America on Wheels Museum offers a view into the past, present and future of our nations transportation by exhibiting artifacts over time. Mannequins are used in exhibits with period dress to set the stage of each era. The museum collection has 56 automobiles, 9 motorcycles, 15 bicycles and assorted wheeled vehicles.
America on Wheels Museum is a 43,000 square feet facility with 23,000 square feet of exhibit space in galleries with exhibits. Five galleries in the 2-story facility each with specific collections. They are in the main entrance, Lobby gallery, South gallery, North gallery, and Art gallery. A second floor contains rotating exhibits, HubCap Café and a vehicle art gallery. The museum store has souvenirs for sale.
The museum should not be judged entirely by its quantity of vehicles but by the quality of each. Lets look at some of the unique items of the collection. A 1932 Lincoln Coupe (model 244B KB) is one of only 23 that were produced. There is a 1931 Cadillac V-12 Fleetwood Roadster which 91 were built, some locally in Fleetwood, PA. The museum seemingly has nearly every type of wheeled vehicle. There are numerous vehicles that are fascinating to see, from the modern Segway Transporter, a 2006 paratrooper bike to a 1910 Flying Merkel Motorcycle.
Winter Hours (January – March)
Wednesday – Saturday 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Sunday noon – 4:00 PM
Summer Hours ( April – December)
Tuesday – Saturday 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Sunday noon – 5:00 PM
General Admission – $8.00
Students 6-16 $4.00
Children under 5 free
America on Wheels Museum
5 North Front Street
Allentown PA the third highest populated city of 118,032 in Pennsylvania, is the fastest growing in the state. It is on the Lehigh River, 62 miles north of Philadelphia, 93 miles west of New York City, and 313 miles southwest of Boston MA.
The major manufacturing facility for Mack trucks is in the city. Allentown’s economy was manufacturing based but now is diverse as the corporate headquarters for several global companies, its largest employer Lehigh Valley Hospital and Health Network.
Mack Trucks Historical Museum has a collection of artifacts and vehicles showing the log history of the leading American truck manufacturer. The museum is in the best location since the corporate headquarters was in Allentown for over 100 years and continues to be produced in the city.
Liberty Bell Museum at 622 W. Hamilton Street Allentown, PA is 1 miles south west of America on Wheels Museum. It’s home of a replica copy of the Liberty Bell.
America on Wheels Museum is a 4-½ hour drive of 290 miles from Rochester NY. Drive east on I-90 Thruway to Syracuse the US 81 south into Pennsylvania. Continue on US 81 south past Scranton to DuPont then US 476 south to Allentown following signs to America on Wheels Museum.
One visitor made the following comment.
“A great under the radar museum that has quite the niche of a collection of vintage vehicles.”