This is a tiny museum for its type, as you'd expect for its location, and thus it's an intersting place to spend a few hours if you're into transportation history. A few of the exhibits,notably the pedal cars and the temporary display of exotic cars are quite good. The balance of the museum is rather dull, and the exhibit placards are very difficult to read due to awkward placements near the floor and tiny font sizes. In addition, some displays are badly in need of updating; the hybrid technology display in particular is ancient and a thinly-veiled product placement for Toyota at the expense of domestic auto manufacturers who now produce more efficient and less expensive vehicles. Minor quibbles like this aside, AoW is a nice addition to downtown Allentown and has plenty of convenient parking.
I love seen all the antique cars and all the history. Beautiful place and my family enjoyed it very much.
We are members of AOW, and we love visiting several times per year whenever they change the upstairs feature exhibit. They have had great themed exhibits such as "woodies" last summer and the current "supercars and guitars." They, also have special invitational events for members like last night's gala, which featured wines, catered food from several area restaurants, and live music performed by local artists on the sponsors' Martin guitars. If you are from the area don't just visit, become a member!
The museum has a nice collection of vehicles. Cars, trucks (Macs!) and other. They had a room with sportscars (which was not part of the usual collection) There is also a room which is dedicated to the restauration process. Staff was friendly and helpfull. Worth a visit!!
I have been here at least twice, they have a standard museum experience, and sometime there are special exhibits. They are all very nicely done and admission is inexpensive. It is seldom very busy so it can be a really nice experience, you can take your time and browse through at a leisurely pace.
Our family (with 2 teenage boys) went to this museum over the Christmas holiday break. 2 floors of building with easy accessibility and nice flow of exhibits. Lots of vintage vehicles (some restored and some not) and transportation historical information to see, read, and enjoy. Special (for the holidays) train exhibit and guitar exhibit were fun to see. Admission under $40 for family of 4. Friendly staff.
A great under the radar museum that has quite the niche of a collection of vintage vehicles. Really interesting exhibits that are curated in a very nice way, putting them in context while preserving the integrity of the cars or bikes or even Mack trucks. Actually there is an entire room dedicated to Mack trucks-they are truly part of the American Success story. We loved our leisurely visit of a couple hours, and enjoyed our conversations with the extremely dedicated and knowledgable staff.
We went to the museum as part of a charity event and didn't expect too much and really enjoyed it. Especially the room where they explain how they rehabilitate the old cars. The cafe was really near too. Easy parking and friendly staff.
I'd rate this museum a "Good," but it's not an option; my son and I have been to other antique car museums which have housed many more cars and vintage vehicles, but I thought that the truck exhibit in this museum was very interesting and unique. Regarding the cars, there is a sampling from each vintage era, but there are the most amount of cars on the top floor, from more recent decades (We prefer looking at the real antique cars and the old Ford type cars.). There's a room with a model train layout, and a room, which shows the restoration process of a vehicle, although it could have used more explanation.
I like that they're constantly changing the exhibit several times a year otherwise it would be boring. I've attended several fundraisers at America on Wheels that were a blast!
Great place to go if you really love cars. Mostly antique. But its very interesting place to go if you want to learn the history of cars.
It was snowing and we wanted to find an indoor activity. Glad we found America on Wheels. From antique to classic to exotic cars, they have it all. Throughout the museum, there are gentlemen who love nothing more than to talk about the cars and the history. A very enjoyable afternoon.