America’s Packard Museum gives glimpse into lives of the famous and infamous

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DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – You can take a walk back in time, just by heading to downtown Dayton. Some of the country’s most famous — and infamous — owned cars now on display in America’s Packard Museum.

“Every car has lived for at least 65 years and has had so many experiences,” said Daniel Badger, the managing director of America’s Packard Museum. “Many cases, we’ve been able to find documentation of those experiences that the cars hav had and the things they’ve seen. That’s really what makes this so fun.”

The museum, located on S. Ludlow Street, houses cars and memorabilia dating from 1903 to 1956 in the former Packard factory dealership in Dayton’s motor car district.

“Every day we hear from local residents that they’ve either nevre heard of the place or driven past it for years and never walked in the door,” said Badger.

The collection includes a popular 1928 Jesse Vincent Speedster, built for the company’s chief engineer and driven by U.S. President Woodrow Wilson. Another vehicle turning heads is a 1947 Super Clipper once owned by infamous gangster Al Capone.

Many of the cars not owned by the museum, including the Super Clipper, are on loan from a network of Packard enthusiasts. Badger explained a quarter of the inventory rotates every few months.

America’s Packard Museum is open 7 days a week noon to 5 p.m., excluding several holidays.

Admission is $6 for adults, $5 for seniors and free for students and children.

You can find more information about the museum by clicking here.

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