Current Exhibits


The American obsession with all things British rose to new heights in the 1960's. American fans went wild for bands like the Beatles and the Rolling Stones, while film characters like James Bond fueled intrigue with the dashing Aston Martin. On the roadway, UK autos were always desirable for import. From luxurious early touring models to post - war efficient micro cars. Meet some lesser known British makes like Austin, Bristol, Wolseley, and Sunbeam - Talbot.


Is it a car or is it art? Early roots in carriage design informed the style and glamour of automotive design. In this era, the rule of form follows function led to many iconic automobile designs of the 20th century. Engineering, innovation and bespoke coachwork are hallmarks of these luxurious pre - war American and European touring models. Let us know what you think.. art or car?


In the late 1940's and early 50's, post war Europe saw a shortage in manufacturing materials. The devastating war also left consumers and companies strapped for cash and the need to economize. To answer the call for new vehicles, auto makers developed the micro car. Billed as a low - cost, efficient family car, these autos saved the big car companies from going out - of - business and gave much needed jobs to soldiers and civilians rebuilding their communities.


Visitors love to explore Maine's natural splendor and solitude. We have a coastline longer than California, with lakes, mountains, and deep forests. Maine is truly a spectacular Vacationland. Even today, Maine ranks as the most rural state in the nation, according to the US Census Bureau. That means there's lots of open road to cover in the Pine Tree State. In the mid-20th century, the woody was a popular hospitality vehicle for Maine's hotels, inns, camps, and parks. Alas for the Maine timber industry, the most popular wood used on cars was not pine, but ash birch, and mahogany. This exhibit features some of the rarest woody varieties.


Preston Tucker built the world's safest car, with revolutionary new technology that promised to turn the automotive industry upside down. The Tucker featured a rear mounted engine, a padded dash, and a Cyclops Eye (a movable center third headlight) among other innovations. But corporate fear and government interference crushed the dream and only 51 Tucker cars were built. Today, they are the holy grail of classic car collecting.


America dominated the global automotive industry in the 20th century. Starting with the mass production of Henry Ford's Model T, nothing changed America's way of life more than the automobile. This exhibit features some of the nation's favorite cars from the golden age of motoring, from 1913 to 1963. See car companies of yesteryear, including Packard, Studebaker, Kaiser, Hudson, Nash, and Edsel. Massive chrome land yachts ruled the day, with new models introduced every year. The USA was the world leader by far.


Happy Camper: In the 1950's, the Johnson family of Sanford, Maine hitched up a teardrop Kit Kamper trailer, called the "Wandering Caboose", and drove it across North America on multiple family vacations. Russell Johnson cataloged their adventures in photographs and audio recordings. Joining him were his wife, Elizabeth and their three children Nancy, John and Lloyd.


The invention of the horseless carriage drove mans need for speed. Since then, engineers and backyard inventors looked for ways to build faster more stylized models. The sport of racing has further shaped designs for mass production. With Formula 1 and NASCAR gaining traction globally, automotive makers have dueled for supremacy on the racetracks. This exhibit showcases models created to quench the thirst for speed.