The automobile is an incredible invention that has greatly evolved from the time it was created to the blueprints we have for the cars of tomorrow. At the America on Wheels Museum in Allentown, PA, guests can explore the rich history of America’s transportation industry in a 23,000 square foot facility that features interactive exhibits, art galleries, model cars, and more. There are so many amazing vehicles to see, and since it’s just a 15-minte drive from the Sayre Mansion, you’ll definitely want to add this stop to your itinerary! Here’s what you’ll find at the America on Wheels Museum.
What to Expect at the America on Wheels Museum
As soon as you walk into the lobby of the museum, you’ll be greeted by beautiful 1950s show cars with their long and sleek chrome exteriors. You’ll also find an array of vehicles that hold a special significance in history, such as hot rods, sports cars, and emergency vehicles. In the lobby’s interactive exhibit, guests can learn more about the museum, have pictures taken in the driver’s seat of an Indy racecar, and discover how vehicles have strengthened communities over the course of America’s history.
This gallery features an extensive collection of historic trucks produced by Mack Truck Inc., including three new antiques, one of the first models of an enclosed cab, and an array of motorized and self-propelled bikes. Feel free to practice your driving in the interactive exhibit, or test your knowledge about auto tools and their functions. To learn more about the company, be sure to check out the Mack Truck Museum just 15 minutes away!
In the North Gallery, guests can travel back in time and experience what life was like in our country many years ago. This exhibit spans over 150 years of history and showcases some of the first cars in America’s automobile inventory. Start with a look at the original horseless vehicle, invented in 1889, and travel along the timeline until you’re standing in front of the most recent options for transportation today. In the interactive exhibits, you can discover what the future plans are for vehicles in America and even design your own car!
Long Haul Room Art Gallery
Even those who don’t know the first thing about motor vehicles will find entertainment in this museum! The Long Haul Room houses the Guinness Advertising Art Exhibit, which displays original paintings used for the British automotive industry’s advertisements and posters. The posters were used after the war and date all the way back to 1949.
Modeled after a classic 1950s drive-in cafe, the Hubcap serves ice cream cones, milkshakes, and even delicious soda floats! Guests can use the space for meetings, parties, or other events April through December.
America on Wheels Museum Events
Every year, several special events are held at the museum such as a heavy equipment petting zoo, “Car TUNES” Along the Waterfront, wine and chocolate tastings, a bulldog beauty contest, and more! Plus, the museum rotates some of their exhibits, so you’ll never have the same experience twice. Be sure to keep an eye out for specials including BOGO ticket deals, free senior tickets, and free ice cream from the Hubcap Cafe!
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Situated in the heart of the Lehigh Valley, our Bethlehem bed and breakfast is the perfect place to return to after a trip to the museum. Our luxurious rooms and suites provide a comfortable, peaceful retreat, and a delicious breakfast in the morning will have you fueled up and ready for a day of fun. We can’t wait to hear about your adventures!
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