A few weeks ago when I was in Washington DC, I had the chance to stop by the Smithsonian National Museum of American History. I was very excited at the opportunity to see their America on the Move exhibit. It was a great display of the history of automobiles and showed not only the cars of various time periods, but the clothes and lifestyle too. While I loved the car exhibit, I have to say that my favorite part was a demo of a trolley car where they had a full size video playing. In the full size video two women from the first half of the 20th century were riding the trolley car and talking. You felt like you were really on the trolley car with them.
All around the country there are lots of great museum exhibits about cars, transportation and our roadway systems. On their Automobiles page The New York Times provides regional lists of museums related to cars from New York to Alaska and from Texas to Canada. Whether one of these is in your neighborhood or part of your next road trip, check them out to learn more about the design, use and love of cars in the U.S.
- Auto Museums in the Southwest (AZ, CA, NM)
- Auto Museums in the West (AK, CO, NV, UT, WA, WY, Western Canada)
- Auto Museums in the Deep South (AL, AR, LA, MS, OK, TX)
- Auto Museums in the South (FL, GA, KY, NC, SC, TN, VA)
- Auto Museums in the Midwest (IL, IN, IA, KS, MO, NE, SD, WI)
- Auto Museums in Ohio and Michigan (OH, MI)
- Auto Museums in New England and Eastern Canada (ME, MA, NH, RI, Eastern Canada)
- Auto Museums in the Mid-Atlantic (NJ, NY, PA, DC)
Which car museums have you seen? Which are your favorites?
Ellen T. suggested I add Fountainhead Antique Auto Museum in Fairbanks Alaska. Thanks Ellen!