How to Make the Most of Every Automotive Museum Trip

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How to Make the Most of Every Automotive Museum Trip

The US is home to many car lovers. Insights from Statista on the US automotive industry note that the country has the most extended road network worldwide at just under 6.6 million kilometers, so it’s no surprise that over 76% of Americans reported having access to their own car. As such, this has also led to many people supporting a thriving automotive industry — which includes automotive museums where car enthusiasts can pursue their interests. Any car lover would enjoy walking around car displays and taking pictures, but there are many other ways to maximize your car museum trip. Today, we’ll explore how to make the most of every automotive museum tour:

 

Know the free and discounted days

 

Other than researching the basics of the car museums you are interested in visiting, it can also help to know the free or discount days for specific car museums. Museums like The Simeone Foundation Automotive Museum offered free entry on this year’s Free Museum Day, for example, opening their doors to one of the world’s greatest collections of racing sports cars. Free and discounted days are an excellent opportunity to learn and appreciate the hobby without spending much money. You can even use the spare cash on merchandise or memorabilia. Keep an eye on your favorite car museum calendars and announcements, and remember that even if they’re not offering free entry, they may have discounts you could be eligible for.

 

Plan a research visit

 

For those genuinely passionate and nerdy about cars, museum libraries and archives offer a wealth of knowledge and insights into the past, present, and future of automobiles. Maryville University discusses how archives contain firsthand facts, data, and evidence from letters, reports, notes, memos, photographs, audio, web, and video recordings about the past. Car enthusiasts will enjoy film archives detailing the history of automobiles, right from the days of the classic cars. Museums, in particular, do a lot of archive work, and automotive museums are no different. The Antique Automobile Club of America (AACA) has a extensive Library & Research Center that goes up to three levels, featuring rotating exhibits, antique cars, as well as an archive of service manuals, shop manuals, and marque-specific books.

 

Enroll in free courses

 

Museum visits can feel like a passive experience if you’re only going from display to display and snapping photos. One ideal way to make museum visits more immersive and interactive is by joining workshops and courses. These allow you to have a hands-on experience that transforms your museum visit into a fun and educational one. The Petersen Automotive Museum recently announced its free car design course, making use of their in-house knowledge to teach not only auto design but the history of automobiles as well. Any car lover above the age of 13 years old can sign up for the free instruction, which will stay live until December 17, 2023.

 

Continue the discussion at home

 

Lastly, it may take some time before your next trip to an automotive museum. One of the best ways to enrich your day is by extending the discussion and experience beyond the actual museum. Spend time after each museum visit to discuss exciting or impressive displays with your friends or family. The best thing about learning is passing that knowledge on, after all. It would also be the perfect way to show off your pictures from the museum visit as you enhance these with the valuable things you’ve learned.

 

To summarize our post today, remember that proper research and planning can help you make the most of your next car museum trip. And to end your enlightening day at the museum, remember to use what you’ve learned by discussing anything interesting you came across with friends and loved ones. Like any other hobby, sharing it with those around you can bring so much joy.

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Evergreen Aviation & Space Museum

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At the Evergreen Aviation & Space Museum you’ll discover more than 150 aircraft, spacecraft, and exhibits that tell the story of flight and space exploration with unique historic artifacts, including American aviation icons like the Spruce Goose, SR-71 Blackbird, and the Titan II Space Launch Vehicle with its original launch room.

500 NE Captain Michael King Smith Way,
McMinnville, OR 97128
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Evergreen Aviation & Space Museum Admission:

Adults: $22
Seniors and Veterans: $16
Active Duty: Free
Youth (5 – 15): $10
Children (0-4):Free

Plan: 1-2hr

Evergreen Aviation & Space Museum Hours:

Daily 9 am – 5 pm

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Sanhe Classic Car Museum

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Sanhe Classic Car Museum

Sanhe Classic Car Museum is a private classic car museum with the largest number of “collection-class” classic cars in China with the most complete exhibition and multifunctional facility.

The museum is equipped with a classic car exhibition hall, anecdotal hall, temporary exhibition hall, research institute, library, retro street, art gallery, theater, children’s center, car theme cafe, souvenir shop, etc.

Concentrate on the collection, unlock the exhibition language, innovate the exhibition methods, release the value of the collection, connect with the audience in a close, understandable and relevant way, and be the guardian of the legacy of the automobile industry and the disseminator of the automobile culture.

新园南一路 新加坡工业园区 2号, 机场路 高新区,
Chengdu, Sichuan, China, 610065
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Sanhe Classic Car Museum Admission:

Adults: 60RMB
Children : 30RMB (height 1-1.4m)
Free entry for children under 1m, elderly over 65 years old, handicapped, and in service army personal with valid ID.Plan: 1-2hr

Sanhe Classic Car Museum Hours:

Tuesday – Sunday 9 am – 5 pm

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Automuseum Dr. Carl Benz

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The exhibits of Automuseum Dr. Carl Benz are shown in an open and spacious atmosphere in the halls of the historic Benz factory. The contemporary witnesses of this mobile past should remain within reach of the people of modern times as if the past decades had only been a moment. In our museum, you can read stories as documents of an epoch that determined the fast pace of our time through moving wheels

Ilvesheimer Str. 26,
68526 Ladenburg, Germany
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Automuseum Dr. Carl Benz Admission:

Adults €5
Kids €3

Plan: 1-2hr

Automuseum Dr. Carl Benz Hours:

Wednesday, Saturday  & Sunday 2 pm – 6 pm

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Foundation Auto Museum Volkswagen

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The past becomes tangible, memories are revived, emotions are brought to life, historic automobiles set the pulse racing, and a marque with history has one thing over its competitors – its credibility based on many years of trust. The saying at Volkswagen – it goes on and on and on – from the Beetle era continues to apply to the Golf in the modern age.

Only a few hundred metres separate the past and the future here. The Volkswagen AutoMuseum is situated near the Volkswagen factory where the latest Volkswagen models are produced. On an exhibition space covering some 5,000 square metres, a total of 130 vehicles provide a fascinating insight into the product history of Volkswagen. Among the main exhibits are many rare concept vehicles, prototypes and one-off models.

The Foundation Auto Museum Volkswagen was officially born on 25 April 1985. That is the date on which the technically and historically significant collection curated by the Volkswagen Group – housed in a former clothes factory with a certain industrial charm – was first opened to the public. On 1 January 1992 the museum was converted into a non-profit-making foundation: the Volkswagen AutoMuseum Foundation. In spring 2001 – at the same time as the ZeitHaus museum opened in the Autostadt – the museum concept was revamped and the decision was taken to concentrate solely on the Volkswagen marque, further enhancing the attractiveness of the exhibition.

Dieselstraße 35,
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Foundation Auto Museum Volkswagen Admission:

Normal price: € 8
Concessions: € 4
Families: € 20
Annual pass: € 40
Groups (from 10 people): € 4 per person
Guided tours (10–25 people, by prior arrangement): € 40

Plan: 1-2hr

Foundation Auto Museum Volkswagen Hours:

Tuesday – Sunday 10 am – 5 pm

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