American Treasure Tour Museum

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American Treasure Tour Museum

American Treasure Tour Museum
4.5
Speciality Museums • History Museums
10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
About
The American Treasure Tour is centrally located in Southeastern Pennsylvania, just west of Valley Forge National Historical Park in Montgomery County and abutting Chester County, Pennsylvania. We are 20 miles outside of Philadelphia, and an easy drive from other destination cities including Reading, Pottstown, Lancaster, and Wilmington. We are a great destination for anyone with a sense of fun and a love of Americana . See our collection of miniature circuses and sideshow art, our classic automobiles, and twentieth century popular culture of all varieties. We have hundreds of automatic music machines (nickelodeons and band organs from famous companies of old including Wurlitzer, Seeburg, and Link), as well as hobbyist-built model airplanes, movie posters and record albums, music boxes, dolls and dollhouses in our 100,000 square foot museum. Tours include a tram ride experience, where we bring you through the collection - your visit promises to be light-hearted and informative.
Suggested duration
1-2 hours
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Bucketlist28
Reading, PA165 contributions
Just go with IT!!
Sep 2020
My friends and I always take a Ladies Weekend in the Fall. Due to Covid we couldn't hit NYC or fly, so I designed a mystery tour. I told them our first stop (American Treasure Tour) was either going to be a total zero or if they just went with the flow it could be something unexpected.

When we pulled up they really thought I was joking as we entered an empty industrial building but after entering the second floor we were greeted by the friendliest staff. We were the only people there so they gave us time to take photos before hopping on the tram. I knew what to expect due to planning but my friends were part nervous, part giggling with the "what the?" of all of it.

All I can say is that the gentleman who owns all the items has a passion for anything kitschy or that has time invested in it. So you will see anything from the record breaking popsicle stick building to breathtaking restored carousel band/organs. You'll catch yourself saying "ohh, I had one of those!" "Do you remember that?" "What is that?!"

The collection constantly changes as the owner buys what interests him and isn't collecting one thing - though there is a large section of unique cars, player pianos, and miniature buildings that you can walk through before or after your tram ride.

You would probably have to take the tour 20 times until you felt like you didn't miss something. The items are overhead, stacked on top of each other, on the floor - you name it.

My only criticism would be that some of the stuff really needed dusted. But, since it's mostly volunteers and the goal isn't to make money but to share his collections with others you can't complain. It doesn't cost that much to enter.

Take the time to talk with the staff. We learned that even the entryway chandelier is from the famed Philadelphia Woolworth department store. Enjoy the fact that the owner is a philanthropist and bought this old tire plant just to house his own personal items - it was friends and family that convinced him to open and share with the public.

Each week boxes arrive and the staff adds it to the collection - and even they don't know what is going to be in it!

Bottom line: this place seems like there has to be a mistake when you pull up outside. Why isn't there a huge sign to pull in the thousands of cars that pass by, etc? But that's the beauty of it - they don't need to make money. It truly is a hidden gem. Probably like nothing you will ever see again in your life. Esp great for a family trip of generations as everyone will spot something that spurs memories. Months later and we still talk about something we saw on our visit!
Written June 20, 2021
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RMichael
Hightstown, NJ1 contribution
Exciting
Feb 2020
This is one man's collection of the past and the present. You will have to go there four to five time to see it all. Maybe more because he is still buying things. He has been collecting for over Sixty years. This is a great place to visit and is on the East Coast. Figure to spend at lease four to five hours there. You can walk around and take the tram ride and then can look around again. Please take the time to go see it. You will be glad that you did.
Written February 25, 2020
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AJC110756
Collegeville, PA83 contributions
What A Gem
Feb 2020 • Couples
We took the tour in February and couldn’t have been more pleased, it was fantastic. The duration of the tour was perfect, the guide was knowledgeable and tram was comfortable. To say that you could possibly see everything in the collection in one day would be impossible. I was surprised to see that they had acquired 9 of the 11 buildings from the Colonial Enchanted Village which used to be in the old Lit Brothers store in Philadelphia during Christmas.
We plan on returning again, this place is a hidden treasure and well worth the visit.
Written February 22, 2020
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Ray R
Newtown, PA30 contributions
That was weird!
Feb 2020
From the outside, the museum looks like nothing - a small sign posted on a piece of an abandoned industrial plant, right next to The Dump (if you're not a local, that's a furniture store, not an actual garbage dump).

