Although there are museums and attractions throughout the state that contain antique cars, there is not one true public antique automobile museum in all of New Jersey. All museums are a necessity, for they play a vital role in the nation's educational system. They add a more tangible dimension to what can be learned from sitting in a classroom, or from watching TV. Our goals are to not only bring antique cars to a central viewing place, but to also preserve history, share that history, and take pride in a history that truly encouraged and shaped growth in New Jersey and this country.
Pioneer Village boasts one of the best and most historic car collection in the country. 350 automobiles mark their evolution, starting with an 1897 steam car. Follow each make in its year-by-year development.
From horse-drawn buggies to horseless carriages, Hastings Museum’s antique vehicles provide an intriguing look at the vehicles that have moved us for more than a century! This exhibit includes a homemade wooden bicycle, the first hearse in Adams County (built in the 1880s) and a 1912 Rauch and Lang automobile with an 80 volt electric motor.
For more than forty years, Stuhr Museum of the Prairie Pioneer has given visitors a glimpse of pioneer life. The auto display includes 15 antique automobiles, including buggies, a 1909 Model T, a 1913 Overland and a 1903 American. This exhibit reflects the birth and evolution of the state's agricultural heritage.
Yellowstone National Park's historic vehicle collection currently includes thirty horse-drawn and motorized vehicles. They range from stagecoaches operated by the Yellowstone Park Transportation Company (YPT Co., later the Yellowstone Park Company) and Monida and Yellowstone Stage Company (later the Yellowstone-Western Stage Company), to early YPT Co. touring cars, buses, and service trucks, to National Park Service (NPS) scooters and a fire engine.
The Montana Auto Museum offers a splendid display of automotive history. Too many to list, but too much to miss, is a visit to the car museum in the Old Prison Museum Complex. Over 160 cars are on display from classic Chevys and muscle cars to a Schacht high wheeler.
Patee House Museum features two full floors of exhibits. Inside Patee House, you can climb aboard an 1860 train and ride the vintage "Wild Thing" carousel. The museum also houses an 1877 railroad depot, stagecoach, cars, trucks, fire trucks, wagons, buggies and carriages, Jeeps, a racecar, horse-drawn hearses and a real gallows, a blacksmith shop, dressmaker's shop, model railroads, antique furniture and toys.