This is the most eclectic museum I’ve ever been to! “It’s more than a museum . . . it’s a journey,” says the brochure. Yes, the name is Tallahassee Automobile Museum, however there’s much more to see and discover inside this two story treasure chest of over 160 cars. Besides race cars, show cars, classic cars, movie cars and antique cars, there are also pedal cars, horseless carriages, motorcycles, bicycles, tractors, trucks, boats, canoes, model airplanes and spaceships! If you like classic and antique things, you’ll be happy here perusing the collections of brass fans, adding machines, cash registers, typewriters, cameras, dolls, action figures and more. If you like weapons, you’ll find knives and guns. If you like golf you’ll find multiple sets of clubs with real wood drivers. For those that are nostalgic about things of their youth, you’ll find Wheaties boxes, baseball cards, baseballs, basketballs, footballs and golf balls. Posters and pictures abound throughout with many sports heroes and icons gracing the walls of this museum. What, you say you like music? How about a grand collection of one-of-a-kind Steinway grand pianos – yes, this place has it. Did I mention the safes and early dental equipment? You say you’re more of an avid outdoorsman? How would you like to see a collection of Native American artifacts, outboard motors and fishing lures?
Here are some of the most popular vehicles on display: A hearse (one of the six original) that carried Abraham Lincoln on his journey to be buried. The duck car that the “Penguin” drove in the Batman movie franchise – not to mention numerous Batmobiles. There’s even a car made out of wood that actually drives. Speaking of which, all vehicles in the collection are kept in driving condition.
Up front when you first walk in is a tribute chopper to an American serviceman killed in action that is remarkable for its paintwork and craftsmanship. The bottom line is that there’s something for everyone to see here. Bring the whole family, split up and arrange to meet an hour or three later and everyone can take their own personal journey through this incredible museum.
For more information visit: www.tacm.com.
NOTE: While I was there, I spent a bit of time (after I perused the museum) with two of the ladies (Tamara Jung and Dianna Beal) who work there to get their take on the facility. In this short interview, they talk about some of the events that the museum hosts and items that have caught their eyes as well.
By Larry Mason
Copyright © 2022 Larry Mason
When you arrive at the Tallahassee Automobile Museum you’ll be greeted outside by Elvis Presley and his Elvismobile Cadillac. Whatever you do, stay off of his blue suede shoes!
In this wide panoramic shot, you can see display cases on the left and right containing numerous items while the main car display is right in the middle of the first floor. The second floor also has a tremendous collection of cars, etc. to see.
This is one of the six original hearses that was used to carry the body of President Lincoln to his final resting place. The museum has a map of that final journey on display.
Rick Mast’s NASCAR Cup car is surrounded by display cases of scale model vehicles of all types along with a Nomex ® driver’s suit and helmet.
One of numerous Steinway pianos on display that feature intricate artwork and carvings, add to the incredible collection of items here.
Multiple Batman movie cars are on display. Note the Penguin’s Duck car in the background.
The “Woody” is street legal and built upon a modified 1980 Chevy Caprice frame. The body is made of red oak and plywood and is modeled after a 1931 Ford Model A.
A large variety of pedal cars are “driven” by stuffed animals around an oval race track.
Photos and interview Copyright © 2022 by Larry Mason