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The Seal Cove Auto Museum

1414 Tremont Rd., Rt. 102, Seal Cove, ME 04612
207-244-9242
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Ranked #1 of 1 attractions in Seal Cove
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Museums
Owner description: The Seal Cove Auto Museum exhibits a wide variety of antique autos, from an 1899 Dedion Bouton to a 1924 Mercer, with a special emphasis on examples... more » Owner description: The Seal Cove Auto Museum exhibits a wide variety of antique autos, from an 1899 Dedion Bouton to a 1924 Mercer, with a special emphasis on examples from the "Brass Era" (1895-1917). Antique care enthusiasts as well as those who simply enjoy cars from the past will delight in the beauty, mystery and romance of this unique collection. Open Memorial Day weekend through Columbus Day weekend, 10-5, seven days a week. « less
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Huntington Station
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35 reviews 35 reviews
4 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014 NEW

What a charming little museum! We were greeted by a very nice staff member. After a nice conversation we went on to learn about the cars and automative history. We only spent about an hour but it was totally worth it.

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hrowan, Public Relations Manager at The Seal Cove Auto Museum, responded to this review

So glad you enjoyed your visit! I'm smiling at "just an hour" - we always advise visitors who come at the end of the day that they should plan on leaving themselves at least an hour to view the collection, and many people end up spending an entire morning or afternoon here, which is just fine by us. Those who... More

Pompey, New York
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56 reviews 56 reviews
14 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014 NEW

The collection of early and rare cars is excellent. Many of which have gone to the show in Pebble Beach, CA. Everything is pre 1929. Some of the cars on display are the only ones in the world. Several of the cars are brands that you do not typically hear of. They even have a Pierce Arrow motorcycle. The staff... More

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hrowan, Public Relations Manager at The Seal Cove Auto Museum, responded to this review

Yes we're quite proud of the uniqueness of our collection, and our staff so enjoy sharing that with others. In addition to taking a car to Pebble Beach in a few weeks, we have also been invited to exhibit a car at Misselwood this weekend, and will be attending additional shows in the fall, so keep an eye out for... More

Kenduskeag Maine
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11 reviews 11 reviews
4 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2014

Being a hudge moter head and in the automobile line of work i was happy to learn there was the seal cove auto musem, after finding this hidden jewel and paying my modest ticket fee i steped back into time when there were autos but no roads, with the museums staff as my guide i saw automobiles i had only... More

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hrowan, Public Relations Manager at The Seal Cove Auto Museum, responded to this review

Peter I'm glad you found us! It really is pretty amazing to be able to have history made so real by seeing these "primitive" cars, and thinking about how life and the role automobiles played in life was so different then. FYI the 1909 Locomobile did pretty well in the parade, it made it about three-quarters of the way through... More

Seattle, Washington
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11 reviews 11 reviews
5 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2014

Unique antique auto museum overlooking Seal Cove Pond and Western Mountain on Mount Desert Island, Maine, home of Acadia National Park. Great activities for every member in the family.

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hrowan, Public Relations Manager at The Seal Cove Auto Museum, responded to this review

Thanks for visiting Elizabeth! On sunny days I always am sure to bring my lunch outside to take in the awesome view myself. We hope our visitors take advantage of our location too, the picnic tables in front of the building are a great spot for an outdoor lunch before or after exploring our collection for those who bring sandwiches... More

Hudson, FL
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206 reviews 206 reviews
47 attraction reviews
124 helpful votes 124 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2014

It seemed like a long drive from Bar Harbor for this museum, but it was worth the trip, especially, obviously, if you're into that stuff. I am not but my husband has an interest in it. For me, the interesting part was the info about bicycling, and how it helped change women's lives in the 1800s. I also liked the... More

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hrowan, Manager at The Seal Cove Auto Museum, responded to this review

Thanks for visiting and for your review Barbara. Isn't that story about Bertha a great one! Even those who aren't necessarily "car people" tend to enjoy our Museum, because of the rich history and personal stories associated with the auto industry and the cars themselves. It's these wonderful stories that first drew me to the Auto Museum myself! Hope Digital... More

Bedford, New Hampshire
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28 reviews 28 reviews
14 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2014

This place is absolutely amazing. It is kind of out of the way, seemingly in the middle of nowhere, and doesn't look like much from the outside when you finally get here. Inside it is incredible, with amazing cars and motorcycles. Family of 4 cost me $22, best value of the entire vacation. If you are anywhere near here, you... More

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hrowan, Public Relations Manager at The Seal Cove Auto Museum, responded to this review

Hi Ray, Thank you for your review, and for your suggestion to contribute to our donation box! :) It really is quite a deal, $2-$6 per person to see and learn about some pretty stunning cars, and you can stay all day if you like! The Richard C. Paine Charitable Trust was established to help endow the Museum upon the... More

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6 reviews 6 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2014

This is an excellent stop. Beautifully kept cars from the early 1900's. My kids 12 & 16 found it interesting. It doesn't take long at all to go through either. Wort a quick stop while exploring MDI.

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hrowan, Public Relations Manager at The Seal Cove Auto Museum, responded to this review

Hi Tomascotravler, On a rainy day that's too wet for Acadia, we're definitely the place to be! :) The Auto Museum is also a great place to visit on a really hot summer day; even without air conditioning our building stays remarkably cool even on the hottest of days. Glad you and your kids found it an interesting stop. Hope... More

Worcester
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13 reviews 13 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2014

This museum, and the collection therein, is a fine representation of the early years of the automobile. Enjoy a thoughtful explanation of the great inventions of the industrial period, and the auto as one of the more significant. Of great surprise, two facts become clear. First, the "other" greats knew the "auto" greats. Second, New England was an early center... More

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hrowan, Public Relations Manager at The Seal Cove Auto Museum, responded to this review

Hi Dave, Glad you learned so much during your time our Museum and enjoyed your visit! When most people think of the auto industry, these days they tend to think of Detroit the Midwest, but in fact - as you discovered during your visit - New England played a hugely important role in the development of the early automobile. Our... More

Clinton, North Carolina
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8 reviews 8 reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2014

We visited the museum for our anniversary trip to Maine. What a wonderful experience. The gentleman working that day was wonderful and took time to share information with us on the variety of cars. We also met the curator who was also very nice. This is definitely a must see when visiting the Acadia Park area

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hrowan, Public Relations Manager at The Seal Cove Auto Museum, responded to this review

Oh how wonderful you were in the area for your anniversary, glad we could be an enjoyable part of your celebration! More

Maine
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22 reviews 22 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2014

I was in charge of organizing a recent tour to Bar Harbor for our car club and decided our tour wouldn't be complete without a visit to the Seal Cove Automobile Museum. I had been there once before but really didn't appreciate the significance of the collection until this visit. What made this visit so special was a narrated tour... More

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hrowan, Public Relations Manager at The Seal Cove Auto Museum, responded to this review

Hi BolairBoy, so glad you included us as one of your stops for the car club, and that you all enjoyed your time here. Our Curator Roberto is a treasure for sure, with his extensive knowledge of and passion for the autos, and his wonderful storytelling abilities. Thank you for sharing your experience! Hope Rowan, Digital Media & Communications Specialist More

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