Exploring the AACA Museum in Hershey

Exploring the AACA Automotive Museum in Hershey Pennsylvania.

The AACA Museum in Hershey, PA is consistently ranked as one of the top automotive and transportation museums in the United States!

The AACA Museum in Hershey is consistently ranked as one of the nation's top transportation museums.
The AACA Museum in Hershey is consistently ranked as one of the nation’s top transportation museums.

The Antique Automobile Club of America (AACA) national headquarters is in Hershey, so it makes perfect sense to have the organization’s flagship museum there as well.

History of early automobiles exhibit at the AACA Museum in Hershey PA.
The Antique Automobile Club of America (AACA) national headquarters is in Hershey, not far from the museum.

The museum is dedicated to the preservation and presentation of America’s motor vehicle history in an educational and entertaining environment.

The AACA Museum’s Cammack Gallery is home to the world’s most extensive Tucker collection.
The AACA Museum’s Cammack Gallery is home to the world’s most extensive Tucker collection.

What follows is an overview of what you can expect to see and experience when you visit this excellent museum, just minutes from Hersheypark.

The AACA Museum is just minutes from Hersheypark in Hershey Pennsylvania.
The AACA Museum is just minutes from Hersheypark.

Exhibits Outside the AACA Museum

Before you even step foot inside this beautiful 71,000 square foot facility, there are a number of interesting exhibits outside, to the left and right of the entrance.

The 71,000 square foot AACA Museum at Hershey opened on June 26, 2003.
The 71,000 square foot AACA Museum at Hershey opened on June 26, 2003.

Among those exhibits are examples from the museum’s antique bus collection.

A Kansas bus on display outside the AACA Museum in Hershey Pennsylvania.
A Kansas bus on display outside the AACA Museum.

There’s a Dodge Brothers “Kid’s Truck” that is meant to be climbed on and played with.

A Dodge Brothers "Kid's Truck" outside the AACA Museum in Hershey Pennsylvania.
A Dodge Brothers “Kid’s Truck” outside the museum.

And the iconic 1997 Hershey Kissmobile, a 12-foot tall, 26-foot long custom-made vehicle resembling three Hershey’s Kisses.

The Hershey Kissmobile on display at the AACA Museum in Hershey Pennsylvania.
The 1997 Hershey Kissmobile.

First Floor of the AACA Museum

The first floor of the AACA Museum features the main gallery of the collection.

The rotunda of the AACA Museum in Hershey Pennsylvania.
Vehicles on display in the rotunda of the museum.

The exhibit floor is broken up into a series of life-like dioramas, depicting different time periods and locations in America.

The Route 66 diorama at the AACA Museum in Hershey Pennsylvania.
The Route 66 diorama.

Some vehicles are on permanent display, other are on loan or part of temporary exhibits.

The 1930s Miami Beach diorama at the AACA Museum in Hershey Pennsylvania.
The 1930s Miami Beach diorama.

Immortalized in Back to the Future, these DeLoreans were a favorite of mine when I visited in the summer of 2022.

A DeLorean on display at the AACA Museum in Hershey Pennsylvania.
DeLorean display.

Iconic muscle cars are well-represented at the museum.

Part of the Route 66 display at the AACA Museum in Hershey Pennsylvania.
Part of the Route 66 display.

As are Tucker automobiles in the museum’s Cammack Gallery, home to the world’s most extensive collection of Tucker automobiles and artifacts.

The Cammack Gallery at the AACA Museum is named for Tucker historian and collector David Cammack.
The Cammack Gallery at the AACA Museum is named for Tucker historian and collector David Cammack.

The Driving after Sundown exhibit in the Main Gallery shows how lighting technologies evolved over the past 140 years, giving drivers usable light while minimizing the effects of glare on oncoming vehicles.

An exhibit highlighting the evolution of automotive headlights at the AACA Museum in Hershey Pennsylvania.
An exhibit highlighting the evolution of automotive headlights.

There’s even a full-size replica of a 1940s service station, precursor to today’s self-service convenience stores.

A 1940s service station display at the AACA Museum in Hershey Pennsylvania.
A 1940s service station display.

Ground Floor of the AACA Museum

The Museum of Bus Transportation on the ground floor of the museum was created to preserve the heritage of that industry and educate the public about bus transportation’s contributions to American history.

The AACA Museum features the largest collection of historic buses under roof in the United States.
The AACA Museum features the largest collection of historic buses under roof in the United States.

One of the most famous busses on display here is a 1959 GM coach, used in the filming of Forrest Gump.

A bus used in the filming of "Forrest Gump" on display at the AACA Museum in Hershey Pennsylvania.
A bus used in the filming of “Forrest Gump”.

While the bus had a rather ordinary life in the 1960s, transporting commuters between norther New Jersey and New York City, it became famous when Forest Gump was released in 1994.

History of the "Forest Gump Bus" at the AAC Museum in Hershey Pennsylvania.
History of the “Forest Gump Bus”.

