Owls Head Museum for Auto Buffs of All Ages



Mainers take pride and great interest in their vehicles whether it’s the latest John Deere tractor or a wood-paneled “woodie” bus used for transporting sardine packers to work decades ago. Coastal Maine is fortunate to have the Owls Head Transportation Museum and Mount Desert Island’s Seal Cove Auto Museum (See page 17), where many of the finer specimens have been retired over the years.

Mainers take pride and great interest in their vehicles whether it’s the latest John Deere tractor or a wood-paneled “woodie” bus used for transporting sardine packers to work decades ago. Coastal Maine is fortunate to have the Owls Head Transportation Museum and Mount Desert Island’s Seal Cove Auto Museum (See page 17), where many of the finer specimens have been retired over the years.

Open year-round, The Owls Head Transportation Museum is located two miles south of Rockland on Route 73 in Owls Head. The museum boasts one of the finest collections of pioneer-era aircraft and automobiles in the world. More than 100 historic aircraft, automobiles, bicycles, carriages and engines are on permanent display. The Aircraft Collection contains replicas and originals representing the first century of flight, from Cayley’s unmanned glider (1804) to the legendary Curtiss Jenny of the barnstorming era. An outstanding collection of automobiles spans the late 19th century and early 20th century, and includes the 1963 Prototype Mustang and a 1935 Stout Scarab (called the world’s first mini-van, one of only six ever made).

In addition to weekend events, the museum is offering “Cruise Nights” the first Thursday of the month. The next event is Sept. 4. From 5:30 to 8:30 p.m., antique, classic and special interest vehicles (pre-1988) and motorcycles are invited to cruise on Runway 17 for a fun evening of camaraderie, car and cycle talk and good food. There is no year restriction for sanctioned car and motorcycle clubs. Activities include museum tours, special giveaways, music and demonstrations. A unique vehicle will be showcased at each Cruise Night, either from the museum or a private collection.

In coming months, the museum is hosting many special events. They include the Sports Car & New England Corvette Meet & Antique Aeroplane Show on Sept. 21, the Richard C. Paine Jr. Charitable Trust Benefit Auction on Sept. 26-27, the Foreign Auto Festival & Antique Aeroplane Show on Oct. 12 and the Great Fall Auction on Nov. 2.

For more information, call the museum at (207) 594-4418 or visit ohtm.org.

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