Our Go! Weekend Pick: Get Your Motor Running ~ America’s Packard Museum

<img style="margin: 5px; width: 275px; float: right;" alt="P1030051.png" src="” />Right here in our backyard of Dayton, Ohio, is a hidden gem for car enthusiasts. Named on the list of top 10 museums in the United States by Car Collector magazine in its January 1998 edition, The Citizen’s Motorcar Museum, better known as America’s Packard Museum can be found in downtown Dayton. Dedicated to showcasing the history of the Packard, car buffs will enjoy viewing over 50 prime examples of the legendary automobile.

Only two other museums in the United States are dedicated to exclusively showcasing the 59 year history of the Packard Motor Car Company.  America’s Packard Museum holds the distinction of being the only one of the 3 where the building that houses the museum is a piece of history in its own right. Originally built in 1917, the building was home to The Citizens Motorcar Company where back in the day, the people of Dayton came to purchase their new Packards.

The museum was the brain-child of Dayton-based attorney and long-time car collector Bob Signom.  It opened in 1992 and just 11 years later, in 2003, the Society of Automotive Historians acknowledged the museum’s excellent efforts to preserve motor vehicle resource materials, by awarding it the prestigious James J. Bradley Award. From 1982 – 2012, only 8 other United States museums have been similarly honored with this award.

Not only can the public, enjoy a walk through history by touring the museum, but they can also use the museum as a unique venue to host their next function.  One can easily imagine how spectacular a  wedding, corporate function or other gathering would be in a setting so steeped in history.  There are two locations available to rent.  The Main museum accommodates up to 200 for a sit-down dinner or 225 for a cocktail reception and the Packard Pavilion can comfortably hold up to 300 people.

Whether a person wants to travel through time in a small group or plan a wonderful event, America’s Packard Museum is a wonderful way to make memories and experience a slice of American history.

Hours
Monday – Friday 12-5 PM
Saturday and Sunday 1-5 PM

Admission
Adults $6.00
Seniors $5.00
Students $4.00

Address and Contact Information
420 S. Ludlow St.
Dayton, Ohio 45402
Office (937) 226-1710
Fax (937) 224-1918