Not only can you look at the bus from the outside, you can climb on board and recreate this scene from the movie.

A scene from the film Forrest Gump where the bus on display at the AACA Museum was used.
The “Gump Bus” scene from the film Forrest Gump.

Depending on how old your kids are, they may have to Google the film to understand why Dad insisted on doing this!

Recreating the "bus scene" from Forrest Gump at the AACA Museum in Hershey Pennsylvania.
Recreating the “bus scene” from Forrest Gump.

The ground floor is also home to an exhibit tracing the evolution of ATVs.

An exhibit featuring the evolution of ATVs at the AACA Museum in Hershey Pennsylvania.
An exhibit featuring the evolution of ATVs.

I especially enjoyed this exhibit, as I remember riding many of these vehicles long before I was old enough to drive a car.

An exhibit featuring early examples of ATVs at the AACA Museum in Hershey Pennsylvania.
An exhibit featuring early examples of ATVs.

Vintage motorcycle fans will find lots to look at as well.

Antique motorcycles on display at the AACA Museum in Hershey Pennsylvania.
Antique motorcycles on display in the lower level of the museum.

The Roads to Rails model train exhibit resides on the ground floor of the museum.

The train room at the AACA Museum in Hershey Pennsylvania.
The train room at the AACA Museum.

As does the Flow Inn Café, a restored 1940s diner that originally resided in Wichita, Kansas.

The restored 1940s Floinn Café on the lower level of the AACA Museum in Hershey Pennsylvania.
The restored 1940s Flo Inn Café.

The Mezzanine at the AACA Museum

The mezzanine level of the rotunda features a number of smaller exhibits, including more motorcycles and scooters, hood ornaments, and other automotive-related collectibles.

The rotunda of the AACA Museum in Hershey Pennsylvania.
The rotunda.

Roadmaps, automotive-themed toys, and other vintage items are displayed in glass cases surrounding the mezzanine.

Greyhound Bus memorabilia on display at the AACA Museum in Hershey Pennsylvania.
Greyhound Bus memorabilia.

As a fan of the show, this Jackie Gleason / Ralph Kramden bus driver’s outfit from The Honeymooners caught my eye.

Transportation-themed games and Halloween costumes on display at the AACA Museum.
Transportation-themed games and Halloween costumes on display at the museum.

Hours and Directions

The AACA Museum is located at 161 Museum Drive, Hershey, PA 17033CLICK HERE to open a Google Map to the museum.

Looking down on the 1930s Miami Beach diorama at the AACA Museum in Hershey Pennsylvania.
Looking down on the first floor of the museum from the mezzanine.

The museum is open daily 9 am – 5 pm, closed on Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, Christmas, New Year’s Day.

The AACA Museum in Hershey is open daily from 9 am until 5 pm.
The AACA Museum in Hershey is open daily from 9 am until 5 pm.

Admission fees are: Adult $14.00, Children (4-12) $10.00, Senior (61+) $12.50, Under 3 – Free.

A 1966 Volkswagen Micro Bus on display at the AACA Museum in Hershey Pennsylvania.
A 1966 Volkswagen Micro Bus on display at the museum.

Parking is free and plentiful, and the entire museum is wheelchair accessible.

Joie Chitwood show posters on display at the AACA Museum in Hershey Pennsylvania.
Joie Chitwood show posters.

The Simeone Automotive Museum in Philadelphia is home to one of the world’s greatest collections of racing sports cars!

The Simeone Automotive Museum in Philadelphia.

The Swigart Auto Museum in Huntingdon County is the oldest automobile museum in the United States!

The Swigart Museum features between 30 and 35 cars on display each year from their larger collection.
The Swigart Museum features between 30 and 35 cars on display each year from their larger collection.

The Grice Museum in Clearfield County features nearly 70 classic cars on display, along with hundreds of taxidermy mounts of wild game animals from around the globe.

A grizzly bear guarding the showroom at the Grice Museum in Clearfield PA
A grizzly bear guarding the showroom at the Grice Museum in Clearfield.

Jerry’s Classic Cars and Collectibles Museum in Pottsville is MUCH more than just another car museum, featuring two floors of pop culture memorabilia and dozens of beautiful automobiles.

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.

Nearby Attractions

Hersheypark is PA’s largest and most-visited theme park, located in the town that bills itself as “the sweetest place on Earth”!

Exploring Hersheypark - PA's Sweetest Amusement Park
Hersheypark.

Located on a hill directly across the road from the entrance to HersheyparkHershey Gardens is a wonderful respite from the hustle and bustle of the busy theme park.

Exploring Hershey Gardens and Butterfly Atrium in Dauphin County Pennsylvania
Hershey Gardens.

Indian Echo Caverns is a beautiful “show cave” located 3 miles west of Hershey in Dauphin County.

Exploring Indian Echo Caverns near Hershey Pennsylvania.
Indian Echo Caverns.

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