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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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  • This isn't the most special museum or the most themed auto museum I've ever been to, but for all the unique vehicles on display, it's worth a visit for the true car lover. From an Indy car from Bobby ...  more »
  • Loved learning about all the car companies that originated in Cleveland years ago, as well as seeing the cars, the stainless steel cars and riding the carousel for the kids. You will learn a lot about...  more »
  • The most impressive thing here for me was the 12-feet long sailing boat Tinker Bell, the smallest boat that has crossed the Atlantic. Fascinating story, and a wonder he survived. One day he got washed...  more »
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  • Fun and interesting place to see. Lots of antique cars. It was worth the $10 admission.
  • Cleveland's best, ongoing classic autoshow (in the basement of Western Reserve Historical Society. From the Dolorean to Ford, old Mercedes to Pontiac.
  • They have a beautiful collection of cars from different historical periods.
  • Out of a handful auto museums I have been to, nothing really stands out to me about it, but it's gonna get 5 stars because it was super quiet and every single staff I interacted with was incredibly friendly. One woman in particular, I think her name was Jenna, answered a bunch of questions of ours
  • Definitely worth a visit. We spent about 2 hours and could have spent much longer.