Category archives: Museums

Alcatraz East Crime Museum opens with notorious cars

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John Dillinger’s 1933 Essex Terraplane | Alcatraz East Museum photos

Disguised as a 19th century prison inspired by the historic Alcatraz in San Francisco Bay, Alcatraz East resides near the Margaritaville Hotel and Paula Deen’s Family Kitchen in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee.  Within the two-story museum’s 24,000-square-feet of space are more than 100 interactive exhibits covering the history of American crime, and the consequences of crime. among other things.

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Museums start new year with new exhibits

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“Whats in your barn?” theme of last years exhibit | National Packard Museum photos

The National Packard Museum opens its “British Invasion” annual motorcycle exhibit Saturday. The exhibit is in its 17th year and will run through May 27.

The Henry Ford Museum in Dearborn, Michigan, has the hoods up on its cars to “expose the engines” through February 28.  Continue reading

After 9 decades, family gives Renault racer to Simeone museum

1907 Renault was one of the cars ordered byWilliam K. Vanderbilt | Simone museum photo
1907 Renault was one of the cars ordered byWilliam K. Vanderbilt | Simone museum photo

The Simeone Museum has received what it is calling a “landmark gift,” an iconic 1907 Renault Racing Roadster given to the museum by its owner for the past nine decades.

“The story of this wonderful gift requires a bit of explanation, which we proudly reiterate,” the museum said in its news release. Continue reading

2016 top stories: 9 – LeMay Museum’s The Drive Home

The LeMay Museum’s 1966 Ford Mustang, 1962 Chrysler 300G  and 1957 Chevy Nomad take a break in the snow | William Hall photos.
The LeMay Museum’s 1966 Ford Mustang, 1962 Chrysler 300G and 1957 Chevy Nomad take a break in the snow | William Hall photos.

When the LeMay-America’s Car Museum in Tacoma, Washington, announced last December that it would be driving three classic American cars – a 1961 Chrysler 300G, a 1966 Mustang 289 Coupe, and a 1957 Chevy Nomad – 3,000 miles through winter weather to the North American International Auto Show in Detroit, public reaction was fairly predictable.

Critics decried the perceived abuse of such fine vintage vehicles, and dismissed The Drive Home as a publicity stunt. Guilty: as a non-profit that relies on donations from private and corporate sponsors, this museum and others like it are always looking for ways to generate attention, goodwill and operating endowments to stay alive. Continue reading

Museums: Corvette Hall of Fame inductees announced

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Skydome with Hall of Fame banners | NCM photos

The National Corvette Museum in Bowling Green, Kentucky, has announced the Inductees for the 20th annual Corvette Hall of Fame ceremony, set for September 1, 2017, as part of the museum’s 23rd anniversary celebration.

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2016 top stories: 10 – Automobiles in art museums

Sculptural curves grace the tail fins of the Alfa Romeo 'BAT' cars at the Frist museum in Nashville | Larry Edsall photo
Sculptural curves grace the tail fins of the Alfa Romeo ‘BAT’ cars at the Frist museum in Nashville | Larry Edsall photos

The collector car community and the nation’s art museums both owe a huge “thank you” to Ken Gross, who not only has found a way to convince those museums to display classic cars just as they showcase Renoirs or Picassos, Rodins or Calders, but also a way to convince owners of some of the most exotic and expensive of collector cars to release them to those museums for several months at a time. Continue reading

Historic rally group celebrates 30th anniversary

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Classic Rally car from first race | British Motor Museum photos

Celebrating its 30th anniversary, the Historic Rally Car Register returns to the British Motor Museum in England on January 14 for “Open Day,” a chance for enthusiasts to connect with the cars, drivers and those who organize rally events in the United Kingdom.

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AACA Museum comments on ‘merger situation’

Staff at AACA Museum (above) say it offered land on its campus for new AACA headquarters | AACA Museum photo
Staff at AACA Museum (above) say it offered land on its campus for new AACA headquarters | AACA Museum photo

(Editor’s note: Classic Car News received a response Tuesday from the AACA Museum to recent reports about the end of merger talks with the Antique Automobile Club of America. We share that response below.)

The old car hobby recently learned of the Antique Automobile Club of America’s decision to defund and end formal relations with the AACA Museum.  The two organizations have been in merger negotiations for approximately two and one half years and at one point had a jointly signed letter of intent to move forward.  The Club reneged on their commitment and ultimately rejected a total of 11 different proposals from the Museum before announcing their decision to end the relationship. Continue reading

Kids will meet classics at NextGen Autofest

Former GM design head Ed Wilburn leads Hagerty Test Garage session at Hershey | Hagerty photo
Former GM design head Ed Wilburn leads Hagerty Test Garage session at Hershey | Hagerty photo

‘There is a popular belief that young people don’t like cars anymore,” said McKeel Hagerty, chief executive of his family-owned collector car insurance and valuation-tracking company.

“We see a different story,” he continued. “While attitudes and preferences do change with each generation, we see a very large and growing population of young people who are interested and want to get involved with automotive activities. Because of this, we are excited to partner with the Arizona Concours’ NextGen Autofest to foster the magic connection between people and cars.“ Continue reading

Toyota hides its treasures in plain sight

Some of the wonderful preserved cars on display in the Toyota museum | Nick Kurczewski
Some of the wonderful preserved cars on display in the Toyota museum | Nick Kurczewski

You could drive by Toyota’s automotive treasure chest a million times and never know it was there. Snug in an industrial estate in Torrance, California, surrounded by innocuous boxy buildings with huge “Self-storage” signs on the front, the Toyota USA Automobile Museum could double as a secret headquarters for a James Bond villain. Continue reading