America's Packard Museum


The Dayton Motor Car District is located in the southwest corner of downtown. The city's first motorcar dealerships were built here because of the proximity of the railroad freight yards. Following WW I, as automobile ownership significantly increased, the number of dealerships and related businesses grew. The Citizens Motorcar Co. showroom, housed in a 1917 building, has been restored to its original 1930s' appearance. The vintage Packards, built from 1899 to 1956, demonstrate the company's leadership in automotive design and engineering. The showroom's restored service area features original parts and accessories.

Activity Details

Activity Type:Trips and Destinations
Discipline:Other
Topic(s):Space/Transportation
Grade:K-2, 3-5, 6-8, 9-12
Time:Full day

Fun Fact:Packard cars were built from 1899 until 1956. With some 20 restored and original automobiles on display, the museum is said to house the world's largest collection of "Packard only" motorcars, artifacts, and artwork.