Simeone Foundation Automotive Museum, Philadelphia

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4.8/5 based on 180+ reviews on the web
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  • A unique and superb museum, in the most unlikely of settings. It looks like somewhere Martin Scorcese would film another mob movie, but it feels like a trip to Europe's best auto sites on the inside. ...  read more »
  • Awesome place ! The vehicles on display are great. I had training here and was able to walk around and check the museum out. It is well maintained and has great facts posted. Free parking too 
  • I had heard about this automobile museum in Philadelphia on a television show. I was planning a trip to Philadelphia and added the Simeone Automotive Museum to my list of things to see. Located in a n...  read more »
  • I met Dr. Simeone a few years ago after my wife interviewed him for work. He knows more about the cars in his collection than you do I can assure you. So much fun and history. Do yourself a favor and go.
  • A great automotive museum, packed with all kinds of antique and historic cars. Come on Demo Days, and watch some of these amazing cars get driven around the lot in the back, including an explanation and history of the cars.
  • Came here simply because they had a twin turbo 2 seater 300zx on display. Really good museum with a great selection of cars. Well presented. Some cars still need restoration, including the 300zx I came to see. Very big complex with plenty of room to grow.
  • There is something to interest everyone at the Simeone Automotive Museum. Visitors who may not consider themselves automotive enthusiasts may marvel at cars from over a century ago. Kerosene headlamps, horns that were actually brass tubes, trunks that are actually rectangular boxes--all automotive features that have disappeared from modern cars. Perhaps they will behold the radical shape and color of the Porsche 917LH. Perhaps they will consider the fearlessness of the racers who drove cars that had absolutely no element of safety. Anyone can appreciate the timeless beauty and art of cars such as the 1933 Auburn V12 Speedster or the two Mercedes Gullwings. Fans of motorsports will be happy to know that the theme of the museum is “The Spirit of Competition.” There are sports cars, Grand Prix cars, rally cars, Le Mans cars, speed record holders, NASCARs and everything in between. Among those are original race winners, such as the 1937 Bugatti 57G that came first overall in the 1937 24 Hours of Le Mans. There are cars from the United States, United Kingdom, France, Germany, Italy and Japan. Besides the cars that are on regular museum display, feature exhibits occur regularly throughout the year, keeping things that much more interesting. There have been exhibits featuring the cars of Britain, Italy, Japan, Saab, Ford and even motorcycles. To refer to the Simeone Automotive Museum as just a 'museum' would be a grand understatement. The Simeone Foundation Automotive Museum is living history. The cars are kept in immaculate condition. Running condition. This is no small undertaking. Nearly every single one of the approximately 70 cars at the museum is in running condition. From the 1909 American Underslung to the 1975 Alfa Romeo 33 TT, the cars run. Many of the cars look fast just sitting still in their museum exhibits. Some may think that that is insufficient proof of speed. This is not a problem, for twice a month, on average, the museum takes three or four cars out to the back lot for their Demonstration Days. These events allow museum patrons to experience the sight, sound, smell (and feel) of the cars driving around the lot. Further, the Demonstration Days are an opportunity for Dr. Simeone to discuss the cars in greater detail. Whether it is hearing the smooth purr of the Ferrari V12's, whether it is smelling the exhaust of the Bentley 4.5 Litre, whether it is watching the race-winning and now award-winning Shelby Cobra Daytona Coupe, or feeling the bone-rattling roar of the 1963 Corvette Grand Sport, every Demonstration Day is both a history lesson and a spectacle. The Grand Sport, featured at my first Demo Day visit, was the car that rekindled my passion for automobiles after years focused purely on aviation. Dr. Simeone's passion for automobiles and attention to detail are evident during every visit to the museum. His philosophy of preserving cars rather than restoring them, if possible, is clearly visible. You can see the original wear in the leather seats, the nicks in the original paint of century-old cars, the original tires on the 1937 Cord, and so on. While many other automotive collectors strive to return everything to factory-fresh, Dr. Simeone lets the history show. Dr. Simeone is always approachable and amiable, happy to share his passion with museum visitors on Demonstration Days. Whether it is your first visit or hundredth visit, you will learn something new or notice something you had never seen before. If you come on a Demonstration Day, you will have a chance at experiencing the living history that makes the museum so great. Philadelphia is a very historic city. Everybody knows that it is home to Independence Hall and the Liberty Bell. However, it is also home to nearly 70 historic automobiles in this incredible museum, located minutes from the airport. If you have even the slightest interest in automobiles, art, or history, there is something for you at the museum. A visit to Philadelphia is incomplete without a stop at the Simeone Foundation Automotive Museum.
  • Excellent Exceptional collection. Must see for all
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