Visiting the Owls Head Transportation Museum

Owls Head Transportation Mueum

The Owls Head Transportation Museum was founded in 1974 and offers a vast collection of more than 100 airplanes, automobiles, bicycles, carriages and engines.  The family-friendly Museum is located on Route 73 at the edge of the Knox County Airport in Owls Head, only 3 miles from Rockland Maine.

The Museum is comprised of three exhibition areas:  The Maine Display features the aircraft and ground vehicles.  The Wright Wing is home to the 1903 Wright Flyer, which was assembled by volunteers.  The State of Maine Wing features changing exhibitions.

Current and past exhibits have included:  “Horse Power,” a collection of horse-drawn vehicles; “A Century Ago,” a display of Maine’s transportation during the Wright Era; and “The Evolution of the Wheel.”

Owls Head’s Aircraft Collection features 28 artifacts.  Favorites include the 1932 Milliken M-1 Special and the 1891 Lilienthal Glider.  The Automobile Collection offers 50 artifacts and includes the 1935 Stout Scarab (the world’s first minivan, and one of only six ever made).  The Motorcycle Collection offers 9 artifacts and includes a 1919 and 1932 Harley Davidson.  The Carriage Collection includes 13 artifacts, and the Bicycle Collection is comprised of 14 artifacts, including an 1868 Velocipede Boneshaker.  The Engine Collection, featuring 25 artifacts, showcases a 1910 Wright Aircraft Engine.

Visitors are invited to take a ride up a carriage lane in a classic Model T.  The Museum’s website often offers virtual exhibitions.  The Museum also offers several special events, including an antique vehicle rally, educational workshops, engine room demos, an Antique Aeroplane Show, and many festivals and auctions.  Free workshops are often offered during school vacation weeks. There are also additional photos and information about the museum on the TakeMe2 Camden website.

The Museum Store provides visitors with a selection of publications, models, and transportation-related gifts.  Guests are welcome to bring their own food, or to purchase snacks and beverages at the Squeaky Wheel.  The Owls Head Transportation Museum is open every day from 10 to 5, with the exception of major holidays.  General admission is $10 for adults, $8 for seniors, and free to children under 18.  (Prices are subject to change.)  For more information, call (207) 594-4418.

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