Crawford Auto-Aviation Museum, Cleveland

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The Crawford Auto-Aviation Museum is a collection in the University Circle neighborhood of Cleveland, Ohio. Part of the Western Reserve Historical Society and housed at the Cleveland History Center, 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 (currently under restoration), 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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  • The Crawford Auto Aviation Museum held a United We brunch for The Scene Magazine. I enjoyed the downstairs where there were classical cars. Otherwise this Museum was being held for a brunch by several different restaurants. They had a mimosa section right by the Bloody Marys. Only complaint I have about that as they only used one kind of Tito's and it did not taste well with My Bloody Mary. There was another drink they made for me that was made of Tito's and I can't remember what else I want to say it was a lemonade drink. I couldn't drink that either because the one Tito's they had just did not taste well with the drinks they were making maybe if they had the white label titos drinks would have tasted better because drinks were not all that everyone went downstairs where the cool cars were and where their beers were beers went by so fast because not everyone was feeling the brown label Tito's
  • Be sure to take a ride on the old Euclid Beach carousel. It's like brand new. The cars and airplanes are pretty neat too.
  • Great to visit. Great place to volunteer! Cleveland's outstanding place in early automotive industry and also in the National Air Races of the 1930s and 40s are well represented by the cars and planes that are displayed and explained.
  • 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.
  • This is located inside the Cleveland History museum. Lots of great displays of Cleveland's history, a carousel that was completely refirbised from the Euclid beach park that you can ride. And Crawford's car museum had 50 plus antique cars of all kind.
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