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Hershey Happenings at the AACA Museum

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On: Sat, May 17, 2014 at 7:48AM | By: Gary P Garry


Hershey Happenings at the AACA Museum

If you live on the East Coast and you want to go on a really sweet road trip, you should consider a visit to Hershey, Pennsylvania. (Sorry, but I just couldn't resist.)

Most people immediately think about candy when they think about Hershey, and it is the home of the “Great American Chocolate Bar.” However, one of the top classic car museums in the country is also located in Hershey.

The Antique Automobile Club of America Museum is a place that you really must visit if you are a true school classic car fan. There are a number of different exhibits to experience at the AACA Museum, and the offerings change on a periodic basis. There are over 150 vehicles in the museum's permanent collection, and they were all donated.

When they say that they have antique cars, they are not kidding. There is an 1895 Chicago Benton Harbor, with a seven-horsepower engine that could reach a top speed of 23 miles per hour. That was enough to make the car a viable contender from a racing perspective.

There is also a 1896 Quadricycle that was built by Henry Ford. It has a two-cylinder, four-horsepower engine, and it weighs just 500 pounds. You can also see a one-cylinder 1897 Aldrich Autobuggy at the Antique Automobile Club of America Museum.

At the current time, there are a number of different active exhibits. One of them contains a Hershey Kissmobile Cruiser, which looks like three big Hershey's kisses on wheels. In addition to the Hershey exhibit there is an exhibit featuring a stainless steel 1967 Lincoln Continental convertible; a Whitney Houston Rolls-Royce exhibit; and an Indian motorcycle exhibit.

The Antique Automobile Club of America Museum is located at 161 Museum Dr. in Hershey. It is open every day of the week from nine o'clock in the morning until five o'clock in the afternoon. They do recommend that you arrive no later than four o'clock if you want to fully enjoy all that the museum has to offer. Admission is just ten dollars for adults and seven dollars for children.

While you are in Hershey, you may also want to visit the Museum Experience at The Hershey Story. It tells the amazing rags to riches story of the life Milton Hershey, the founder of the iconic candy company.


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