Exploring the Grice Museum in Clearfield County

The best things to see and do at the Grice Museum in Clearfield Pennsylvania.

If you’re looking for an “only in central Pennsylvania” destination to visit with the family this summer, the Grice Museum in Clearfield should be high on your list!

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.

Here you’ll find nearly 70 classic cars on display, along with hundreds of taxidermy mounts of wild game animals from around the globe.

Smokey the Bear greeting visitors to the Grice Museum in Clearfield.
Smokey the Bear greeting visitors to the Grice Museum in Clearfield.

Whether you’re a serious automotive history buff or just looking for some kitschy fun, here’s what you can expect to see when visiting this iconic Clearfield County museum.

Vintage Cadillac on display at the Grice Museum in Clearfield PA
Vintage Cadillac on display at the Grice Museum in Clearfield.

How to Find the Grice Museum

The Grice Museum is located at 119 North 4th Street in downtown Clearfield.

Front entrance of the Grice Museum in Clearfield, Pennsylvania.
Front entrance of the Grice Museum in Clearfield, Pennsylvania.

Parking is free in the large lot directly in front of the museum.

In the age of COVID, I’d encourage you to visit the museum’s official website for the most up-to-date hours and admission prices/policies.

The Grice Museum is closed November 1 through the Friday before Memorial Day, making this a summer destination.

Exterior of the Grice Museum in Clearfield PA.
Exterior of the Grice Museum in Clearfield

Touring the Grice Museum

As with any great museum, you enter and exit through the gift shop!

Gift shop at the Grice Museum in Clearfield PA
Gift shop at the Grice Museum in Clearfield, PA.

The entrance to the actual display area is a replica of the small gas station operated by Scoot and Janet Grice, who through hard work and determination ultimately transformed that small-time operation into a successful gun store that is now one of the largest in Pennsylvania.

Vintage automotive repair tools and supplies at the Grice Museum in Clearfield PA
Vintage automotive repair tools and supplies at the Grice Museum in Clearfield.

In 1994 Scoot and Janet Grice constructed the Grice Museum and then donated it to the citizens of Clearfield.

Vintage Ford truck on display at the Grice Museum in Clearfield.
Vintage Ford truck on display at the Grice Museum in Clearfield.

Vintage muscle cars are well represented in the Grice Museum collection.

Vintage Ford Mustang at the Grice Museum in Clearfield PA.
Vintage Ford Mustang at the Grice Museum in Clearfield.

There are also examples of some more modern muscle cars as well.

Dodge Viper on display at the Grice Museum on Clearfield.
Dodge Viper on display at the Grice Museum on Clearfield.

The Grice Museum is home to a rare collection of Crosley cars, a small, independent vehicle manufacturer based in Cincinnati from 1939 to 1952.

Crosley display at the Grice Museum in Clearfield Pennsylvania.
Crosley display at the Grice Museum in Clearfield.

If you enjoy collecting diecast vehicles, the Grice Museum has an extensive collection of those as well.

Diecast cars and motorcycles on display at the Grice Museum in Clearfield.
Diecast cars and motorcycles on display at the Grice Museum in Clearfield.

And of course you can’t miss the hundreds of mounted game animals and fish, harvested by many hunters and fishermen from around the world, displayed on the walls and floor of the Grice Museum.

A taxidermy display at the Grice Museum in Clearfield Pennsylvania.
A taxidermy display at the Grice Museum in Clearfield.

In short, if you love automotive history and the American “car culture”, you’ll find something to love at the Grice Museum in Clearfield.

Pin-up airbrush art on one of the vintage cars at the Grice Museum in Clearfield PA
Pin-up airbrush art on one of the vintage cars at the Grice Museum in Clearfield

And if, like me, you enjoy photo-ops that will mortify your children in years to come, then you’ll love the Grice Museum even more!

A grizzly bear photo-op at the Grice Museum in Clearfield.
The author enjoying a grizzly bear photo-op at the Grice Museum in Clearfield.

Nearby Attractions

Bilger’s Rocks, a 300 million year-old natural “rock city” in Clearfield County, is a must-see for fans of geology and all things megalithic!

Taking in the scene at Bilger's Rocks in Clearfield County, Pennsylvania.
Taking in the scene at Bilger’s Rocks in Clearfield County.

Billed by the Bilger’s Rocks Association (the group that owns and maintains the park) as “Pennsylvania’s Best Rock Outcropping”, Bilger’s Rocks is open year round from dawn until dusk.

The entrance to Bilgers Rocks near Grampian Pennsylvania.
The entrance to Bilger’s Rocks on a winter afternoon.

Doolittle Station in DuBois is an eclectic mix of restaurants, museums, a brewery, and a bed and breakfast, all housed in historic train cars!

Aerial view of the front half of Doolittle Station in DuBois Pennsylvania.
Aerial view of the front half of Doolittle Station in DuBois.

The Presidential Train Car Bed and Breakfast at Doolittle Station in DuBois is your chance to spend the night on a perfectly-preserved tain car built for early 1900s railroad tycoons!

The dining room area at the front of the Presidential Train Car bed and breakfast at Doolittle Station.
The dining room area at the front of the Presidential Train Car Bed and Breakfast at Doolittle Station.

The Saint Severin Old Log Church in Clearfield County is a well-preserved example of mid-19th century “frontier” architecture.

Saint Severin Old Log Church in Clearfield County, Pennsylvania.
Saint Severin Old Log Church in Clearfield County, Pennsylvania.

Projecting an image that is both holy yet austere, Saint Severin is an interesting trip back in time and well worth a visit.

Interior view of Saint Severin Old Log Church.
Interior view of Saint Severin Old Log Church.

McGees Mills Covered Bridge is the last remaining historic covered bridge in Clearfield County.

McGees Mills Covered Bridge Clearfield County Pennsylvania
McGees Mills Covered Bridge in Clearfield County.

Covered Bridge Road passes through the bridge and it is still open to vehicular traffic nearly 150 years after it was constructed in 1873.

Interior of McGees Mills Covered Bridge in Pennsyvania
Interior of McGees Mills Covered Bridge in Clearfield County, Pennsylvania.

The Kunes Camp Trail is located in the Clearfield County portion of the Quehanna Wild Area.

Kunes Camp trailhead near the Quehanna Highway
Kunes Camp trailhead near the Quehanna Highway

This 1 mile hike (one-way) leads to the ruins of an abandoned hunting camp that was built in between two gigantic boulders.

Top-down view of Kunes Camp in the Quehanna Wild Area
Top-down view of Kunes Camp in the Quehanna Wild Area.

The Ultimate Clearfield County Road Trip maps out a 109 mile adventure to see the best natural and man-made attractions in Clearfield County!

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