Tuesday, August 22, 2017

The Cars from Transformers, Featuring Megatron and Bumblebee, Are Coming to America on Wheels!

Do you have a Transformers fan at home? Do you know someone who has always dreamed of seeing the Transformers cars in person? Well, hold on to your hubcaps! We're heading beyond New Jersey for this post, but not too far beyond.  America On Wheels Auto Museum is located in Allentown, Pennsylvania, and it's worth the ride if you're a car enthusiast. Well, even if you're not, I think it's a fun place and worth the trip. And guess what? America on Wheels has a special exhibit starting September 9th. The cars from Transformers, featuring Megatron and Bumblebee, will be at the museum!! 


Transformers Exhibit Information

Before I tell you about the museum in detail, you must read about their latest exhibit! We were excited to learn that the cars from Transformers will be on display at America on Wheels starting September 9, 2017. The exhibit runs through December 30, 2017, so you have plenty of time to plan ahead! Kids 5 and under are free!! Here's what you can expect, as stated in the museum's press release:

The Cars from Transformers, Featuring Bumblebee and Megatron, is the largest Transformers vehicle exhibit to date, and will include the following cars from the cast:

-Bumblebee – 2014 Chevrolet Camaro Concept – Transformers: Age of Extinction
-Sideswipe – 50th Anniversary Corvette Stingray Concept – Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen 
-Rollbar – 2013 Sonic RS Rally – Transformers: Age of Extinction
-Megatron – Mack Truck – Transformers: Dark of the Moon 

The exhibit was curated by Ed Welburn, America On Wheels board member and retired General Motors (GM) vice president of Global Design. Bumblebee, Swideswipe and Rollbar were designed under his leadership at GM. “The vehicles in Transformers often give viewers a glimpse into the future of automotive design through concept vehicles,” said Welburn. “With the release of Transformers: The Dark Knight this summer, the exhibit is a great opportunity for fans to revisit some of the most iconic vehicles from the franchise.”

Museum visitors will get an up-close look at the vehicles and learn about the development processes of each model. Photo opportunities will be available on several select days throughout the exhibit’s run.


Stay tuned to the America on Wheels website  and The Jersey Momma for more information! Okay, now let me tell you all about one of our favorite museums and the other exhibits you'll see there...


What is America On Wheels Auto Museum?

America on Wheels is an auto and transportation museum located in Allentown, Pennsylvania.  They have permanent displays and rotating exhibits.  You can see everything from antique cars, classic cars, Mack trucks, transportation vehicles, bicycles, collectibles, artwork and more.


How Much Will America on Wheels Cost Me?

One of the most appealing things about the museum is the affordable entry fee.  As of the publication date of this entry, adults are only $10.00 each, $7.00 for seniors, $5.00 for kids ages 6 and up, and children 5 and under are FREE!  (but always be sure to check their website for the most up to date ticket prices. They are open year round, but again, days and hours vary, so check their website or call ahead for exact information).

What Will I See at America on Wheels Auto Museum?

As soon as you enter the parking lot you'll notice a car right away in the upstairs window.  The cars on display change- the one we happened to see in the window was from "The Fast and the Furious" movies.


The museum has permanent exhibits and rotating exhibits.  We visited during their "Cars as Stars" exhibit, so we were able to see cars from famous movies (the Austin Powers VW Beetle, a jalopy from "The Muppet Movie" and many more!  So cool!).

Yeah, baby!  It's the Austin Powers VW Bug!

During another visit we loved seeing their old time kiddie cars! Check out that interior!


There are even fun things to see in the entryway, before you even begin to trek around the museum:

A display in the front lobby of the America on Wheels Auto Museum

And note that the museum is about 'America on Wheels,' so you're not going to just see cars.  There are bicycles on display, too, and the one pictured below just made me squeal! (I am a big Pee Wee Herman fan!)

Pee Wee Herman's bicycle on display at the museum.

Old bicycles at the America on Wheels Museum

There are trucks and race cars that kids can climb inside, too.

Crazy driver at the wheel!

The displays are beautiful and eye-catching, and The Jersey Momma's Boy loved seeing the imaginary buildings surrounded by real vehicles!

Life-size displays of cars and garages

This is a great trip to take with grandparents, too.  We brought Grammy and Poppy along, and they loved seeing the cars from their own era, and even some of the ride-on toys, too!

They have cars from many eras at America on Wheels!

Where Can I Eat at America on Wheels Auto Museum?

The Hubcap Cafe is a small ice cream parlor inside the museum, made to look like a 1950's diner. There's even an old working jukebox playing!  The cafe is only open certain days of the week and weekends seasonally, so be sure to check ahead. The cafe wasn't supposed to be open when we were there, but they were kind enough to open it for the weekday guests so we could have some ice cream. Yummy!  Their website says that they also sell hot dogs here, but they did not have hot dogs available on the weekday that we went.


A balloon sculpture outside of the Hubcap Cafe!

There is a small gift shop at the front of the museum with a variety of toys and t-shirts.  Everyone we encountered there was so friendly; we really enjoyed our visit!


JERSEY MOMMA TIPS

*America on Wheels hosts events and festivities at their museum often.  They have special weekend events and visiting car associations constantly, so check their Facebook page or website for details.

*Keep in mind that this is a small museum in Allentown, so don't expect The Museum of Natural History!  But you get your money's worth and the museum is interesting and fun.

*Keep an eye on their rotating exhibits. If the current exhibit is not something you'd like to see, check ahead to see what their next exhibit will be (I recommend joining their mailing list or visiting their Facebook page).  I was really excited to see the "Cars as Stars," so I planned our visit based on the running times of that exhibit.

*I can't stress enough to check their website before you visit, or call ahead to check their hours of operation.  www.americaonwheels.org   Have fun!!


Visit America on Wheels at
5 North Front Street
Allentown, PA 18102
(610) 432-4200

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