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William E. Swigart, Jr. Automobile Museum

12031 William Penn Highway
814-643-0885

Nearly a century of automotive history is in store for those who come to Huntingdon. The Swigart Museum is the oldest automobile museum in America having been established in 1920 by the late W. Emmert Swigart. It started as one man's effort to preserve a vanishing portion of Americana. At the time Mr. Swigart began collecting automobiles, the automotive industry was just 25 years old and many car manufacturers were already out of business. In most cases the aged automobile became scrap iron or was dismembered to provide the needed part for some other apparatus. Fortunately W. Emmert Swigart realized the automobile industry was evolving quickly and the past was being lost. His fondness for pre-1914 automobiles is evident in the collection.

Upon the death of Emmert Swigart on December 17, 1949, his son, William E. Swigart, Jr., as the only member of the family with a true love and interest in the collections, took over where his father left off and has developed them to almost 200 vehicles.

Mr. Swigart relished the thought of preserving intact the collection that his father started.



Reviews

melody laurel

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Tuesday, Oct. 17, 2017
Great little museum. Lots of automotive history and a surprising amount of concourse awarded autos. A local Cars and coffee every third Saterday

Mike Flasher

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Tuesday, July 18, 2017
It has some really neat cars, a few model trains, antique bikes and collected toys. The signs are informative. There is an admission fee but kids under 6 are free. You cannot touch the items.

Jennifer Ransom

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Saturday, June 17, 2017
Great little place to step back in time for awhile! Good info boards at each vehicle - well displayed! My 9 year old son enjoyed it much more than expected! The owner was very knowledgeable!

Jami Rohland

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Tuesday, Oct. 10, 2017
Loved Loved this place. Much bigger than it looks from the road. The staff was super knowledgeable and friendly.

Steven Zerbe

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Monday, Aug. 28, 2017
Lots of neat cars and one of a kinds that you won't see elsewhere. And the staff is friendly and knowledgeable.

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