Inspired by more than 60 vehicles, the Museum shares exciting stories about this transformational time in American history. Stories about invention and innovation, art, design, women’s rights, and social and economic changes can be traced through the early automobile, when inventors were experimenting with steam, electricity, and gas-powered engines. The Seal Cove Auto Museum shares these stories — the innovation, ingenuity, and the power of imagination — that created these vehicles and transformed life in America.
The Museum hosts many programs and events throughout the year including demonstration days, Cars & Coffees, dances, dinners, kids’ activities, and more. Visit our Events Page for more information.
Next ReviewsAmy Campbell21:37 18 Sep 22A very interesting museum. Great selection of pre 1920's cars and their relation to the women's suffragette movement. ... I thought the museum would be boring for someone that's not that interested in cars, but it was fun and educational.read moreWayne Woodard01:44 19 Aug 22My son and I visited on a rainy day and this museum is GREAT! Expect to see early cars and motorcycles, motor bikes,... and others. Learn a piece of history with a focus on how the auto helped millions of people.read moreStace Maples16:37 14 Jul 22What an amazing surprise. Mostly pre-20's autos and motorcycles with a beautifully curated exhibit related entirely to... the role of the auto in the Suffrage movement. Excellent research, beautiful cars, careful presentations, great staff.read moreSimaan Gaffary19:32 10 Jul 22Scenic drive from Bar Harbor, not to mention a bunch places to get great lobster rolls along the way. Good place to... take the family. It's like a time machine back to 1910. Electric car charger outside.read moreMichael Miller21:54 24 May 22Much better than expected! I've seen bigger museums...but this museum has really pinpointed the more impressive... specimens that stand out. Good amount of information for each one. Price is reasonable for the quality you get to see. I am also very appreciative that they have several electric car chargers in their parking lot. Worth a visit. Plan on 45 minutes to an hour.read moreMelissa Knight00:50 23 Aug 21Not only does this museum sport some rare and interesting cars, it also has artifacts from the Woman's Suffrage... Movement! Some of the cars in the collection are limited in number world wide! There are also some early motorcycles there as well. You can do an audio tour via the website. Don't let the size fool you, this museum is full of great things!read moreLinda McClellan00:18 06 Aug 21Very informative. We had some great conversations with the staff. Incredible old cars.Brenda Reeser00:17 28 Jul 21A few weeks ahead of our visit I sent an email to see if we could get a closer look at one of their cars I had a... special interest in, the curator responded within minutes and was very accommodating. The collection includes some very rare early Fords including a Model K as well as a National Underslung and Pierce Arrow. All the staff we spoke with were very knowledgeable and friendly. The museum shop had a nice selection of shirts, hats, etc. The day we were there noted author and car collector Tom Cotter was giving a presentation and displayed his Cunningham automobile. All in all one of the best car museums on the east coast.read moreLaura Clingman11:36 13 Jun 21No need to post pictures of my own, there are so many in all the other comments and everything you see is just as... posted! What a great place to visit! Definitely and highly recommended!read moreLynn Ceraldi13:08 03 Jun 21Stumbles across this fantastic museum on our way to the Bass harbor light house. One of the best ones I've been too... (and I've been to ALOT!). Display was focusing on the women's suffrage movement. Very informative as well as such an interesting and diverse collection of cars. Highly recommend a stop there if you're in the area.read moreBonnie Jansen09:58 17 Oct 20We are so glad we found this place. Wanting to avoid the crowds in downtown Bar Harbor, someone recommended Seal Cove... Museum. What a gem! We spent about an hour wandering around the museum. So well done!! They change their themes, so we'll go back next year to see what is new. Highly recommend!read moreKarl Wobrock18:17 28 Sep 20Great collection of automobiles going back to 1900! Great people running it. This is a must see. Amazing to see up... close. Perfect for a rainy day in bar harbor.read moreKatey Torrey19:25 13 Sep 20My boys loved itPatty Healy-Osborne13:56 07 Sep 20This little treasure was a great place to go when hiding from the summer heat mid day. The 19th amendment views and... setups were delightful along with a tire from 100 years ago when the women were fighting for the right to vote for all. Loved the old cars that they had including a replica of the one that traveled around the whole country while they were putting out the right to vote!read moreRo. P.20:34 02 Sep 20Great place! Thanks for having a Tesla charger!Joanna Lu20:33 01 Sep 20This is a really interesting niche museum with cars from the late 1800s and early 1900s. The staff is friendly and... knowledgeable, and even let us in the garage to see the cars they were working on to restore. The restrooms are really clean, probably the cleanest public restrooms I’ve ever seen.They also let our dog in with us since he had been with us all day, and no one else was in the museum (end of the day on a weekday). I highly recommend this to all car lovers, and even those who simply have an interest in history, like me!read moreCarly Dodds00:40 27 Aug 20This museum is a hidden gem! A little off the beaten path, but definitely worth a trip from Bar Harbor! We went since... my husband likes cars and motorcycles, but I enjoyed the visit too! I was surprised to find the museum had lots of info on the women's sufragette movement and how it related to cars! It was nice to see the cars from a different perspective.read moreolga segal03:39 26 Aug 20Amazing museum featuring rare and beautiful antique cars. Dedicated and knowledgeable staff that patiently answered our... questions and even played an antique gramophone for us! The kids and the adults had an amazing time and did not want to leave!read more
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Nov 1 – Apr 30:
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