’s original and restored vintage vehicles are displayed in elaborate scenes that bring the history of the automobile to life. From a tiny machine shop in turn-of-the-century New York to the asphalt apron of San Francisco’s Golden Gate Bridge, the Museum’s main floor exhibit gallery invites the visitor to move through time and space on a tour from the automobile’s blacksmith shop beginnings to a time and place where the car was king. The AACA Museum, Inc. is also home to the world’s largest collection of Tucker ’48 automobiles on permanent display in the Cammack Tucker Gallery. This gallery houses an amazing three Tucker ’48 automobiles, several experimental Tucker engines, the factory test chassis and even the original barn door to the Tucker family farm. Of the original 51 Tuckers Produced, 47 still exist today, three of which are on view here. Tucker #1001 was the very first production Tucker and Tucker #1026 Tucker, the only surviving Tucker with an automatic transmission.
NEW for 2017 we’ve added the Williams-Clyne Gateway Gallery as an entry gallery in the main level. This gallery will be a changing exhibit space where we’re able to partner with a variety of marque clubs, and other automotive organizations to showcase an even broader display of vehicles. The National Corvette Restorers (NCRS) is the first display with three award-winning Corvettes on view through mid-April of 2018.
The journey continues beyond the main exhibit — into a changing exhibit gallery designed to showcase short term displays that range from Model T’s to Muscle Cars. Moving to the Lower Level reveals a new set of spaces to be explored, including Flo’s restored 1941 Valentine Diner (relocated from Wichita, Kansas). It’s a walk-in time capsule of a period when coffee cost a dime and the waitress placed an order for ham and eggs by calling to the cook for “pigs and chickens on a raft.”
Parked next to Flo’s are a dozen vehicles owned by the Museum of Bus Transportation — they’re the largest collection of historic buses under roof in the United States. When viewed along with the 100-foot timeline mounted on the rear wall, they tell the story of an industry that carried four generations of Americans across town and across the country.
The Lower Level also includes an ever-changing variety of vehicles that are too interesting or unique to be kept in collection storage. You may find an early “funeral car” (hearse) built from a carriage body and an REO truck), the Rolls-Royce Silver Spur factory Limousine once owned by Whitney Houston or many other interesting vehicles.
For children, this is the place to get up close and personal with automotive stuff. In the activity room, younger visitors can do a crayon rubbing of an antique license plate and engage in a variety of hands-on projects and activities. At the Photo Stop, kids of all ages can dress up in period clothing and have their picture taken sitting a vintage vehicle. Our Roads to Rails train room has dozens of buttons to push making each scene of the display come alive with interactive elements.
The finishing touch to any museum visit is a trip to the Retail Store. Featuring exciting and unusual items such as Garage Décor, Auto Care, Collectibles, Books, DVD’s, models, toys and much more – There’s something for everyone! Many items from the store are also available online – simply click on the store button at the top of the page.
Come to Hershey, Pennsylvania, and Cruise through time with us at the AACA Museum, Inc.