Not Your Average Car Museum – Tampa Bay Automobile Museum

Hidden on the back roads of Pinellas Park, Florida is a museum which showcases a unique collection of rare vintage vehicles. Housed in 14,000 square feet of space, the Tampa Bay Automobile Museum has vehicles that demonstrate the engineering achievements that have helped the evolution of the automobile.

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Included is a replica of the first ever self-propelled vehicle in the world, the 1770 Fardier De Cugnot.

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There is an early model of the electric car on display here too. The 1922 Milburn Electric Light automobile was produced by a company that was once owned by George Milburn of Milburn Wagon Factory fame.

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The impressive collection of over 60 vehicles includes automobiles by Willys Knight and Ruxton, Ford, Cord, Maserati, DeLorean, BSA, Allard, Alvis, Stoewer, Mercedes, DKW, Audi, Alder, Tatra, Aero Voisin, Tracta Talbot Lago, Salmson, Peugeot, Citron and Amilcar among others.

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Plan on spending about an hour reading about all the different cars, there are a few videos to watch too. This isn’t your normal automobile museum, these vehicles are rare.

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This Maserati was probably my favorite

Out front of the museum is a really cool display of an artists rendition of metal monsters

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If you enjoy museums, check out my in-depth article about the Dali Museum in St. Petersburg, Florida here, and the amazing Chihuly blown-glass Collection here.

The Tampa Bay Automobile Museum welcomes tour groups and will conduct docent-led tours if arranged in advance. Tour groups of 12 people or more are offered a $5 per person admission fee.

ADMISSION FEES

$8 per person

$6 for seniors

$5 for students

Children under 12 are free

HOURS

10 am – 4 pm (Monday, Wednesday-Saturday)

Noon – 4 pm (Sundays)

Closed Tuesdays and major holidays

ADDRESS

3301 Gateway Centre Blvd.

Pinellas Park, FL 33782

(727) 579-8226

EMAIL

info@tbauto.org

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JP Twitter Pic2Hi my name is JP Chartier and I write for Gutter Pup Adventures.com where you can expect to read well-written and entertaining articles about the people and places that often get overlooked at many popular vacation destinations around the world.

 

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