Simeone Foundation Automotive Museum

Simeone Foundation Automotive Museum

10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
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Located in Philadelphia, PA, the Simeone Foundation Automotive Museum is one of the world's greatest collections of racing sports cars. Through our theme, "The Spirit of Competition", we celebrate the history and evolution of these magnificent machines. Assembled over 50 years by renowned neurosurgeon Dr. Frederick Simeone, the Museum contains over 65 historically significant cars including Ferrari, Alfa Romeo, Bugatti, Mercedes, Jaguar, Bentley, Porsche, Aston Martin, Corvette, Ford and more. We are open Tuesday through Sunday for General Admission and there is always something new and exciting happening here. We offer many different types of events including our world famous Demo Days, Special Events, Special Exhibits and more. The Simeone Foundation Automotive Museum is a 501(c)3 nonprofit institution.
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Susan Flye
Virginia Beach, VA3 contributions
Jul 2022
I went to the museum to accompany a true racing fan, and was blown away by the appeal it had on so many levels. Attending one of their Demo Days is recommended, but if your schedule can't fit that, the museum alone is well worth the visit. On Demo Days, it is thrilling to see (and hear) some of the world's most precious and important race cars as they drive past you on their way to the outdoor demo area. The viewing area for the demos is perfectly positioned. The staff does an excellent job making the experience awesome and safe for guests. Arrive early to study the cars up close and you'll discover beautiful design elements. If you'd like to see the engines up close after the demo, stay late after the bulk of visitors leave. You can fill the entire day studying the exhibits inside, which are organized in a way to tell memorable stories. This museum is not just for race fans, but would appeal to anyone with an interest in history or design.
Written July 27, 2022
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Sam A
New York2 contributions
Mar 2022
This museum is actually one of the main reasons for me wanting to visit Philly, and it was definitely my favorite part of the trip. I've known about it for many years as it houses my favorite car of all time, only five of which were ever made, but I was actually shocked at the vast number of extremely rare and historically significant race cars the collection is comprised of. I only really knew two of the cars displayed here ahead of time from other sources, I didn't even check their website beforehand as I figured I'd keep the rest a surprise, and I certainly was not disappointed. These are cars you'll likely only ever see once in your lifetime, that's how rare many of them are. The setup here is great, each car has its own plaque with a bit of history about it as well as some specs and other interesting facts. I feel so fortunate to have been given the opportunity to actually see these rare cars in person with my own two eyes.

I'd like to take this time to thank Dr. Simeone for creating this foundation to publicly display these legendary, historic cars from his own personal collection for all to see, rather than keeping them hidden away as most collectors do.
Written May 17, 2022
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Harriet M
Haddonfield, NJ138 contributions
Jan 2020
In order to explore the 70 plus sport and racing car museum thoroughly, it may help to have a mechanic, mechanical engineer and/or race car enthusiast with you. Then the visit is truly interesting. Along the rows of cars, explanation and data placards are in front of each car and are printed large enough to read easily. Plus, there were videos scattered throughout the museum on various cars. A not to be missed video is about Enzo Ferrari currently shown in the museum’s annex. It makes the film “Ford vs Ferrari” more understandable. The videos are changed periodically. Among many other excellence awards, the British car magazine “Octane” has voted this museum’s racing car collection #1 in the world in 2011 and 2017. It’s enjoyable to see and inspect these vehicles up close but how do they run and sound? Demonstration days are usually held twice a month on Saturdays at noon such as the June 27, 2020 event “The Simeone cars that raced at La Mans”. As Fred Simeone, the museum owner, once said “it is not just the mechanics of the machine…but what it has experienced.” Tours? Unfortunately, there are only group tours available but there are knowledgeable attendants on the floor that will answer any of your burning questions. Free parking is provided on the adjoining lot.
Written February 12, 2020
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Chris C
Aberdeen, UK54 contributions
Mar 2021
I have spent some time considering how to write this review and what to put in it. Firstly let me state that I am an American living overseas, while back in the US I planned a family vacation to Atlantic City mostly due to the fact that I could leave for the day and visit the Simone Foundation. I had been looking forward to my visit for years.

I arrived early to beat any crowd and to hopefully have the collection to "myself". I paid the fee and donated to the foundation. I even left my children at the hotel in Atlantic City so I would not be rushed; allowing myself to learn about the cars. By the way; I have a number of classic sports cars. While I was admiring the Daytona Coupe a group with a tour guide was adjacent to where I was standing. I listened intently and quietly asked one of the group if it was a "private" tour. His response was it a group of Corvette guys. Thinking; that was great as I have a vintage Corvette. Most likely in a few minutes I would have left and found my own way through the museum; however during a lull in the discussion the tour guide pulled me aside; mentioned it was a private tour and that these guys had "spent a lot of money" in quite a condescending manner. I was tempted to ask "how much" and then book the individual later that day myself. Caught off guard I merely stated that attending the Simone Foundation had been a life goal and I was just pleased to be there.

