National Packard Museum

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National Packard Museum
4.5
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racer9e
Mount Jewett, PA5 contributions
Well worth the stop
Nov 2020 • Couples
Loved seeing all of the history and such a wide variety (electric and cars) and all of the detailed information for each one to learn about. Friendly gentlemen at the counter who shared some history with us as well !!! We were passing thru and this showed up for things to do. If you have the time stop in well worth it !!!
Written November 19, 2020
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Matt B
Worthington, OH1 contribution
Great Museum!
Jun 2020 • Family
Many family members have owned Packard cars and still rave about them so many years later. I was somewhat aware of the local connection to Ohio, but while we were not far from Warren we decided to visit the National Packard Museum. This is a very nice museum with an amazing collection of cars and history. Cars from all 4 years when Packards were built in Warren; a beautiful Packard convertible purchased by Howard Hughes for his wife; examples of Packard's contributions to the war effort. This is not a museum that you finish in 30min and forget, this is a solid multi-hour experience that will make you really appreciate the Packards and what was born in Warren. Also if you're wondering, the museum is well setup to be a safe place during this pandemic with good health safety measures and the ability to enjoy the museum and still be socially distant. Check it out, it is worth a drive to visit.
Written June 14, 2020
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William F
Monroeville, PA437 contributions
Packard America’s Rolls Royce
Mar 2020 • Couples
This Museum is packed with Packard’s some beautiful displays of Super 8’s and V-12’s don’t miss this if you are a car buff. These cars originally made in Warren Oh. The price is definitely worth admission here. There’s also a display of Pony Cars and Motorcycles too. The beautiful hood Ornaments are fantastic and all the chrome bumpers when cars were cars and men were men.
Written March 3, 2020
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Melanie V
16 contributions
Neat Place!
May 2019 • Friends
A jewel in our city’s crown! Great collections and exhibits. Also a wonderful venue for parties and receptions.
Written February 11, 2020
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Yelena R
16 contributions
Sightseeing
Jan 2020 • Solo
This is a small but truly unique museum! Very well kept, interesting collection! They will give you a little intro first and then you can wonder around on your own.
A bit pricey, but I didn't mind.
Enjoyed my visit.
Written January 26, 2020
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MJ67890
Rochester, NY37 contributions
Enjoyable visit learning about the Packard
Jan 2020
We enjoyed visiting the museum. It explains the history of the Packard automobile, the family, and the building, which had been a bath house. There were a number of restored cars and when we visited the museum in January 2020, a motorcycle exhibit had just been installed.
The museum staff was very friendly and was enthusiastic about their collection.
Written January 13, 2020
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StigJim
Alliance, OH396 contributions
Nice Museum, but a Little Thin
Nov 2019
We visited the National Packard Museum last time in May and I submitted a TripAdvisor review. Then, we visited this past weekend. The museum is about the same, but it just seemed to have a thinner feel this time. The Mustang vs. Camaro display seems like a bit of a stretch. I'd prefer to see more Packards and more directly-Packard related items, like maybe more Packard Electrical things, if they don't have more cars. The staff is friendly and there's definitely room for some expansion in the building.
Written November 18, 2019
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Dean M
Warrensburg, MO215 contributions
Well worth a Couple of Hours
Oct 2019
I had been in town last year but my schedule had not allowed me to visit the Packard Museum. I easily spent a couple of hours there, taking in their various Exhibits and Automobiles. I could have stayed longer but had a long drive ahead of me.
Written November 16, 2019
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Richard W
Tel Aviv, Israel216 contributions
Small but comprehensive collection - a must for any Packard enthusiast.
May 2019
The National Packard Museum is in Warren, Ohio, because it was the hometown of the Packard family and the place where Packard automobile production began, although most of Packard’s car production soon moved to Detroit. The museum is full of interesting facts about the Packard brand, including an impressive list of "firsts" achieved by various Packard models. In 1901, the company debuted the famous slogan, “Ask the man who owns one,” which remained a staple of Packard advertising for decades and which is prominently featured throughout the museum.

The museum has a small but nicely displayed collection of cars that spans the entire history of “pure” Packards, from 1899 to 1956 (excluding the two years of Studebaker-based cars). A total of 24 cars and one motorcycle were on display when we visited, plus a lot of information about the history of Packard. (If you like Packards, the Canton Classic Car Museum in nearby Canton has about five, and America’s Packard Museum in Dayton says it has the largest collection of Packard cars, about 50.) There are some rare cars here, including a 1951 Pan American convertible that was built by the Henney Motor Company (which built several concept cars for Packard and specialized vehicles like ambulances, hearses and limousines on Packard chassis). The car won the Gold Trophy at the 1952 New York International Motor Sports Show for outstanding design and engineering.

A very nice display was created around a beautiful 1937 Model 1507 Twelve Rumbleseat Coupe with a large trunk mounted on the rear bumper. A series of large posters drew comparisons and contrasts between Packard and Rolls-Royce. The best sales year for the company was 2014, when Rolls-Royce sold 4,063 cars. Packard’s best year was 1937, when 122,537 cars were sold. That kind of tells the story – as nice as Packards were, they didn’t approach the “exclusivity” of Rolls-Royce. The car on display was one of 1300 cars Packard built that year with V-12 engines, which was Packard’s highest production year to that point. It was purchased new in Montreal, Canada, for US$3,400 with optional dual sidemount spares, the rear trunk and accessory driving lights.

Henney's association with Packard also is represented by a 1953 Henney-Packard Junior ambulance on display that served in the US Air Force at Tinker AFB in Oklahoma City. This is the only commercial vehicle in the collection apart from a 1948 Harley-Davidson Servicar tricycle used by a Packard dealership. Three 1956 Packards and one ’55 are present in the collection – a ’55 Clipper Panama hardtop, two ’56 Caribbeans (convertible and hardtop) and a ’56 Patrician. There are some gaps in the collection - no cars from the 1911-1925 period, and only a single example from the 1920s - but the cars that are present illustrate the company's history well, and there's a lot of other information available on the walls and signs.

Another interesting theme display was a video called “Ask the Gangster who owns one” that listed a number of well-known gangsters that owned (or stole) Packard cars, including Al Capone (who also bought one for his wife), Benjamin “Bugsy” Siegel (who owned a ’33 V-12 limo) and John Dillinger (who used a ’34 Packard in a bank holdup in South Dakota). No gangster-owned cars are in the museum’s collection, although the Packard museum in Dayton says it has one of Capone’s.

The museum has plenty of free parking. Packards happen to be among my favorite cars (mainly the 1930s ones). Even if Packards aren't a favorite marque of yours, if you just like old cars this is a very worthwhile and enjoyable stop. On the way out of town on a Friday late afternoon, we happened to pass a Dairy Queen where we had the bonus of seeing a gathering of local classic car collectors and enjoyed a second memorable experience!
Written October 21, 2019
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flyfisher4102016
Dover, NH54 contributions
Amazing Collection!
Oct 2019
This museum has an amazing collection of Packard automobiles. A current exhibit is the Mustang vs. Camaro which compares older mustangs and camaros against one another. $8.00 entry fee for adults, well worth it if you like antique automobiles. Small gift shop on site as well.
Written October 13, 2019
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