Exploring Jerry’s Classic Cars and Collectibles Museum in Pottsville

Vintage VW Bug on display at Jerry's Classic Cars and Collectibles Museum in Pottsville.

The first thing you should know about Jerry’s Classic Cars and Collectibles Museum in Pottsville is that it is MUCH more than just another car museum!

The floor-to-ceiling display of memorabilia at Jerry's Classic Cars and Collectibles Museum on South Centre Street in Pottsville.
The floor-to-ceiling display of memorabilia at Jerry’s Classic Cars and Collectibles Museum on South Centre Street in Pottsville.

Oh sure – there are PLENTY of rare and vintage automobiles on display, but that’s just the tip of the iceberg.

A small sampling of the cars on display at Jerry's Classic Cars and Collectibles Museum in Pottsville.
A small sampling of the cars on display at Jerry’s Classic Cars and Collectibles Museum in Pottsville.

Scattered across two floors of this historic garage along South Center Street you’ll find over 20,000 collectibles spanning the entire 20th century.

Vintage music memorabilia on display at Jerry's Classic Cars and Collectibles Museum in Pottsville.
Vintage music memorabilia on display at Jerry’s Classic Cars and Collectibles Museum in Pottsville.

Meaning even if you’re not into cars, it’s almost impossible NOT to find something you’ll connect with or that won’t stir a memory as you wander around Jerry’s Museum.

A vintage pinball machine and Elvis memorabilia at Jerry's Classic Cars and Collectibles Museum in Pottsville.
A vintage pinball machine and Elvis memorabilia at Jerry’s Classic Cars and Collectibles Museum in Pottsville.

How to Find Jerry’s Classic Cars and Collectibles Museum on Pottsville.

Jerry’s Classic Cars and Collectibles Museum is located at 394 South Centre Street in Pottsville, with both a parking lot alongside the building and street parking available as well.

Facade of the building housing Jerry's Classic Cars and Collectibles Museum on South Centre Street in Pottsville.
Facade of the building housing Jerry’s Classic Cars and Collectibles Museum on South Centre Street in Pottsville.

For the most up-to-date hours and admission prices, please check the museum’s official website.

Jerry's Classic Cars and Collectibles Museum on South Centre Street in Pottsville.
Jerry’s Classic Cars and Collectibles Museum on South Centre Street in Pottsville.

The building housing Jerry’s Museum is itself historic in its own right, as you’ll learn by reading a plaque on the front of the building.

History of the building housing Jerry's Classic Cars and Collectibles Museum on South Centre Street in Pottsville.
History of the building housing Jerry’s Classic Cars and Collectibles Museum on South Centre Street in Pottsville.

Exploring the Ground Floor at Jerry’s Museum

The ground floor of Jerry’s Classic Cars and Collectibles is where the classic cars are displayed, and being that this was an old Studebaker dealership, they seem right at home here.

1969 Ford Mustang Mach 1 on display at Jerry's Classic Cars and Collectibles Museum on South Centre Street in Pottsville.
1969 Ford Mustang Mach 1 on display at Jerry’s Classic Cars and Collectibles Museum on South Centre Street in Pottsville.

From muscle cars to roadsters and everything in between, you can find them all at Jerry’s Museum.

Part of the ground floor display at Jerry's Classic Cars and Collectibles Museum in Pottsville.
Part of the ground floor display at Jerry’s Classic Cars and Collectibles Museum in Pottsville.

My absolute favorite car on display was this 1974 Lincoln Continental, at 19 feet long and just oozing attitude!

1974 Lincoln Continental on display at Jerry's Classic Cars and Collectibles Museum on South Centre Street in Pottsville.
1974 Lincoln Continental on display at Jerry’s Classic Cars and Collectibles Museum on South Centre Street in Pottsville.

The walls surrounding the cars are covered with all sorts of curios and advertising memorabilia, such as this vintage Yuengling Ice Cream sign from another of Pottsville’s claims to fame – Yuengling Brewing Company (which you can also tour).

A vintage Yuengling Ice Cream sign on display at Jerry's Classic Cars and Collectibles Museum in Pottsville.
A vintage Yuengling Ice Cream sign on display at Jerry’s Classic Cars and Collectibles Museum in Pottsville.

Exploring the Second Floor at Jerry’s Museum

The second floor of Jerry’s Classic Cars and Collectibles Museum is where the collectibles live, and what a collection of collectibles it is!

A recreated drive-in theatre at Jerry's Classic Cars and Collectibles Museum in Pottsville.
A recreated drive-in theatre at Jerry’s Classic Cars and Collectibles Museum in Pottsville.

Various “theme rooms” make for an eclectic trip back through time, such as this soda shop display.

A soda fountain counter is reproduced in this scene from Jerry's Classic Cars and Collectibles Museum in Pottsville.
The Soda Shop display at Jerry’s Classic Cars and Collectibles Museum in Pottsville.

Some of the rooms are what you would expect at a museum with classic cars, such as this vintage auto parts display.