Once inside you get to see, according to the quite knowledgeable tour guide, the life's work (60+ years and still going) of a collector who wishes to remain anonymous. About half of the museum is accessible on foot (or wheelchair if handicapped, via elevator to the second floor), and the rest is only reachable by a tram tour.

And the collection...

Movie posters (classics and just random other films)? Yes.
Vinyl records of every era up until about 1990? Yes.
Wurlitzers, player pianos, and even a self-playing violin and a self-playing banjo? Yes, as well.
So, so many circus ads? Sure, why not?
Old cars? Model airplanes? Yes.
Giant heads of Ted Kennedy, Britney Spears, and a (pre-presidential) Donald Trump? A Noid stuffed animal from an old Domino's Pizza campaign? A recreation of dogs playing poker? All of the Simpsons sitting on a park bench? A large Quizno's Subs sign? Dolls? Christmas decorations? Depression glass? Classic animatronics? VHS tapes?

Everything I wrote above, and so much more, is all there. Every square inch, including straight up, of visible space is packed with memorabilia - so much so that you'll wish that the tram actually traveled at about half of its already slow speed.

Almost certainly I'll be back, with my mother or mother-in-law in addition to my kids, because I suspect that they'll be able to recognize even more than I did.

This museum probably isn't for everyone, but it is certainly for me.
Written February 16, 2020
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elf
4 contributions
WOW! An Experience Like No Other
Dec 2019
The American Treasure Tour Museum is like falling down the rabbit hole in Alice in Wonderland. There are giant, oversized things along with tiny miniature things, crazy things and weird music machines that play stuff that sounds like nothing I've ever heard. You have to just go see it to believe it. You will be impressed. You can spend an afternoon just amazed at the place.
Written February 4, 2020
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AlbertCav
Philadelphia, PA527 contributions
Unbelievable!
Dec 2019
Hard to describe just this wonderful collection of, well, STUFF, by a single anonymous collector of memorabilia. The photo ops are incredible, and don't look for a single theme. According to the workers there, the collection is still growing weekly as they often see the owner dropping stuff off. Nearest thing I can think of to compare is NOLA's Mardi Gras museum. I wish this was more accessible to the city as would obviously move way up to the top of the list of coolest museums in the arera, but as is relatively unknown. Highly recommended!!
Written December 27, 2019
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fletchka
Jupiter, FL4 contributions
Great Experience
Oct 2019 • Friends
I had searched for things to see while visiting friends in the Lansdale area and The American Treasure Tour Museum came up. Our friend had heard about it but had never visited. The directions that were provided by the museum were very good and we arrived early for our 10:30 tram ride. There was so much to see that even though we were early, we saw only a sampling of the exhibit. This is an amazing place. There is so much to see and so much fun experiencing it. No matter what age you are there are items that will bring back wonderful memories and intrigue children. You could literally visit here dozens of times and still see things you hadn’t noticed before. This is a true hidden gem that is not to be missed.
Written October 14, 2019
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g3times
Longview, TX332 contributions
LOTS of stuff!
Sep 2019
Hard to believe that one person can accumulate this much stuff, but it has apparently been done! So many pianos, player pianos and music boxes that it was hard to keep track. Some pretty interesting stuff here.
Written September 13, 2019
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Leon J
Auburn, United States259 contributions
Unbelievable collection!
Sep 2019 • Friends
A 60 year collection of everything from one anamous donor! Huge collection of musical items, player pianos,doll houses, records, old radios and record players. There is also a team ride thru a HUGE warehouse collection of old cars, trucks, advertising items, stuffed animals, circus items, animatronic characters, movie posters, model airplanes, and too many more items to mention. Its simply amazing!
Written September 10, 2019
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Marianne777
New Jersey29 contributions
What a great place to visit!!
Jun 2019 • Couples
It was even better than we expected! So much stuff to see and it was all so interesting. Brought back many memories! Only wish we were able to walk around more on our own in the Toy Box, as I'm sure there were things we didn't even notice during the Tram Tour. But I understand why this is not possible (people would touch too much and things would be destroyed!). Expect to spend at least two hours here.
Thanks for a wonderful tour!
Written June 11, 2019
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