Cars of the past had engines that were more powerful than those of today’s cars because every trip they made was uphill. Relive the physics-defying good old days with today’s Groupon: for $15, you get four tickets to the Canton Classic Car Museum in Canton (up to a $30 value). The museum's hours are 10 a.m.–5 p.m. seven days a week, and children younger than 6 are admitted for free.
Packed with 45 rare and unusual classic cars, as well as thousands of pieces of historical memorabilia, the Canton Classic Car Museum delivers potent, concentrated nostalgia. Guests can revisit the days of one-horse towns and two-lane highways by perusing premier horseless chariots, such as a 1970 Plymouth Super Bird, while iconic 1950s convertibles from Chevy and Cadillac flap their fins like flirtatious fish. Intriguing specialty cars showcase the unique needs people of the past had for their automobiles, such as the 1937 Studebaker President bulletproof police car, with inch-thick windows and portholes for tommy guns, or the Amphicar, an early '60s invention that could be driven straight into a lake and used as a boat.
Victims of shrink rays who have lost all semblance of a normal life can take built-to-scale solace in the large collection of vintage Tonka trucks and Hot Wheels cars, and a typewritten portrait of FDR made by an inmate in 1941 lets unskilled poker players finally read someone’s face. The museum also has hundreds of classic-advertising pieces on display—porcelain signs, boxes, tins, containers, and cans that earnestly compel visitors to buy products that no longer exist.
Canton Classic Car Museum
The Canton Classic Car Museum exhibits 40 pristine and restored automobiles from yesteryear, which mingle among rare memorabilia pulled from the last two centuries. In one of the decade-focused rooms, a Packard hearse shares floor space with a 1937 bulletproof Studebaker, a car designed to protect policemen from bank robbers and dive-bombing pigeons. Cars like the 1966 Ford Mustang Convertible offset rare and little-known models such as the Holmes, built in Canton and declared possibly America's ugliest car.
Filling the walls and the spaces between the cars, oriental rugs and vintage Tonka trucks mix in with treasures from Canton’s bygone era. A fortune-telling machine from Meyers Lake Amusement Park stands ready to peer into the future, porcelain signs advertise businesses long since closed, and political keepsakes from President McKinley’s term remind viewers of a time when the political machine was focused on keeping outer space from crushing Earth.
123 SW 6th St.
Canton, Ohio 44720Get Directions