Swigart Museum

12031 William Penn Hwy, Huntingdon, PA 16652 - United States




When you visit the museum you will learn about the historical significance of the automobile, while viewing our many displays, and our one-of-a-kind automobiles in our collection.

Our automobile collection was started in 1920, just 25 years after the first patented combustion engine automobile. It was started as a collection that was made available for public viewing during business hours at Swigart Associates. It was later registered as a separate automobile museum, which is still thriving today. The Swigart Museum collection contains automobiles and carriages dating back to 1896. You can see between 30 to 35 automobiles on display each year at the museum, which includes a featured display of one of our special automobiles.

The museum is more than just cars. The Swigart Museum features the excitement of early automobile racing and old cars that are depicted in prints, paintings, and photographs from renowned automobile artists such as Ernest Montaut and Peter Helck. In what is believed to be the largest collection of automobile emblems, badges, and license plates in the country, familiar labels from Ford, Packard, and Oldsmobile are displayed alongside the emblems of forgotten models. Our license plate exhibit represents every state in the union and includes only a fraction of the plates in the museum's collection. This important collection of automobilia also includes automobile lamps and horns, hood ornaments, and other accessories that added to the pleasure of driving. One corner is devoted to a collection of vintage Fisher-Price toys, including classics such as the Snoopy Sniffer and the Corn Popper push toy. Everything from wooden pull toys offered during the company's first year (1931) to toys popular a decade ago brings to mind the pleasure of these childhood favorites.


On display this year you will see two Tucker's, The 1947 "Tin Goose" Tucker Prototype, and Tucker #1031, which was featured in the movie "Tucker: The Man and His Dream." Also on display is movie car "Herbie The Love Bug," which was featured in the first and second Herbie The Love Bug movies. Although two of our cars on display were movie stars we consider all of our cars to be exceptional like our 1910 Buick Five Passenger Phaeton that was part of President Theodore Roosevelt's campaign parades. The one of a kind 1936 Duesenberg Prototype "Gentleman's Speedster" and a 1908 Studebaker Electric, Twelve Passenger Congressional Bus, One of two constructed for government. A 1916 Scripps-Booth Town Car, specially built for Eleanora Sears, the great-great-granddaughter of Thomas Jefferson, widely considered to be America's first female athlete. In addition to these we have many exceptional 30 to 35 cars on display, we have unique car badges, automobilia items, bicycles, toys including Fisher Price, windup toys, Franklin Mint Models, and much more.

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