Mission & Vision

Mission Statement

To tell the story of innovation, ingenuity, technical and social change in New England and America through the development and use of early motor vehicles.



  • 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 adopted a new three-year strategic plan at the end of 2019.