Seal Cove Auto Museum, Antique Autos and Motorcycles from the Brass Era, Mount Desert Island, Maine
2013 Events
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The air cooled Knox was called the "Old Porcupine."
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2014 EVENTS at the MUSEUM

April
Saturday, April 12 Lego Car Day Come play with us! Kids of all ages are invited to come and be inspired by the unique collection of the earliest cars and motorcycles, and then create their own automobile inspiration with the museum's Lego® brand blocks. 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
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May
Thursday, May 1 Opening Day! Get a ride in the Museum's 1926 Ford. Coffee and cookies, popcorn, and free admissions for the day.
Saturday, May 3 Opening Reception Help us celebrate the museum's new exhibit, Motoring Into the 20th Century.
4:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Sunday, May 11 Mother's Day activities Tours and talks on the female pioneers of motoring, wealthy socialites and their cars, ladies and electrics, fashions, and more. Elegant gifts for Mom in the Museum’s Gift Shop with 10% discount. Free admission for moms.
Tuesday, May 20 Bentley Car Club Visit Private tour. The museum will remain open, come by and you may get the chance to see some classic cars in which the Club members arrive to the museum.
Thursday, May 22 Bar Harbor Chamber Business After Hours Reception
May 24-26 Memorial Day activities View our early Racers: 1912 Thomas Flyer, 1910 Stoddard Dayton, and 1908 Stanley Steamer Semi-Racer and learn fun facts about the Indy 500.
June
Monday, June 2 Annual Meeting Meet the Executive Director and members of the Board, review the past year and hear about what it is in store for the year ahead. Opportunity for members and volunteers to offer their input.
5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Wednesday, June 11 Chrome Glidden Tour Private tour. The museum will remain open, come by and you may get the chance to see some classic cars in which the Club members arrive to the museum.
Sunday, June 15 Father's Day activities Tours and talks on cars and car collecting. Cool gifts for Dad in the Museum’s Gift Shop with 10% discount. Free admission for dads.
Tuesday, June 17 First weekly Demonstration Day Demonstration days will run every Tuesday from June 17 through October 21, during which the Museum's curator will talk about an auto in the collection. The auto will be started and demonstrated when possible.
July
Wednesday, July 30 Happy Birthday Henry Ford! Talks by the Museum's docents about Henry Ford and The Great Race throughout the day. The Great Race movie showing at 10:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m.
August
Thursday, August 7 Kids Day Take a spin in the Museum's Model T Ford Depot Hack. Games, toy car races, educational activities, model car displays, photos in period clothing, and silent movies throughout the day. Kids 12 and under get free admission, plus a grab bag with balloon, stickers, and more.
Thursday, August 14 License Plate Day Richard Fraser, author of A History of Maine Built Automobiles, 1834-1934 for a talk on Maine license plates. Tim Steniford, License Plate Aficionado and Editor of Plates Magazine will discuss the history and hobby of collecting license plates.
Thursday, August 21 Alternative Energy Day Exploration of steam, electric, and gasoline autos from the early 1900s. See the Tesla, Leaf, and other new electric cars, along with demonstrations of solar and electric autos of the future. The museum charging station is available for your use! Movies about electric cars at 10:00 a.m., lectures about alternative energy sources starting at 2:00 p.m.
Saturday, August 23 Lecture at the Museum Join Margo Melton Nutt for a talk titled James Melton: The Tenor of His Time. "America’s Favorite Tenor" was perhaps the first multi-media performer—in a career that spanned concerts, recordings, movies, the Metropolitan Opera, radio and television, from the 1920s to 1950s. His fame as a singer was equaled by his renown as an antique car collector. Reception at 5:30 p.m., talk starts at 6:00 p.m.
Read more about Ms. Nutt (daughter of James Melton) and her new book.
September
August 30 - September 1 Labor Day activities Talks about the early assembly lines of Henry Ford and the formation of The United Auto Workers. Silent movies and records played on the Museum's vintage Edison Gramophone throughout day. Half-price for all regular admissions.
Saturday, September 6 Lecture at the Museum Join guest curator Dr. Carrie Brown for a talk titled Rosie’s Mom. In 1917, a full generation before Rosie the Riveter rolled up her sleeves and adorned the cover of the Saturday Evening Post, American women entered the workshops of the First World War. Reception at 5:30 p.m., talk starts at 6:00 p.m.
Thursday, September 11 Patriot Day activities Members of the Armed Services and Veterans will be guests of the Museum. A World War II Jeep will be on display.
October
October 27 - 30 Spooky Car Days Museum decorated with cobwebs, skeletons, and spooky stuff, with hot cider, haunted cookies, and creepy treats on hand. End of the season super discount sales at the Museum Store. Keystone Cops and other silent movies shown throughout the day, with spooky tours at 11:00 AM and 2:00 PM. Kids 12 and under get free admission, and if they arrive in costume a grab bag with balloon, stickers, and more.
October 31 Halloween activities & closing celebration Museum decorated with cobwebs, skeletons, and spooky stuff, with hot cider, haunted cookies, and creepy treats on hand. End of the season super discount sales at the Museum Store. Keystone Cops and other silent movies shown throughout the day, with spooky tours at 11:00 AM and 2:00 PM. Kids 12 and under get free admission, and if they arrive in costume a grab bag with balloon, stickers, and more.


ALSO FIND US & OUR CARS AT EVENTS IN THE REGION

Thursday, April 3 Motoring Into the 20th Century:Cultural and Industrial Innovations of the Earliest Automobiles Jesup Memorial Library, Bar Harbor, 7:00 p.m.
America at the dawn of the 20th century was in the process of rapid and transformational growth. New inventions were being marketed to average American's and traditional social and gender roles were being challenged. It was an exciting time, and one of the most exciting new inventions was motorized travel. Raney Bench, Executive Director of the Seal Cove Auto Museum will present a preview of the upcoming exhibit Motoring into the 20th Century, highlighting several key changes in manufacturing that enabled the invention of the automobile, and some of the resulting social changes.
Saturday, June 7 Gouldsboro 250th Anniversary Parade
Friday, July 4 Bar Harbor Independence Day Parade
Saturday, July 12 Southwest Harbor Flamingo Festival Parade
Thursday, July 17 Public Dance in Partership with the Southwest Harbor Public Library
Saturday, August 16 Northeast Harbor Antique Auto Roundup
Saturday, September 27 Ellsworth Autumn Gold Car Show
Saturday, October 11 Southwest Harbor Oktoberfest