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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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  • I love classic cars, and this museum has a ton of them. It's a great place for anyone who is interested in the history of the automobile. CAA has vehicles that were made before 1900 to vehicles that c...  more »
  • For the youngsters, there are lots of interactive spots and a wonderful carousel. Friendly, helpful staff. I so enjoyed the fabric and clothing exhibits, my hubby loved the cars. Kids also loved the b...  more »
  • We started the visit by the mansions adjacent to the Museum. English speaking, the guide we Hi in french with a nice Hello. She shows us a history of the sumptuous home. We then discover the beautiful restored carousel that is installed in a glass Rotunda. The car collection is impressive. You will see three Ford stainless prototypes. In addition the Museum has a rare Chevrolet EV - 1 as well as an AMC Amx prepared for the auto show. The Museum reserves surprises including a hybrid from before the second world war. A small museum but unpretentious which is worth a visit.
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  • Great staff. Cool gift shop. Will be back !
  • Beautiful old cars and the best restored carousel in the land. This is a must see.
  • Various makes of cars kept on display from the initial 1909 model. Few planes also on display. There is a electric car on display made by Baker Motor Vehicle Company in 1904!!!
  • 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.

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