The Swigart Museum contains one of the earliest American Automobile Collections, and it is the oldest automobile museum in the United States. The collection was started in 1920 by W. Emmert Swigart, and after his death in 1949 his son William E. Swigart Jr. who also had a passion for automobiles continued to expand the collection. The museum has been in its current location since August 3, 1957.
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. The museum also has the largest license plate collection in the world, along with the largest automobilia collection of emblems known in existence.
Our toy collection includes toys from the 1800's up through the late 1900's including a very large Fisher Price collection, a pedal car collection, and bicycles dating back to the early 1800's with our Bone Shaker, a must see.
There is something for everyone to enjoy at Swigart Museum and we rotate the displays every year to give our guests the opportunity to experience more of our collections. Some items are always on display like our gas ration stamp books and unique drivers licenses. The museum is filled with so much of our automotive history that will leave you amazed by the innovations through the decades.
Swigart Museum is located about five miles east of Huntingdon, in Huntingdon County Pennsylvania. Huntingdon County is located in the beautiful ridge and valley region of central Pennsylvania. Within 200 miles of many major Eastern cities, the Museum is an easy drive for a pleasurable day trip. Raystown Lake, Lincoln Caverns, the East Broad Top Railroad, and Penn State University are just a few of the other destinations nearby. Whether you're in the area to visit the Museum or planning an extended stay, you'll be pleasantly surprised at all the area has to offer!
Museum Gift Shop
No visit to the Museum would be complete without a stop at the gift shop, located just inside the front entrance. Stocked with a myriad of automobile related gifts and collectibles, the gift shop has something for everyone. We offer personalized shipping of any item for gift giving. We are proud distributor for Meguiar's car care products, the trusted experts in surface care since 1901.
The large parking area can accommodate vehicles towing trailers or boats, with handicap spaces conveniently located near the entrance.
Our museum park features a large gazebo, picnic tables and shaded lawn is available for those who desire to bring a picnic lunch. Water and sodas are available for purchase at the Museum Gift Shop.
Three restaurants are located within one mile of the Museum, with other dining options available closer to Huntingdon. For more information about dining, lodging, or shopping is available at The Huntingdon County Visitor's Bureau
or on our Area Features page.
There's something for everyone of all ages to enjoy at the museum.
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