The Saratoga Automobile Museum opened to the public just under 20 years ago. Its mission is to “preserve, interpret and exhibit automobiles and automotive artifacts” while educating visitors on the importance of the automobile in history and today.
The museum is located in a neoclassical style building that used to be a New York State Bottling Plant. This building, which dates back to the 1930s, sits in the vast Saratoga Spa State Park. The park is also home to the Saratoga Performing Arts Center, the National Museum of Dance and other attractions, as well as hiking trails and beautiful views.
Exhibits, Events & Educational Programs
The Saratoga Automobile Museum curates new and ongoing exhibits for visitors to enjoy. This summer, the Rare Air exhibit will feature 16 world-class air-cooled Porsche models and the Abstracted Air exhibit will highlight the work of automotive artist Lyn Hiner.
One of the museum’s ongoing exhibits is called Wheels, Women & Independence from 1900 – 1929. This exhibit celebrates pioneer female automobile enthusiasts such as Amelia Mary Earhart, Joan Newton Cuneo and many others during a time when only 10% of licensed drivers were women.
Did you know the first Grand Prix in the US was in New York State in 1948? The ongoing Racing In New York exhibit educates museum-goers on this and other interesting facts about racing in the state dating back to 1896. One vehicle currency on display is a 1985 STP Pontiac driven by Richard Petty in NASCAR races.
Other ongoing exhibits include East of Detroit, The New York State Stock Car Hall of Fame, and The Bottling Plant.
The Saratoga Automobile Museum also has a variety of events including outdoor car shows, masterclasses and fundraising events, like the nationally acclaimed Saratoga Motorcar Auction held every September. Check their website here to see what events are coming up!
In addition to exhibits and events, the museum offers educational programs including the Distracted Driving Safety Initiative and a variety of Restoration Programs to educate car enthusiasts.
Hours and Ticket Information
The Saratoga Automobile Museum is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m but is open on different days during certain months. The museum is open Wednesday to Sunday from January to March, is open daily from April to September and is open Tuesday to Sunday from October to December. Tickets are $12 for adults and are $10 for children 6-16, Students 17 and older, senior citizens, and Veterans or active military personnel. Children under 6 can enter for free.
“We were pleasantly surprised. Cars from all different eras dating back to the early 1900s. The history and description of the cars is easy and quick to read. You can get up close to each of the cars. Totally worth going.”
—Diane S., TripAdvisor