The Seal Cove Auto Museum, located near Acadia National Park in Tremont, Maine, offers visitors a close look at antique cars and motorcycles, most from the "Brass Era" (1895-1917). Many have been completely restored. This non-profit museum carries on the legacy of its founder and is a must see for any age.
- Open from May 1st to October 31st, all week from 10 a.m to 5 p.m
- For event information or to verify fees call-1-207-244-9242
- Adults $5, Seniors $4.50, Children (12 and under) $2. Groups of 6 or more $4 per person
- AAA and members of other automobile museums discounts 10%
- Members of AMA, NEMA, and other museum professional organizations - Free admission
The Seal Cove Auto Museum was founded by Richard Paine, an island native and car enthusiast. It is now run by the Paine Trust. A quiet and private man himself, the museum, left as his legacy reflects much of the same. Located in what is considered a secluded area of the island, the museum overlooks Seal Cove Pond and Acadia National Park.
What is on display?
The museum displays selections of Paine's collection, some of the rarest cars in the United States, like the 1915 FRP, believed to be the only one in existence today. Paine’s collection includes a rare 1914 Stanley Mountain Wagon, a 1909 Corbin, and many other impressive examples of vehicles long gone. There are many antique motorcycles, some over 100 years old, and usually more than 50 other vehicles to view. Many are from the late 1800’s and the collection boasts of remarkable condition. Visitors can also see several examples of steam cars, such as an extremely rare 1909 White. Locomotives, Electric and Gas powered vehicles from the centuries past are all represented.
A visit to this museum is a must for any car enthusiast or anyone interested in the beauty and history found in antique cars. Special events through out the season are geared towards families and children that give educational highlights with fun twists to these Antiques. If you appreciate the romance and mystery of a bygone era, you will be impressed by your visit.
Information and fees
The museum is open from May 1st to October 31st, all week from 10 a.m to 5 p.m. The museum also offers many events throughout the season which can be found on their website or by calling 207-244-9242. The admission fees are very reasonable for such a wonderful and enlightening experience. This is obvious from the moment you see the antique cash register that is used to collect the admission fee. Adults are $5, Seniors $4.50, and for Children (12 and under) $2. Groups of 6 or more are $4 per person. The museum also offers AAA discounts of 10% and the same discount for members of other automobile museums. Free admission is given to Museum employees, members of AMA, NEMA, and other museum professional organizations.
Take Route 3 from Ellsworth to Mount Desert Island. Bear right after crossing the bridge at the light at the head of the island onto Route 102 toward Southwest Harbor. Drive through the Town of Somesville and turn right onto Pretty Marsh Road. Drive 5.8 miles. On the right, the Seal Cove Auto Museum is a large blue building a distance back from the road. It is directly across from Seal Cove Pond, at 1414 Tremont Road.