The Museum of Automobiles is a fun stop when visiting the wonderful Petit Jean Mountain State Park in Arkansas. The state park is free to visit so the $10 price tag to this smaller automobile museum stings a lot less when we combined the two destinations. On our particular visit this last summer we had the whole museum to ourselves. The people running the cash register were very friendly and the Museum of Automobiles had several unique and historic cars in their 49 car 7 motorcycle transportation collection. Situated on top of Petit Jean Mountain the Museum of Automobiles is housed in uniquely designed building with series of flowing fountains in front. One would not imagine an automobile museum located in a state park, but we were sure glad that it was. After a long hot summer morning of hiking and seeing the sites of Petit Jean we enjoyed the air-conditioned confines of the Museum of Automobiles. Besides the cool AC, the cars were a joy to look at and it made for a refreshing treat in the afternoon.
Going in we did not have real high expectations for the place. Who would have thought that such a nice museum would be out in the middle of the woods. It took us a while to eventually decide to go because we originally saw the building during our first drive through visit to Petit Jean a few years ago. When we found ourselves driving through the area we decided to give the Museum of Automobiles our time. The collection of automobiles generally runs early 1900s to the 1950s with a few from the 60s. So not your classic muscle car museum, but that is ok. There were several unique cars that we have not seen at any other museum. Some of these unique treasures include a 1904 Oldsmobile, a 1923 Climber phaeton, 1941 Willys Americar Plainsman, and 1929 Marmon Coupe. The Museum of Automobiles also has some cars tied to historic people including a two different convertibles owned by past presidents (Kennedy and Clinton) and a 1967 Ranchero pick-up truck owned by Elvis Presley. Besides the interesting collection of cars the museum also has an antique gun display, arcade machines from the early half of the 20th century, and an antique player piano that made my wife’s day.
The Museum of Automobiles was a fun visit that took about 45 minutes to go through. We enjoyed the AC for probably another 10 minutes before we headed back to Petit Jean State Park. It was a bit of an expensive hour of looking at antique cars. But the way that I see it, the state park is free so if you treat it like a combination visit then it really is not a bad price at all. We liked our visit and wish the museum was a bit bigger, but if you are interested in early 20th century automobiles then this is the museum for you. To see our reviews of other transportation museums click here The Museum of Automobiles
Located at Petit Jean Mountain State Park- 8 Jones Lane, Morrilton Arkansas
Hours of Operation: 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. every day of the week closed Christmas Day
Cost as of this Posting: Adults 18 to 65 $10.00, Seniors 65 and over $9.00, Children 6 to 17 $5.00
For more information visit their website at http://www.museumofautos.com/
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