Car fans, rejoice! The new Cartersville Auto Museum has finally opened – WSB-TV Channel 2
CARTERSVILLE, GA – When you first drive around, you are greeted by a giant, personalized hood ornament statue. Inside you’ll find galleries and collections full of classic and rare cars. The newly opened Savoy Automobile Museum in Cartersville is now very hard to miss.
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The museum has been on the drawing board and under construction for years, but finally opened its doors in Bartow County to the public last week. Steve Gehlbach of Channel 2 spoke with museum executive director Macra Adair and development director Tom Shinall about their newfound pride and joy.
“Seeing the looks on their faces makes me proud,” Adair said. “But it was an emotional cause and we saw it inside and out.”
The sprawling 65,000-square-foot museum opened on December 8 on a 37-acre site on US Highway 411, off Interstate 75. Its name comes from a rusted, unearthed, undamaged 1954 Plymouth Savoy , in the middle of the property while it was being cleaned. The restored Savoy now welcomes visitors outside the building.
“We brought it back to the site,” Adair said. “We’re going to plant a tree in it, tell its story and put a reader rail there because we want people to know who we are now is part of this car’s history.”
The state-of-the-art Automobile Museum offers visitors the opportunity to explore the history and diversity of automobiles. The exhibits will not focus on specific brands, models or eras, but will include constantly rotating exhibits, educational programs and engaging interactive experiences. The museum has some of the vehicles on display, but also houses cars on loan from private collections.
“People come in and say, man, I never thought I would see this car,” Shinall said. “Or wow, that’s a car my grandpa had. Or it’s a car my best friend had when he was 16. There are only memories and connection points for all who seem to pass. “
The Savoy Auto Museum hopes to attract visitors from the Atlanta metro area, the state of Georgia, and all parts of the world looking to connect cars with a certain memory or piece of history. It also has a presentation theater, on-site cafe, and an outdoor pavilion for car shows, concerts and more.
It is part of a museum complex in Cartersville that includes the Bartow History Museum, the Booth Western Art Museum, and the Tellus Science Museum. Tickets for the Savoie Museum cost $ 15.
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