Ok so for the museum. The cars are the stars, no doubt. The Daytona Coupe is a highlight, but so are the number of important Alfas and a few of the rare sports racers, Astons etc. I would have liked to have been able to view the cars from behind or other angles, many were parked almost door handle to door handle. I also wanted to know more of the stories behind each car. The details for each could and should have been expanded on.

The Simone Foundation is a great collection without a doubt. I would find it hard to call it a museum. It is in fact a collection of outstanding cars; however for me a museum has memorabilia, teaches and expands on the story. Of course the Petersen sets the bar very high. I was also disappointed that there was little to buy in the museum shop. In the end I was left feeling if me taking a vacation in Atlantic City to visit the Simone Foundation was worth it?
Written March 13, 2021
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Hi Chris, We are really sorry that you had a less than 5-star visit. It seems like a lot of your frustration has to do with this tour group that you mentioned. I don't know if this helps at all but we HAVE NOT CONDUCTED A TOUR since the beginning of COVID. We checked our calendars and spoke to everyone but no one at the museum can recall anything with a Corvette group coming through that timeframe either. We think this "tour group" was conducting a private tour for a group of individuals. If that was the case, then there isn't much we could have to done, as they were their own group, but to be crystal clear...that was not our group. We NEVER turn down a guest that is interested in the collection. That is something that just would not have happened from our staff. As far as cars parked door to door, most of our 20+ exhibits contain a few cars in their "natural" setting. This is easily verified by checking out photos that others have taken here. We were updating our annex and moving some cars around in March but that is just a small portion of our collection. We certainly can't let our guests inspect and handle some of the most valuable cars in the world without staff being present but our audio tour, which is free to download, could have helped you with the stories a bit. We're glad you like the collection. It's been #1 in the world a few times, which is an honor that few American Automotive Museums can claim. Finally, we did pare down our gift shop to reflect the decline in attendance since the beginning of COVID so you do have a point with that. We're sorry you didn't enjoy yourself. Hopefully you had more fun in Atlantic City. Maybe you can visit again when we reintroduce our Demo Day schedule so you can see the cars up close and running as it seemed you were hoping for.
Written May 5, 2021
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John M
Penfield, NY12 contributions
Feb 2022 • Couples
Worth every dollar, though it's not like the cost was high at $12/person. Enjoyed everything they had to offer while we spent about 90 minutes checking out each car. I know very little racing history... But that didn't matter as it was fun anyway.
Written February 6, 2022
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Jon C
West Haven, CT155 contributions
Jul 2022
Extensive collection of racing cars range from the beginning of car racing until the 70s. A lot of interesting and rare cars, all of which raced and currently run. They are displayed in a large garage/warehouse and arranged according to where they competed. Plenty of information about each car and where it competed in a display that reflects where it competed. Staff are very friendly. Parking is free and kids, I believe under 18, are free. The museum is not near many other attractions in Philadelphia and is near the airport. You would need to drive there.
Written August 5, 2022
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Ann G
North Carolina Mountains, NC32 contributions
Nov 2021
Any motorsports enthusiast should not miss this gem of a museum. The selection of cars and the way they are presented is beyond remarkable. The fact that the only living Cobra Dayton Coupe in original condition is there is reason alone to go.
Looking at the selection of cars, you can follow the progression of car design from the earliest days of racing to until its heyday in the mid- to late 1960s.
My husband is the enthusiast, but I very much enjoyed reading and hearing about various cars and admiring their designs and accomplishments.
Written November 5, 2021
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Voyager798286
Minneapolis, MN2 contributions
Jun 2019
This a really great collection of LeMans racers from the earliest days till the late Sixties. They are well displayed and easy to view. The staff and Dr. Simeone were unfailingly friendly and well informed. The special Saturday viewing is beyond wonderful. They take a few of the cars start them up and race around the parking lot. How great is that I saw and heard a Cunningham with a hemi, a C Jag, A Testa Rosa and a '55 SL. All models that race at Le Mans. If you know what all those letters and numbers mean then you have to get there.
Written January 14, 2020
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Nob22
Philadelphia, PA34 contributions
Apr 2019
Loads of antique to current race cars, with interesting videos, pictures, stories around the cars to tell the story of why that’s an interesting car... if you didn’t already know. Many knowledgeable docent volunteers every times we’ve gone.
Written February 16, 2020
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HSW1226
Spartanburg, SC40 contributions
Jul 2021
This is a great museum and a great space! If you are interested in cars you will love this place. We spent almost four hours looking at the cars and chatting with the gracious staff, who all seem to love their profession.

Traveling with a large power wheelchair, accessibility was easy and we encountered no issues. Parking was easy. This museum also has a terrific website and social media presence. A hidden gem of a museum.
Written August 5, 2021
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