Simeone Foundation Auto Museum6825 Norwitch Drive
Philadelphia PA 19153 visit site> See All Our Pictures on HipsterHenry Flickr With the Philadelphia Auto Show over and the snow still on the ground I thought it was worth reissuing a previous post on the Simeone Auto Museum. This is a great museum for any toddler that loves car. This is also a great museum to let your little ones run. You never hear about this one but it is worth adding to the list.
Hidden behind that row of car dealerships on Essington Ave is the Simeone Foundation Auto Museum. Last time I was getting work done on our car I saw one of those small cardboard signs stuck in the ground that said: Race Car Museum. I was interested but I didn’t think anything of it…until we went for a visit.
The museum is a medium-sized warehouse and by the front desk’s surprise to see us I am guessing it is not busy on non-event days. And indeed we had the entire place to ourselves. The cars are broken into different vignettes by year, decade, country or style.
They really did a great job displaying the cars. Now I love cars so I am a little bias on this trip but some of the race cars are totally awesome. We each picked out our favorites. If you can CARS movie fans in the house it is really good to see the real Hudson Hornet (Doc) and they usually have a GM G platform car otherwise known as Chicks Hicks.
Although the museum is a good size it took my boys 30-45 minutes to go through the whole thing because they are too little to read about each car they just ran from car to car to car with excitement shouting “Look at this one!”
On a rainy day when you are looking for just a short non-taxing trip out of the house this is ideal. I would go back because I think the boys would love the hub bub of an event there and to hear the roar of the cars.
- Check out their events because once a month they fire up the cars
- All one level and extremely stroller friendly
- There is a dog at the entrance that is super (based on what he let Oliver get away with) friendly
- There is a gift shop and a “cafe” which is a rooms with tables and vending machines.
- Bathrooms are located towards the middle of the museum
- Plenty of easy parking. Might be a little tougher on event days
- 15 minutes from Northern Liberties