Crawford Auto-Aviation Museum, Cleveland

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The Crawford Auto-Aviation Collection is a museum in the University Circle neighborhood of Cleveland, Ohio. Part of the Western Reserve Historical Society, it was founded by industrialist Frederick C. Crawford of TRW, and opened in 1965. The collection began as the Thompson Products Auto Album, which was also founded by Crawford.Its eclectic collection of classic vehicles includes a replica of 1890s Cleveland main street, antique carriages, early Harley Davidson motorcycles, a Willys Custom Sedan, and a P-51 Mustang racing plane used in the National Air Races. The oldest car in the collection is an 1895 Panhard et Levassor, while the most modern is the robotic car named "DEXTER", which was team Team Case's entry in 2007 DARPA Urban Challenge 2007, in which it placed in the top 20 entries., the museum has 37 cars that are more than 100 years old, the largest such collection in the world. One of the rarest cars in the collection is an aluminum bodied 1932 prototype Peerless, designed by Frank Hershey, which was never put into production and was the last passenger vehicle made in Cleveland.
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  • Very interesting place, good combination of aviation and automotive history, interest8ng to see some vehicles that you’ve only ever seen on t.v or in films. Nice rainy day activity  more »
  • Nice place, tied with the Cleveland history. Has the Euclid park merry go round. Cars, planes, a couple motorcycles. Political buttons, the Manson’s, look at the details in the wood work. Nice place t...  more »
  • Besides the auto and air display, this museum offers a view of old Cleveland. The cars and airplanes are terrific. Then there is the old merry go round from Euclid Beach Park....which you can ride fre...  more »
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  • Must do if you are exploring Cleveland history. Great audio/ visual nuggets of Cleveland lore from then to now. My favorite exhibit is the Euclid Beach Merry-go-round, 2 rides with admission, operator was very knowledgeable. I also love that Humphreys popcorn balls are available in the gift shop. Drop a pin here when traversing University Circle.
  • Loved this place... staff was great and so many cars! Not a lot of walking... sounds lazy, yet I say that to point out how close and vast the exhibits.
  • Smaller collection than some, but the stories tied to the collection were great. Lots of supporting documents and items. Could use an update on their sign and set designs. But eveyone was very friendly and full of information!
  • I visited the museum on "Euclid Beach Day" and it was awesome. I loved the popcorn balls, taffy, games, face painting for kids, and most of all, unlimited rides on the carousel. I hope they have more special days like this in the future.
  • This is a great place, it's so much fun ! Everyone should go see it.

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