More Than Just a Bunch of Old Cars
The Sarasota Classic Car Museum, in sunny Sarasota, Florida, has stood the test of time, and is probably one of the oldest businesses to still exist in the Sarasota/Manatee County area of South Florida. Although the museum has been here since 1952, it didn’t officially open to the public until 1953. And being 56 years old hasn’t diminished this quint museum at all. In fact, since its’ renovation, it appears that it will be around for at least another 50 years.
If you’re ever in this part of Florida, it would be worth your time to visit. It’s located on U.S. 41 in Sarasota, Florida. The museum sits on 4 acres of land which happens to be right down the road from the Ringling Museum of Art and the Asolo Theater. You can’t help but see it. Just keep looking for a large building with an antique car on its roof.
This collection of cars represents over 100 manufacturing years and contains cars starting with almost every letter of the alphabet. You have Auburn, Bentley, Cadillac station wagon, DeLorean, Edsel, and Ferrari to name just a few. You also have exotic cars, vintage cars, muscle cars (my favorite) – and even Don Garlits’ dragster. You’ll get to see and John Lennon’s Mercedes.
The museum is a non-profit organization that runs basically from donations. In order for them to meet and achieve their goal of preserving cars from the 20th century, along with their history – they offer membership to the museum.
The memberships range in price from the Chrysler Copper Membership for $50.00 to the Tucker Titanium Membership for $5,000. Each membership has its’ benefits, but they are non-transferable, aren’t valid for special events, but the cost is tax deductible.
Even though it’s one of the oldest car museums in the world, the Sarasota Classic Car Museum is more than just a bunch of old cars and is not to be out-done by other attractions in this area. It has a gift shop filled with collectibles, there is an antique camera and photograph display, an antique game arcade – with games that actually work, and yes, there is the “living” collection of over 100 automobiles. But it also has a 4,000 square foot open-air atrium which can be used for banquets and special events.
They also have a 3,300 square foot stage room where meetings, receptions and auctions can be held and a 1,500 square foot business meeting room. If you should ever use their facility for your meetings or special events, you don’t have to worry about food because they also offer catering services with a large variety of menus and cuisines.
If you have an event coming up – let them know about it. All their rooms are flexible and can be adjusted for any occasion. And so you’re able to make a grand entrance, they also offer limousine service, so you can arrive in style.
They specialize in birthday parties, Christmas parties, class reunions, auctions, art exhibits, anniversaries, rehearsal dinners, theme parties, wedding receptions and more. To make that special event even more special, they will also arrange for a balloon artist, a band, a disc jockey, ice sculptures, a photographer, a Santa and valet parking.
So not only do you get to see this amazing collection of cars, you can dine and dance among them also. The entire building is accessible by wheelchair and they even have free wheelchairs you can use.
The Sarasota Classic Car Museum is open daily from 9am to 6pm, 364 days a year. They are closed on Christmas however. The price rates are listed below, but you will have to inquire about group rates for schools. If you access their website, you will discover a discount coupon that can be printed and used for a $1.00 off the price of your ticket. This coupon doesn’t have an expiration date on it, so check with them to make sure it’s valid.