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“Little Museum but Worth a Look” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Swigart Auto Museum

Swigart Auto Museum
12031 William Penn Highway, PO Box 214, Huntingdon, PA 16652
814.643.0885
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Ranked #3 of 8 Attractions in Huntingdon
Type: Specialty Museums, Museums
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Middletown, New Jersey
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37 reviews 37 reviews
23 attraction reviews
Reviews in 24 cities Reviews in 24 cities
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
“Little Museum but Worth a Look”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2012

This is the oldest car museum in the United States. It's worth it to go just to say you were there, if you are into cars. There were about 30 cars on display when we went and the docent was very informative and (I hope I don't get anyone in trouble) even opened a car door to let us see inside better, which I thought was very nice as usually everything is behind a rope and you feel like the cars probably haven't been moved since they were moved in. The museum is small but has two Tuckers, one of which is the prototype. It also has a large collection of license plates and emblems. It reminded me more of being in a friends really, really nice garage rather than a regular museum as the docent talked about Mr. Swigart like a friend which was nice.

Visited September 2012
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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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80 attraction reviews
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“Little-known auto museum worthy of many visits”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2012

This is a small museum with the space to exhibit about 30-35 of its actual holdings of about 150 cars. But, what you see and get for the low admission price is so worth many return visits. It's history is interesting,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 its current size. The tour guide, Jerry, was very personable. 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 Swigart Museum is the only automobile museum in the country where visitors can see two Tuckers, the 1947 “Tin Goose” Prototype and #1013, which was in the movie about Tucker starring Jeff Bridges. They also have the VW bug that was in the "Herbie" movies. I eagerly and enthusiastically recommend at least 1 visit to this gem of a museum.

Visited August 2012
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Collegeville, Pennsylvania, United States
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“Unique Auto Museum”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2012

There are some surprising one and two of a kind in this museum plus a huge collection of auto emblems.

Visited June 2012
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Pittsburgh
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“An Outstanding Automotive Museum well Worth the Visit.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2012

The Swigart Auto Museum was highly recommended by a friend. We decided to make it our primary destination of a day trip from Pittsburgh. Located in Huntingdon, PA, East of Altoona on Rt. 22. The distance from Pittsburgh was about 135 miles, and exceeded all expectations. The Swigart has about 200 cars in its collection with 30-35 on permanent display. Not only were the cars outstanding but the Museum has probably the largest car badge display in the U.S. as well as a huge license plate collection. We enjoyed a wonderful afternoon in a relaxed atmosphere aided by an outstanding hostess and docent who explained many of the stories behind the Swigart collection. It definitely was a great experience for anyone interested in cars.

Visited July 2012
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Duncansville, Pennsylvania
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“Great Collection.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 1, 2012

If you like antique automobiles, this is the place for you. They have two Tuckers on display, along with numerous other antiques.

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