About Us

Mission Statement

To tell the story of innovation and ingenuity in New England and America through the early development of the automobile.


  • To be a resource for the local community and for auto enthusiasts across the nation.
  • To offer dynamic educational experiences that inspire, enlighten, and entertain visitors of all ages.
  • To collect and preserve resources on Brass Era automobiles, their designers and manufacturers.
  • To honor the memory of pioneer automobile collector Richard C. Paine, Jr.

Core Values

  • We are committed to upholding professional standards in the maintenance of the Museum and its collections.
  • We are dedicated to educating the American public— especially our youth— about our nation’s early automotive history and its relevance to today.
  • We value the study and teaching of automotive history and how it affects the present and the future.
  • We are committed to maintaining high standards of professional and ethical museum practices and historical scholarship.
  • We are dedicated to the highest level of conduct in our relationships with each other and in our governance of the Museum.
  • We strive to be an educational and cultural resource for the citizens of the State of Maine and beyond.

Strategic Plan
The Seal Cove Auto Museum began the process of developing a three-year strategic plan in 2014. Raney Bench, Executive Director, began the planning process by conducting a series of interviews with staff, the board of directors, and selected stakeholders, including the Trustees of the Richard C. Paine Jr. Charitable Trust. The results of those interviews gave direction for the future goals and opportunities to be pursued by the Museum.

View the 2015-2018 Strategic Plan