Trucks are constantly changing, from the appearance of the first truck to today. Today there are more than 300 truck manufacturers in the world. The figure is even higher if we count the manufacturers that no longer work.
If you are a truck lover, you will be interested to see what a truck with a trailer looked like 30 years ago, or what kind of trucks were driven in America 70 years ago. An old ice cream truck that kids ran after, and an old long-haul truck that hasn’t been on the road for a long time.
You can see all this and many other interesting things in one of the many truck museums. We have prepared a list of 5 great truck museums that you can visit this summer.
National Auto & Truck Museum
1000 Gordon M Buehrig Pl, Auburn, IN 46706, United States
Adults – $10
Children Ages 5-12 – $5
Nestled in the middle of Small Town, USA, Auburn, Indiana was home to many horseless carriage and motorcar manufacturing companies. It is here where E. L. Cord chose to expand an automotive empire with Auburn and Cord automobile factories. As you stroll through the remaining production buildings of the Auburn Automobile Company, you can almost feel and hear the excitement of the designers and mechanics working to create some of the world’s finest automobiles.
B.C. Vintage Truck Museum
6022 176 St, Surrey, BC V3S 4E7, Canada
Collection of Vintage Trucks dating all the way back to 1914. There is a lot of BC trucking history to be seen, including many trucks from the King collection.
Iowa 80 Trucking Museum
505 Sterling Dr, Walcott, IA 52773, United States
Free to enter. Donation optional.
This is a real nice place for a family and for a parent who can help family members to understand exactly what they read and are looking at.
A museum of trucking history with antique models, vintage memorabilia & a gift shop. A founder, Bill Moon, had a passion for collecting antique trucks and other trucking memorabilia. A museum share this collection with the general public. Every truck has a story to tell and can provide a unique glimpse back in time. Many rare and one-of-a-kind trucks are on display. View short films about trucking history in our REO theater; a great way to learn even more about the trucks of yesterday.
Pacific Northwest Truck Museum
3995 Brooklake Rd NE, Salem, OR 97303, United States
Admission: $6 for anyone over 12.
A non-profit organization dedicated to preserving trucking history. A group of corporate executives and truck drivers founded the Museum in October of 1989. This mix of talent provided them with the skills to preserve and present all aspects of trucking history; including trucks, trucking artefacts, the history of trucking companies, component manufacturers, and biographies of the people who made it all happen. The museum is an all-volunteer organisation funded entirely by membership dues, corporate and individual donations.
C Grier Beam Truck Museum
111 N Mountain St, Cherryville, NC 28021, United States
Housed in the original gas station where Carolina Freight had its humble beginnings, you can explore over 7500 square feet of vintage trucking memorabilia covering over seven decades. Catch the spirit that sparked the growth of one of America’s largest and most respected companies in the world!