Visit Swigart Museum

Plan Your Visit Now

The Swigart Museum will reopen on May 25th, 2019

*We are spending the winter months preparing all new displays of automobiles 2019 season*

Visitor Information

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.

Our Location

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.

Amenities

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.

coupon

Simply print the coupon, or download the coupon onto your phone, bring the coupon to the museum, and save 50 cents off regular admission fees.

Herbie The Love Bug

Herbie The Love Bug is on display at the museum. This Herbie was in two of the Herbie movies. Herbie is a favorite of all ages. Come find out which movies our Herbie starred in when you visit Swigart Museum.

On Display

Tucker #1031

Our #1013 Tucker '48 is on Display for all our Tucker fans. Our Tucker #1013 was featured in 1988 film. You can learn more about this car by visiting the museum. Be sure to visit our gift shop where you can purchase "Tucker The Man and His Dreams" now available on Blu-ray.

On Display

Come Experience Automotive History at The Swigart Museum

Founded in 1920, The Swigart Museum is the oldest automobile museum in the United States and is dedicated to the collection, preservation, and celebration of the automobile and memorabilia.

Make your plans today to come and learn about the historical significance of the automobile and see our wonderful displays, where you will see many one-of-a-kind automobiles.
The William E. Swigart, Jr. Automobile Museum is a 501(c)(3) non-profit museum dedicated to the preservation and history of the American automobile history. Our remarkable collections have existed for more than 98 years, beginning as a private passion of our founder W. Emmert Swigart. His son, William E. Swigart, Jr., fell under the spell of these wonderful machines and built up the collection to about 150 cars, of which 30 to 35 are on display at the museum at one time. Some are one-of-a-kind such as the 1936 Duesenberg 12 cylinder Gentlemen's Speedster, the 1920 Carroll, and the 1916 Scripps-Booth.

The museum is accented with even more history. The automotive license plate and radiator emblem collections are believed to be the largest in the world. Automobile lights and horns, bicycles, toys, vintage clothing, and memorabilia are on display throughout the museum. In addition, a gift shop stocked with automobile related products for young and old alike makes a visit to the William E. Swigart, Jr. Automobile Museum a uniquely entertaining and educational experience for all members of the family.


The museum is open daily from Memorial Day weekend through the end of October.

"We Hope To See You Down The Road."