An interesting thing to do when you are vacationing in Florida is to plan activities related to cars. After all, Florida is the home of Daytona, the Moto GP is held in Tampa, and so much more. But also, because of museums. The Dezer Museum is in Miami, and in Fort Lauderdale, you can find the Antique Car Museum, filled with classic Packards.
The story of the Antique Car Museum is very interesting, as it is based on Arthur Stone and his wife Shirley Stone´s Packard Collection. Arthur Stone started a flower business and made his fortune, and that way he ended up collecting Packard cars and started exhibiting the cars, vehicles and other objects and artifacts related to Packard.
Arthur Stone died in 2010 and Shirley passed in 2016, but their children are keeping their legacy going by maintaining the museum and taking care of the collection.
Speaking about the collection, it is indeed incredible, even for those who know little about cars. Since you are here and we are also talking a lot of television, think you were right in a Pawn Stars or an American Pickers episode. So many things, everything with a story to learn about. You could find the coolest classic car, a Packard that was used by none other than Albert Einstein, as well as an oil can from the twenties.
There are in all 22 Packard cars from 1900 to 1940, and each of them tells its own story. One as a doctor´s coupe and has all of the doctor’s objects. There´s also a Firefighter truck and much more.
Besides the cars, there are also other things such as advertising banners, pictures, tools, posters, signs, car parts and a large etcetera.
I was elated to see the Packard twin six engine as it is my favorite of all the classics, and I could see several there from this brand that lasted from 1899 to 1958.
We could recommend the Antique Car Museum to
- Car lovers and car enthusiasts
- Anybody working in the industry, mechanics, car dealerships, factories.
- Anybody working in advertisement, design and creative industries as you will find lots of inspiring contents.
- Families. Kids love cars.
- Anybody wanting to do an indoor activity in Fort Lauderdale.
Some noteworthy comments about Antique Car Museum in Fort Lauderdale
- Location: 1527 Packard Ave (SW 1st Ave.)
- Working Hours: Mondays through Fridays 10 AM – 4 PM.
- Prices: Suggested contribution of $10 for adults, $5 for kids 5 to 12 and free for toddlers and kids up to 5.
- Parking: There´s free parking in the back.
- Visiting time: You should allot time according to your fandom of cars. Two hours is a good start to enjoy the visit.
- Visitor guides in Spanish and English, as well as very friendly and knowledgeable staff.