Fort Lauderdale Antique Car Museum
Founded by Arthur O. Stone, a former floral company owner, the Fort Lauderdale Antique Car Museum has assembled an impressive stash of pre-war Packard automobiles and other memorabilia, excellently showcasing the development of American automotive engineering. Stone, an automobile aficionado, decked out the museum with everything from grease caps and gear-shift knobs to Texaco Oil signage from old gas stations. Please note: This attraction is currently closed due to COVID-19.
The recently expanded 30,000-square-foot (2,787-square-meter) museum features the largest collection of Packard cars and historical memorabilia such as hood ornaments, carburetors, horns, lighters and ashtrays, and more from 1900 onward, ranging from a 1909 Packard Model 18 Speedster to a 1947 Packard Model 2111 Clipper Eight Deluxe Custom PU Truck.
Alongside the automobiles is a gallery dedicated to the late President Franklin D. Roosevelt. Daily guided tours of the museum are available by request.
Things to know before you go
- The museum is also available for private events.
- This is a must-visit for car aficionados and history buffs.
- The museum only accepts cash.
How to get there
Located two blocks north of 17th Street on the west side of S.W. 1st. Avenue (also known as Packard Avenue), Fort Lauderdale Antique Car Museum is situated between downtown Fort Lauderdale and the airport. It’s about a 10-minute drive south from the popular Las Olas Boulevard in Fort Lauderdale.
When to get there
The museum is open Monday through Friday; call ahead if you plan to visit on Saturday. Plan to spend between half an hour to three hours touring the museum, depending on your interest. Overall, you can expect to encounter the biggest crowds in Fort Lauderdale from December to April, which is the city’s high season.
Las Olas Boulevard
Located in the heart of downtown Fort Lauderdale, Las Olas Boulevard boasts plenty of restaurants, bars, art galleries, and boutiques, and is a must-visit to grab a bite to eat or do some window shopping during your stay in the area. Plus, you can hop on a water taxi from here and explore the city’s many waterways.
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