Vintage auto parts on display at Jerry's Classic Cars and Collectibles Museum in Pottsville.
Vintage auto parts on display at Jerry’s Classic Cars and Collectibles Museum in Pottsville.

Individually these exhaust parts probably wouldn’t look like much, but put them together and it’s suddenly “outsider art”!

Vintage mufflers on display at Jerry's Classic Cars and Collectibles Museum in Pottsville.
Vintage mufflers on display at Jerry’s Classic Cars and Collectibles Museum in Pottsville.

This display of vintage kitchen appliances was one of the most unusual, and also one of the most enjoyable as I recognized many things my own grandparents once had.

Vintage kitchen appliances on display at Jerry's Classic Cars and Collectibles Museum in Pottsville.
Vintage kitchen appliances on display at Jerry’s Classic Cars and Collectibles Museum in Pottsville.

A vintage motorcycle and accessories – yea they’ve got that too!

Vintage motorcycle memorabilia on display at Jerry's Classic Cars and Collectibles museum in Pottsville.
Vintage motorcycle memorabilia on display at Jerry’s Classic Cars and Collectibles museum in Pottsville.

Being a collector of music memorabilia myself, I enjoyed seeing the various eras of jukeboxes on display.

Vintage juke box on display at Jerry's Classic Cars and Collectibles Museum in Pottsville.
Vintage jukebox on display at Jerry’s Classic Cars and Collectibles Museum in Pottsville.

A signed photo from Muhammad Ali caught my eye, as I had just toured his famed Fighter’s Heaven training camp in nearby Deer Lake.

Autographed Muhammad Ali photo on display at Jerry's Classic Cars and Collectibles Museum in Pottsville.
Autographed Muhammad Ali photo on display at Jerry’s Classic Cars and Collectibles Museum in Pottsville.

Other celebrities who are cleverly represented include Superman

Superman in a phone booth at Jerry's Classic Cars and Collectibles Museum in Pottsville.
Superman in a phone booth at Jerry’s Classic Cars and Collectibles Museum in Pottsville.

And the King of Rock and Roll, moonlighting at the recreated drive-in theatre snack bar.

Elvis working the snack bar at the recreated drive-in theatre at Jerry's Classic Cars and Collectibles Museum on South Centre Street in Pottsville.
Elvis working the snack bar at the recreated drive-in theatre at Jerry’s Classic Cars and Collectibles Museum on South Centre Street in Pottsville.

Final Thoughts on Visiting Jerry’s Classic Cars and Collectibles Museum

I’ve been to many car museums over the years, but I can’t think of any with more “stuff per square foot” that Jerry’s Museum in Pottsville!

Jerry's Classic Cars and Collectibles Museum in Pottsville Pennsylvania.
Jerry’s Classic Cars and Collectibles Museum in Pottsville Pennsylvania.

You could literally spend an entire day perusing this fantastic representation of 20th century automotive and pop culture, and still not fully absorb it all.

Vintage Beatles memorabilia at Jerry's Classic Cars and Collectibles Museum on South Centre Street in Pottsville.
Vintage Beatles memorabilia at Jerry’s Classic Cars and Collectibles Museum on South Centre Street in Pottsville.

I’m grateful that the owner’s (Jerry Enders and his wife Janet) of all of these vintage cars and historic memorabilia have chosen to make their collection available for the public to view, and for the unique and colorful environment they’ve created in which to view it all.

A replica box office window at Jerry's Classic Cars and Collectibles Museum in Pottsville.
A replica box office window at Jerry’s Classic Cars and Collectibles Museum in Pottsville.

Jerry’s Classic Cars and Collectibles Museum in Pottsville – put it on your PA Bucket List!

A vintage truck at Jerry's Classic Cars and Collectibles in Pottsville.
A vintage truck at Jerry’s Classic Cars and Collectibles in Pottsville.

Nearby Attractions

Located just a few blocks from Jerry’s Museum you’ll find the Yuengling Brewery, America’s oldest brewery!

The iconic Yuengling Brewery on Mahantongo Street in Pottsville Pennsylvania.
The iconic Yuengling Brewery on Mahantongo Street in Pottsville, Pennsylvania.

Yuengling offers a free one-hour guided tour of their historic brewery, complete with free beer samples at the end of the tour!

Touring the Yuengling Brewery in Pottsville Pennsylvania.
Touring the Yuengling Brewery in Pottsville Pennsylvania.

Six miles south of Pottsville you’ll find Fighter’s Heaven, Muhammad Ali’s legendary training camp where he prepared for some of the biggest fights of his career.

Heavy bag and boxing ring at Muhammad Ali's training camp in Deer Lake, PA
Heavy bag and boxing ring at Muhammad Ali’s training camp in Deer Lake, PA.

Ali’s camp has been painstakingly restored to closely resemble what it looked like during the Champ’s time there (1972-1981), and is once again open to tours by the general public.

Sign near the entrance to Fighter's Heaven along Sculps HIll Road in Schuylkill County, PA.
Sign near the entrance to Fighter’s Heaven along Sculps HIll Road in Schuylkill County, PA.

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