American cars have become an increasingly rare sight ever since the introduction of energy-efficient transportation like the commuter catapult and potato sacks. Take a closer look at these endangered animals with today's Groupon to America on Wheels. Choose from the following options:
- For $15, you get an Associate/Fuel Fill Up membership (a $35 value), which includes unlimited admission for one adult, invitations to special events, a 10% discount at the gift shop, free use of the library, and the Spoke & Word e-newsletter.
- For $3, you get a one-day pass to the museum (up to a $7 value).
Through its interactive permanent and temporary exhibits, America on Wheels celebrates the history of the motor vehicle in the United States and its impact on our culture. After ambling amongst the hot rods and carburetored curiosities in the lobby, head to the north gallery and view many of the "firsts" in automotive history, including one of the the first American cars ever made, an early electric car, and the first car to successfully transform into a giant fighting robot. Along the way, interactive exhibits will give Encyclopedia Browns a chance to solve the mystery of who actually built the first car (participants are not allowed to cheat by flipping to the back of the museum) and even design their own ride. The south gallery focuses on Mack trucks and bikes. And if you visit America on Wheels before November, you'll get to marvel at "Pure Muscle—Fast, Fun and Furious," which showcases the sleek Space Age aesthetics and humming horsepower of classic 1960s muscle cars like the 1967 Ford Shelby Mustang and the 1969 Corvette convertible, as well as the 1970 Plymouth Road Runner and its short-lived competitor, the 1970 Acme Coyote.
Beyond carriages both horseless and horsepowered, America on Wheels also devotes space to alternative modes of conveyance, such as bicycles, hijacked nuclear submarines, and a special exhibit on the soapbox derby racer. Speeding over the horizon is the museum's 2011 showcase of Chevrolets, set to arrive just in time for Chevy's centennial. The hands-on exhibits and fascinating facts at America on Wheels will delight grizzled gearheads and their pint-sized pit crews alike.
Though there are no online reviews for America on Wheels, it has received press from The Auto Channel, Old Cars Weekly, and Eastern Pennsylvania Business Journal. The museum was also mentioned in the Washington Post.
America On Wheels
The 43,000 square-foot facility of America On Wheels is dedicated to preserving and showcasing the expansive history of American transportation. Within that, 23,000 square feet are devoted entirely to exhibit space, where guests will find a variety of classic cars, racing vehicles, trucks, and motorcycles. Rotating exhibits have included topics such as classic cars of the 1930's (including a 1933 Buick), muscle cars, and trains. In addition to offering family memberships and group tours, the facility hosts rentals of its space and a museum store, as well as a classic café complete with ice cream, shakes, floats, and hot dogs.