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Museums focus on school vacation, civil rights events


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The Owls Head Transportation Museum in Maine offers a series of children’s activities during school vacation week, February 20-24. The activities have been designed for youth ages 6 to 14. The workshops are free to the public and materials are provided, though the museum suggests a $5 donation. Registration opens today and it is strongly encouraged as seating is limited.

Activities run from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and include a paper airplane workshop on February 20 followed by Mousetrap Cars, Stick and Tissue Airplanes, Electric Cars and the week ends with Hot Air Balloons.

More educational opportunities:

February 16, the Petersen Museum in Los Angeles launches its Explorations series with “The Car and Civil Rights,” with education coordinator Jason Hartwig talking about the relationship between the automotive and the civil rights movement.

About a week later, the Auburn Cord Duesenberg museum in Indiana offers its second winter-discussion series program with a presentation titled “Freedom Rides, the Impact of Transportation on the Civil Rights Movement.” That presentation will take place February 21.

The museum also plans to present “Tucker: A Man and his Motorcar” on February 25.

February 20, the National Corvette Museum holds a “Pokemon science” day for ages 7-12. Participants will be able to create Pikachu lightning bolts, shoot fireballs like Chizard and discover how Hoppip is easily lifted off the ground among other things.

LeMay – America’s Car Museum in Tacoma, Washington, holds a K-12 educator workshop February 25 from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. with a goal of helping teachers develop new ways to incorporate science, technology, engineering, and art into their lessons.

LeMay Marymount offers driver education in a Model T with students touring the historic 88-acre Marymount Military Academy Campus while learning how to drive a Ford Model T. Classes are offered from May through September.

The British Motor Museum holds a “Cars through the lens” photography workshop March 18, followed by “Lights, Camera… Cars” the following day. Each workshop will be led by Lara Platman, who will teach participants how to use their camera settings, basic light and composition, the rule of thirds, and other essential techniques.

Travel opportunities:

The National Corvette Museum in Kentucky heads to Seattle, Washington, for an adventure-filled weekend July 26-30 with sights including Mount Rainier, the LeMay museums, Museum of Flight, Seattle Center (with Space Needle), Pikes Place Market and more. Registration is $1,890 for single occupancy and an additional $340 for double occupancy. NCM Members receive a $40 discount.


The Mullin Automotive Museum opens an exhibit celebrating the French automaker, Citroën. “Citroën: The Man, The Marque, The Mystique,” will feature cars from the entire history of the company as well as an in-depth look at the founder, Andre Citroën. The exhibit will run from Saturday, March 11th, 2017 through the spring of 2018.

Meanwhile, the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History opened an exhibit February 1 that displays objects that were used during the days of the Black American Racers Inc. The former owner and president Leonard W. Miller and former members of BAR donated clothing, race victory trophies and awards, as well as the iconic steering wheel from the Formula Super Vee driven by the late BAR driver Tommy Thompson.

Car shows

The Blackhawk Museum in Danville, California, hosts cars and coffee February 19 from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m., with a special celebration of Enzo Ferrari’s 119th birthday presented by the Ferrari Club of America and the Alfa Romeo Association.

The Petersen Museum holds a “Breakfast Club Cruise-In” on Sunday, February 26 to celebrate Enzo Ferrari’s birthday. The cruise-in is held from 9 a.m. to noon on the third-floor parking structure. Awards will be

It’s not just cars:

The Gilmore Car Museum in southwestern Michigan invites guests for a “Pint with the Past” on February 11 from 7 p.m. to  10 p.m., a beer-tasting fundraiser will include live music, appetizers, and cars for viewing.

Cars, Corks, and Chocolates take place on February 12 from 12:30 – 3:30 p.m. at the America on Wheels Museum in Pennsylvania.

On February 18, the Simeone Automotive Museum in Philadelphia holds the AC Retrospective dinner party, a celebration of how a small British car manufacturer that created three-wheel delivery vehicles in 1907 would end up working with Carroll Shelby to create the Shelby Cobras. Special guest will be noted AC racer William S. Jackson. The museum shows a corresponding “Best of Britain” and “AC Cars Retrospective” exhibit from February 18 to March 12, 2017, in support of the Foundation’s Teen Driver Awareness Program.

The British Motor Museum holds “Brick Week” February 18-26 and invites guests to the museum to take part in the automotive-themed brick-building challenges. Guest will be able to complete their own Lego brick section and professional model builders will attach it to the Lego brick mini the museum hopes to assemble in less than 9 days.

February 24, the California Automobile Museum in Sacramento holds “Zero to 60’s: A Mad Men Office Party” at 5:30 p.m.

On April 1, the Kansas City Automotive Museum hosts the third annual Dancing with the Cars event, a fundraiser that includes a dinner buffet, entertainment and a silent/live auction.

June 3, the LeMay stages “Fast & Furious, the 2017 Wheels & Heels Annual Gala.”





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