Rendering courtesy AACA Museum.
Back in April, our friends at the AACA Museum in Hershey, Pennsylvania, announced that they had recently reached their fundraising goals to construct a new visitor entrance, the Clyne Gateway. Constructed in the style of a 1940s automobile dealership, complete with period-style chrome and glass, the new Clyne Gateway will echo similar full-size diorama-like display areas inside the museum. The new space will also double as an additional gallery for the museum.
The faux dealership’s showroom floor will accommodate two or three vehicles, along with an exhibit of artifacts and automotive advertising. It is anticipated that the space will host rotating displays comprised of the education resources of marque clubs and other automotive organizations which lack exhibition spaces of their own.
“This space,” says AACA Museum Executive Director, Jeffrey Bliemeister, “will be…used to build relationships between the Museum and the automotive community it serves. We envision the space commemorating automotive milestones and anniversaries and providing exposure to the rich array of clubs that can be found throughout this vibrant hobby.”
Construction is scheduled to begin later this spring, but the first three displays have already been announced:
From the fall of 2017 to the spring of 2018, the National Corvette Restorers Society (NCRS) will display some of its collection in the new space; for the summer of 2018, the Clyne Gateway will be part of a museum-wide exhibition “The Road to Safer Cars” which is being guest curated by Roger White, of the Smithsonian National Museum of American History; and club displays will return in autumn 2018 with an exhibit from the International Thunderbird Club (ITC).
Exhibitions in the Clyne Gateway will be available on a scheduled basis. Automotive clubs are invited to inquire with the museum about using the space. For further information on the new exhibition space, or to arrange your own visit to the museum, call 717-566-7100 or visit AACAMuseum.org.